[wp-hackers] Idea for a GSoC project - Image annotation plugin

Alex Hempton-Smith hempsworth at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 25 12:15:21 UTC 2010

Take a look at comment meta which was recently added to WP, which is
where you could save the annotation data.

It would be interesting to see if you could tie in tags, so you could
tag people or things in the photo, which would be added to the tags
for that post perhaps..

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Stephen Tigner <stephen.tigner at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have an idea for a GSoC project I wanted to get some feedback on.
> What I'd like to do is create an image annotation plugin for Wordpress
> using (http://blog.flipbit.co.uk/2009/03/jquery-image-annotation-plugin.html)
> this jQuery image annotation plugin and AJAX.
> I was inspired by the implementation of this on dannychoo.com and
> figure.fm (running on the Mirai Gaia platform), and wanted to bring
> similar functionality to my Wordpress blogs.
> Basically, in that implementation, readers can leave annotations as
> comments that reference specific sections of an image. Much better
> than having to say things like, "Who's that guy third from the left in
> the second row?" Instead, you can say, "Who is this?" and just put
> that as an annotation to the image, where the annotation box on the
> image is around the person in question.
> Now, as far as how the annotations are presented to the readers, there
> are two scenarios that come to mind. One, which I've seen on some
> sites, is to keep the annotations and comments completely separate.
> The other is, like on Mirai Gaia, to make the annotations a special
> kind of comment.
> I prefer the latter, because then the annotations aren't removed from
> the conversation. Instead, they become part of it, as I feel they
> should be, and can be replied to (and handled) just like other
> comments.
> However, this brings up another question, as while there are post meta
> and user meta tables, no such thing exists for comments. While I would
> like to not have to add extra tables, it seems that to store the
> relevant metadata about the annotation comments, a new table would be
> required for this plugin. Does that sound reasonable?
> Also, I would like to give said comments a slightly different
> presentation than normal comments. For instance, include a thumbnail
> link back up to the particular image the annotation is for. I can
> probably add a filter to the comment_text function for that. However,
> to trigger that, I was thinking of adding an additional comment type
> of "annotation," and I was wondering if doing so would break things.
> Sorry for the long-winded email, and thanks in advance. ^_^
> -- Stephen
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-- Alex  (Hempsworth)

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