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NOTE: The group annotation experiment has been terminated. NCSA is
running the annotation server temporarily, but it will not be around
much longer. It will be replaced with support on the server side for
adding <LINK> tags to documents.
An experimental annotation server is running at NCSA. This server
allows people to annotate any document on the Web, and have anyone else
see it. To activate this feature in Mosaic, set the resource
Mosaic*annotationServer to hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu:8001.
In W3, if the variable `w3-group-annotation-server' is defined, then
it will try to contact the server and retrieve any annotations for the
current document. This variable should be a string containing the name
of the annotation server (defaults to "hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu"). To turn
off group annotation support, set this variable to `nil'. If you have
a slow connection to NCSA, I'd recommend doing this. The variable
`w3-group-annotation-port' defaults to 8001, and should be an integer
representing the port number the server is running on.
The group annotations (if any) will appear as normal links at the
bottom of your document. They can be selected just like any other link.
Both Mosaic and W3 support multiple levels of annotation
(Annotations on annotations ad infitim).
To create a new annotation, type `M-x w3-add-group-annotation'.
This will put you in a new buffer, in HTML-mode. If you are not
familiar with HTML-mode, hit `C-h m' for instructions, and see the file
html-mode.el that came with W3. At the top of this buffer is an HTML
tag (</PRE>). If you don't want to use any HTML commands, you can
delete this and just type in your message and it should be formatted
just as you type it. If you leave this in, you can use any HTML
formatting command (italics, headings, bold, etc) except adding a title.
When you are finished editing your annotation, type `C-c C-c'. W3 will
then prompt you for a title for your annotation, defaulting to
"Annotation by <user information>". Hit return after typing in your
title. If any errors are received, they will be reported in a separate
To delete an annotation, you must be reading it. Then type `M-x
w3-delete-group-annotation'. If any errors are received, they will be
displayed in a separate buffer.
I do not currently support editing group annotations.
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