You can also gather all your y-notes in a notebasket window (click here and it will pop up) which will help you navigate the web site much like your bookmarks would do (except that you don't have to clog up your browsers bookmark file!)
If your site is highly interactive, and you think your users might benefit from being able to share their notes, you may configure y-notes in a way that allows notes to be shared. If you add a note to the paragraph bellow, you will be able to choose whether to make it public (shared) or private:
Sample sharable annotation point: The link underneath the icon shows the number of public messages left by other users. You can see them by cliking on the link. Clicking on the pin will bring up a "note editor" with a checkbox; selecting it will make your note public.
y-notes implements all these functionalities through a set of lightweight applets and cgi scripts. The notes are kept at the server so that users can retrieve them at a later time and use them as a navigation aid. y-notes are particularly useful in large sites such as tutorials and reference manuals. They can also be used in web pages as a fairly uncomplicated way of gathering user feedback without requiring registration, logins, or passwords.
For the site maintainer, y-notes provides an easy and automatic way of gathering user feedback and improving the site design.
Besides, y-notes look nice :-)
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
If you want to compile the Java sources, you'll obviously need a Java compiler in addition to the list above.
If your users are running a non-java enabled browser, then their annotation points will be automatically redirected to a fallback HTML form, which is less pretty and more cumbersome than the note applet, but does the job.
(* N.B.:Mac users running Netscape equipped with the default Netscape java interpreter might experience problems, as a few standard classes are missing from Netscape's (up to 4.6, at least) implementation of Java for the Mac. If you're a Mac user and are unable to see any pin applets on this page, check Netscape's Java console. If you see lots of complaints about missing classes, consider using MRJ as a plugin instead.)
The latest releases of the source code as well as the compiled applets can be downloaded from the the y-notes project page.
y-notes is copyrighted by S. Luz and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. You can use, redistribute and/or modify y-notes provided that the copyright notice and permission appear in all copies and in supporting documentation.
See the source of this index.html for an example of how to add annotation points to your pages.
Then proceed to the documentation
pages to find out about
y-notemize.pl and the scripts
provided with y-notes which will help you "y-nnotate" many pages in
a web site automatically.
Dr. Luz wishes to thank Fabio Carvalhaes Luz for finding and helping sorting out a bug in the note applet, and Niels Ole Bernsen and anonymous users of Smalto for much valuable feedback and suggestions.
I'm not going to bother telling you what Smalto
is all about, but you may visit the web site if you're
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