Annozilla 0.3.5 released

Annozilla 0.3.5 is released, mainly for compatibility with Mozilla 1.2 beta, but I encourage all users of 0.3 releases to upgrade, as it fixes a bug whereby some annotations would sometimes not be displayed.

This release is not compatible with Phoenix; this is expected to be (partially) addressed in the forthcoming 0.4 release.

Countdown to 0.4

Here's a list of what needs to be done before releasing Annozilla 0.4:

  • Use XPointerLib for XPointer functionality
  • Remove "check for reply" functionality from user interface (this is being postponed till a later release)
  • Ensure compatibility with Mozilla 1.0
  • Ensure compatibility with Mozilla 1.2.1
  • Ensure compatibility with Phoenix 0.5 if possible
  • Improve behaviour with respect to tabbed browsing if possible
  • Make sure that editing annotations doesn't discard metadata associated with them

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 - examples of Annozilla in action, and its integration with Mozilla. Currently there are screenshots for either the current released version, or the proposed new version which will be included in the forthcoming 0.4 release.

What's New
  • January 31 2003 - Experimental XPCOM-based annotations service and corresponding Annozilla client available for alpha testing
  • December 13 2002 - Rework on Annozilla needed to make the HTML editor (due in the long-delayed 0.4 release) work with current Mozilla nightlies
  • October 23 2002 - Annozilla 0.3.5 is released; a bug-fix (for displaying annotations and for compatibility with Mozilla 1.2 beta)

Project owner:
Matthew Wilson

Contributors:
Doug Daniels
Jeffrey Phillips

Annotation icons
© W3C

Thanks to:
Mike Lee (mozblog)

Please use the bug reporting mechanism or the mailing list to discuss Annozilla.