¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 This web-book is designed to be read and commented upon online, using any modern web browser on a computer or mobile device. Navigate with the Contents sidebar and the Next Page arrow. Comment at three levels of the book:
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- General comments on the book
- Comment on the whole page
- Comment on any paragraph
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Readers are welcome to post comments, criticism, and questions under their full names. Anonymous comments and inappropriate language will be removed. By submitting a comment, you retain the copyright, but agree to freely share your words under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license (BY-NC 3.0) for this site. Your first comment will not appear until it has been moderated by an editor, then subsequent comments should appear automatically.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 If you copy and paste some text from the book, it may bring along a link to the page, including the “#sthash” label for the ShareThis plugin that made this happen. This service can be useful, but also feel free to cut the link, or trim away the #sthash tag portion as shown below.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 To capture the stable web address of a specific comment, to share via social media or to reference elsewhere, right-click on the date & time of the comment and copy its link address, as shown below.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Look for image captions that encourage readers to click to view the original source, which opens in a new tab/window. To read footnotes, hover the cursor over the icon to peek, or click the icon to jump to the full note at the bottom of the page, then press the return button to go back. 1
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 If you prefer to read offline, or perhaps you are an author who wishes to capture your essay and all of the associated comments in one document, go to File > Print (with the option to save in PDF format).
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How it works: our web-book technology
Web Writing runs on a standalone WordPress installation, hosted by Trinfo Cafe at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. To collect and display reader feedback on our book in-progress, we use CommentPress Core, an open-source plugin developed by Christian Wach with the Institute for the Future of the Book, which is freely accessible on the WordPress repository. CommentPress transforms a draft into a discussion for developmental editing or open peer review. Readers can write comments in the margins of the text at three levels: general comments on the book as a whole, or an entire page, or individual paragraphs. See CommentPress Core installation steps for details on options for standalone (for single works), multisite (for multiple works), or in combination with BuddyPress and GroupBlogs (a community of readers for a series works). Learn more about CommentPress Core at the CommentPress GitHub repository. See additional examples of CommentPress in academic contexts at http://cowriting.trincoll.edu.
¶ 18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 As of Fall 2013, Web Writing runs on CommentPress Core version 3.5.1, which includes a responsive theme (called “Modern”) which detects whether the reader is using a normal computer screen or a smaller tablet or mobile device, then automatically switches appearance to make the content readable. (To observe the “switcher” in action on a computer, resize the browser window by dragging in the bottom-right corner to narrow its width.) Furthermore, Web Writing runs a customized child-theme (based on the Modern theme) that tailors the content and appearance of pages to suit the needs of this particular web-book. The customized “commentpress-modern-child-webwriting” theme is freely available on Jack Dougherty’s GitHub repository, and suggested modifications are welcome. (He doesn’t really know how to code, so there are likely to be errors.)
¶ 20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 After the open peer review in late Fall 2013, the editorial team will make final selections for the manuscript and invite several authors to revise and resubmit their work. The completed book will be submitted to Michigan Publishing in early 2014, which has agreed to publish it in at least two versions: print-on-demand (for sale) and online (for free). We have tentatively agreed to experiment with Michigan Publishing on producing the finished manuscript using PressBooks, an open-source plugin that transforms WordPress content into publications for print and digital devices. Currently, PressBooks supports export into multiple formats: web-books (for online reading), PDF (for print), mobi (for Kindle), ePUB (for iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc.) This WordPress-based Content Management System was developed by Hugh McGuire, Dac Chartrand, Sonia Gaballa, Ned Zimmerman, and others, and can be freely downloaded from the GitHub repository. (Before deciding whether or not to host their own installation, users may create a free account at PressBooks.com.) To understand how to pair together CommentPress and PressBooks into a WordPress-based workflow for developmental editing and publishing, see our proof-of-concept at http://CommentPressBooks.trinfocafe.org. If this experiment works, it will dramatically speed up the manuscript-to-book production process, and readers will always have free online access to the most current version of Web Writing, as well as a history of prior drafts with comments. It’s gonna be really cool.
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Akismet Anti-Spam 3.3.4
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.
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» iThemes (url)
The most complete WordPress solution for Backup, Restoration, Migration, and Deployment. Backs up a customizable selection of files, settings, and content for a complete snapshot of your site. Restore, migrate, or deploy your site to a new host or new domain with complete ease-of-mind. Stash Live feature allows for real-time live backups into the cloud.
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Co-Authors Plus 3.2.2
» Mohammad Jangda, Daniel Bachhuber, Automattic (url)
Allows multiple authors to be assigned to a post. This plugin is an extended version of the Co-Authors plugin developed by Weston Ruter.
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CommentPress Core 3.9.5
» Institute for the Future of the Book (url)
CommentPress allows readers to comment in the margins of a text. You can use it to annotate, gloss, workshop, debate and more!
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Google Analyticator 6.5.4
» SumoMe (url)
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Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin 5.1.8
» anadnet (url)
Redirect Pages, Posts or Custom Post Types to another location quickly (for internal or external URLs). Includes individual post/page options, redirects for Custom Post types, non-existant 301 Quick Redirects (helpful for sites converted to WordPress), New Window functionality, and rel=nofollow functionality.
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Simple Footnotes Editor Button to match PressBooks 0.2.1
» Andrew Patton; modified by Jack Dougherty (url)
Adds a button to the TinyMCE editor toolbar in the second row that makes it easy for users to add footnotes with the proper syntax, to match PressBooks format: [footnote]…[/footnote].
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Simple Footnotes to match PressBooks 0.3.1
» Andrew Nacin; modified by Jack Dougherty, 16 March 2013 (url)
Modified shortcode to match PressBooks format. Create simple, elegant footnotes on your site. Use the [footnote] shortcode ([footnote]My note.[/footnote]) and the plugin takes care of the rest. There’s also a setting that enables you to move the footnotes below your page links, for those who paginate posts.
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» StvWhtly (url)
Adds the ability to show a subheading for posts, pages and custom post types. To display subheadings place <?php the_subheading(); ?> in your template file.