This guy has a Wordpress blog, and has implemented (using Yahoo! UI widgets) a BLOCK COMMENTING SYSTEM for his blog. So you can leave a comment that’s not just attached to the “post”, but to some given paragraph or heading or whatever INSIDE the post! I gather that it’s probably not that hard – probably even easier with EE, given the extension hooks! – for anyone who’s better at this stuff than i am. He doesn’t have the actual code posted, but i gather he’d be happy to send it to people to take a look at or use.
I’m poor, and this is more of a neato-keen-enhancement than a have-to-have, but i’d buy someone something off their Wishlist if that’s a (small, i know!) inducement. Mostly i’m hoping i can just capture the attention of someone who’s better at this who ALSO thinks it’s neato-keen!
This would likely require a new field in the exp_comments database and a bit of clever coding in a template, but I do believe it is possible with some hard work.
I’ll agree that it’s a cool use of technology, though implementation is rather messy. The slooooooow load times are just the start. The page is remarkably busy and distracting to view, so having some way to “turn on and turn off” all that blocking for the reader would be handy.
Any way of doing the same kind of thing with a standard pop up window? The trick is to associate the Comment to a particular block of text, and then do it with visual cues that are subtle, rather than glaring.
I like the vertical navigation bar to the left. Perhaps that’s where the visual cues to the Comments in the blocks of text could be placed. One click turns on the visual cues, another turns them off.
Sometimes I think we’ve become very good at creating solutions for problems that don’t really exist.
Idea of per-paragraph commenting system is really cool.
Slocum’s implementation of this idea is perhaps most visually pleasing, but other implementations are more usable.
It would be great if somebody would consider porting this WordPress add-on to ExpressionEngine.