Public Annotation Systems Introduction
My paper is about the design of
public annotation system.
Before I go any further, I better define my
terminology so that you know what I mean when
I use the term `public annotation system.'
The terminology used in my paper is:
An annotation is some additional
information that is attached to an
original document without
modifying the original.
The additional information is usually,
but not always, text.
A private annotation is one which is
visible only to the person who authored
it; nobody else can see it.
A public annotation is one that is
shown to everybody who views the
A local annotation is one that is
stored at the same machine as the
A remote annotation is one that is
stored on a machine that is different
(i.e. remote) from the original document.
An embedded annotation is one where the
contents of the annotation are expanded
into the original document.
An indirect annotation is one where
a hypertext link is inserted into the
document and the actual text of the
annotation is reached by following
the hypertext link.
An in-line annotation is one that is
displayed in the middle of the original
document next to a specific location in
the original document.
A floating annotation is one that is
displayed at either the top or the bottom
of the original document.
In my paper I describe a way to implement
public annotations. My paper supports
all permutations of embedded, indirect,
in-line, and floating annotations.
The process of installing a public annotation
consists of the following three basic steps:
Of these three steps, I only address the
last two steps. The user is left to their own
devices when it comes to actually finding a
document that they wish to annotate. The
annotation authoring step is discussed first,
followed by the annotation publishing step.
Find the document to annotate.
Author the annotation.
Publish the annotation and make it
readily available to the public.
The next section discusses
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