[annotator-dev] integrating the Annotator with Wordpress

Mark MacGillivray mark at odaesa.com
Fri May 27 20:13:44 UTC 2011

hi Andrea,

thanks for working on the project! However I have some questions
regarding the aim of making annotator a wordpress plugin. I am not
trying to put you off - just discussing!

The annotator code can already quite easily work on any website, it
can be added in with one line of javascript or used as a bookmarklet /
greasemonkey script. What more would you need to do to integrate it
with wordpress than for the plugin just write the necessary line of
javascript in the header?

Also, this might be of interest for you to look at:


It is a wordpress plugin that enables commenting by paragraph.
However, it is not very flexible to use, and requires a fair bit of
document prep before functioning properly. It is used, for example, at

I do agree that wordpress is a great platform to develop for though,
as it is hugely popular, so I am looking forward to seeing what you


On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM, Andrea Fiore
<andrea.giulio.fiore at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> My name is Andrea, and I am a freelance web developer currently based in
> Brighton. I write to you to briefly introduce myself, and to announce that I
> have just started working on an Annotator plugin for Wordpress.
> I am very excited to have the opportunity of contributing to an ambitious
> and  well executed software project like the Annotator.
> Web annotation is by no mean a new concept. On the contrary, I would argue
> that is an idea that has been around since the very early days of digital
> media.  I am thinking of  vapourware like Vannevar Bush's Memex, and Ted
> Nelson's Xanadu, but also at previous web based implementations such as W3C
> Annotea, or more recent projects like Shiftspace.org, and Emphasis
> (https://github.com/NYTimes/Emphasis).
> And yet none of these projects has really managed to  reach a critical mass
> of users, and inline annotation is still far from occupying a prominent role
> in the way people use the web.
> I am not sure if the OKFN Annotator  should aim at becoming  "the
> annotation" platform in the same way as google has become "the search"
> platform. However I can say that, as a user, it has been probably my best
> Web annotation experience so far :)
> Despite being built on a rather poor technological stack, Wordpress is
> probably one of the most popular web publishing tool. I believe it could
> provide a very exciting space for people to use  the annotator, and it may
> offer interesting opportunities for for exploring new uses for it.
> So, in the next few days I will work  on a first, very basic pre-alpha
> version of the Wordpress addon. The project source code lives here
> (https://github.com/okfn/annotator-wordpress). I will soon set up also a
>  wordpress installation so you can play with the addon, break it, and
> possibly report a few bugs and feature requests :)
> Will keep you guys posted on the project progress,
> Obviously your feedback is much welcome!
> Cheers and have a good week end,
> Andrea
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