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In our first round of annotation practice, we used a page on this site where the tool was already preloaded for you. Now we expand our reach by showing you how to annotate anywhere. You just need to add a little helper to your web browser.

Visit the Get Started page (opens in new window).

Chrome users can add the Extension to their browser. Once activated, you can “turn on” your annotation tool by just clicking the extension icon in your browser bar.

Firefox and Safari users can drag the link for the bookmarklet tool to their browser toolbar/favorites (make sure it is set to show it from the View menu). Once activated, you can “turn on” your annotation tool by just clicking the Hypothesis Bookmarklet link in your toolbar.

Now let’s annotate somewhere else. We have selected for this practice annotation adding some thoughts to Bret Victor’s tribute post A few words on Doug Engelbart. Visit the link, then activate your featured via the extension or bookmarklet link above.

You will know annotation is ready if you see the < button in the top right as well as the highlighted portions of text already bearing notes. activated on Bret Victor’s post.

You can read and reply to existing annotations by opening the tool draw or clicking any yellow highlighted selections. Add a new one by selecting text, and clicking the Annotate button.

This post offers a lot of powerful ideas to jump off of and contribute to a discussion of Doug Engelbart’s vision. Visit CROWDLAEERS to see a dynamically generated summary of annotations on this work.

But wait, there is one more useful way to launch the annotation tool to any web link, and we will use it often in our project.

Copy the link for the page you plan to annotate, in this case, Then visit, paste in the URL, and is already loaded on that page. Or just let our link do it for you.

With these tools in your hand, the entire web is yours to annotate.

Next, we provide a few suggestions for your annotation process.

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  1. Pingback: 1-2-3 Annotating the Intent – CogDogBlog

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