Tools: annotation of Web sites

Subject: Tools: annotation of Web sites
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "Techwr-L (E-mail)" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 09:51:57 -0400

Just spotted an interesting article in Publish about tools for annotating
Web sites (Stauffer, T. 2000. Annotate this! Publish, September:63-65).
Probably the best known of these is "ThirdVoice", which lets you annotate a
Web site so that only someone using the ThirdVoice software (a free
download) can see your annotations. This software originally began as a kind
of "graffiti" tool, so you could post comments on a Web site without the
owner's permission, but seems to have evolved into a broader and more useful
annotation and linking tool. As a result, it seems like it might be useful
for groups collaborating on (e.g, peer-reviewing) a Web page or site design.
Has anyone used this software, or something similar?

For those who are interested, here's the list of (free) tools that Publish
presented in their article:
ThirdVoice: www.thirdvoice.com
Annotate.net: www.annotate.net
Flyswat: www.flyswat.com
GuruNet: www.guru.net
Webforia: www.webforia.com

I haven't had time to play around with any of these products, but they all
sound interesting for various techwhirler-type purposes.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Technical writing... requires understanding the audience, understanding
what activities the user wants to accomplish, and translating the often
idiosyncratic and unplanned design into something that appears to make
sense."--Donald Norman, The Invisible Computer




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