[annotator-dev] Predefined Categories + Colored Highlights

Michael Widner mikewidner at stanford.edu
Fri Feb 20 07:34:56 UTC 2015

Hi, Steph,

I've written a plugin (for Lacuna Stories) that does precisely what 
you're asking. I'll note that the different colors quickly become a mess 
because of the way transparencies combine. I don't currently have the 
code in a public repo, but I plan to share it shortly (as in, within a 
week). It's built on the 1.2 branch.



On 2/19/15 10:42 AM, steph wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm currently evaluating my options for introducing the functionality 
> to have predefined tags/categories with colors assigned to annotations 
> that will yield colored highlights of highlighted text. I'll be 
> building this on Annotator 1.2.version and likely upgrading to 
> Annotator 2 in the future.
> Here are the options I'm seeing:
> * Copy the existing Tags core plugin and add to it. This doesn't have 
> colored highlighting, so it would be a very basic building block.
> * Start with the Tags-annotator, listed on the annotatorjs.org Plugins 
> page. This appears to have predefined tags + highlights, but the last 
> commit was in April of 2014.
> * Start with the Categories Plugin, listed on the annotatorjs.org 
> Plugins page. This points to a forked version of annotator's 
> categories.coffee file. The last commit was a while ago.
> * Start from scratch. I've already gone through a couple of iterations 
> of this functionality for another client, so I'm familiar with the 
> API. I could probably piece together a plugin from code I've already 
> written.
> I can go ahead and evaluate each of the plugins to determine which has 
> features/options I need, but am I missing any options that should be 
> on this list. Are there any more "popular" or up-to-date plugins with 
> this type of functionality?
> Thanks!
> Steph
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