After another push over the last few days I’ve got the web annotation system for Open Shakespeare operational (we’ve been hacking on this on and off since back in December).

To see the system in action visit:

Quite a bit of effort has been made to decouple the annotation system from Open Shakespeare so that it can be easily reused elsewhere. You can find the code for the annotation system (nicknamed annotater) here:

There are still some substantial issues with the Open Shakespeare implementation the most obvious of which are:

a) large texts bring the javascript to its knees ((The Phoenix and the Turtle is the shortest of Shakespeare’s works which is why I’m using it).

b) security/user authentication for annotation adding/editing/deleting

But the basic system is working.

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Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge.