Mosaic User's Guide

Mosaic User's Guide: Annotations

NCSA Mosaic's Annotate window allows you to add personal annotations to any document you happen to be viewing on the Web. Annotations will be subsequently inlined as hypertext links at the end of the document; you can also edit and/or delete any annotation at any time. The Annotate window can be popped up by selecting Annotate... from the Annotate menu, or with the a hotkey.

Types of annotations

The option menu below the Annotation Title label allows you to select the type of annotation. By default, the only allowed type is Personal -- the annotation will be stored in your local filesystem and no one else will be allowed or able to view it. Mosaic does not yet support workgroup or public annotations.

Adding a new annotation

To add a new annotation, type in the text of the annotation and customize the author and title fields as you see fit. If you have another file whose text you'd like to include in your annotation, use the Include File button to do so.

When you're satisfied with your new annotation, press Commit. The new annotation will now be inlined into the current document (by default, at the bottom of the document; this can be changed with the X resource annotationsOnTop), and automatically stored in your directory (specifically, in the subdirectory named by the X resource personalAnnotationDirectory).

When you come back to this same document later (even when you have quit and restarted Mosaic), the annotation will be there waiting for you.

If, while adding an annotation, you decide you really don't want to make an annotation after all, press the Dismiss button to abort the process.

Editing an existing annotation

To edit an existing annotation, visit that annotation (through the hyperlink inlined into the annotated document) and then choose the Annotate menu option Edit This Annotation. The annotation author, title, and text will be loaded into the Annotation window; make your changes and press Commit (or press Dismiss to abort your changes).

Deleting an existing annotation

To delete an existing annotation, visit that annotation (through the hyperlink inlined into the annotated document) and then choose the Annotate menu option Delete This Annotation.

Audio Annotations

If you are on a Sun, SGI, or HP with audio hardware and software, you can also make audio annotations; see here for more information.

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