Annotea on Mozilla

News, 7th January: The next version is still under development but should be available by the end of the month. It will require 0.9.7.

News, 27th November: The latest Annozilla release (0.3) does not work with Mozilla 0.9.6, owing to some changed interfaces and so on. I am working to get out a new version which addresses all those issues.

This is the the Annozilla project, designed to view and create annotations associated with a web page, as defined by the W3C Annotea project. The idea is to store annotations as RDF on a server, using XPointer (or at least XPointer-like constructs) to identify the region of the document being annotated.

The intention of Annozilla is to use Mozilla's native facilities to manipulate annotation data - its built-in RDF handling to parse the annotations, and nsIXmlHttpRequest to submit data when creating annotations.

To use Annozilla, you will need to install the code, get set up with a user account with an annotation server (e.g., the W3C test server) , and then you should be ready to go.

You can also see some screenshots - an example of the sidebar in action, and the preferences panel.

Version 0.3 is the latest release. It works with Mozilla builds between 0.9 and 0.9.4 (I think), but isn't so great with 0.9.6. (Netscape 6.01 will not work, but 6.1 and 6.2 should be be OK - I have not tested this myself.) Changes in 0.3 include:

  • An integrated interface to create annotations
  • Annotate either the whole document or a selection of it
  • Specify the language of your annotation
  • Filter annotations by language
What's New

June 19 - Version 0.3 available - creating annotations and language metadata