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Hacking on Annotator

Quick setup for lazy people (on a Mac)

$ ./tools/setup

Slower introduction for industrious people (and those on Linux/Windows)

If you wish to develop Annotator, you'll need to have a working installation of Node.js (v0.8.x). Once installed (on most systems Node comes bundled with NPM) you should run the following to install Annotator's development dependencies.

$ npm install .

The Annotator source is found in src/, and is written in CoffeeScript, which is a little language that compiles to Javascript. See the CoffeeScript website for more information.

dev.html loads the raw development files from lib/ and can be useful when developing.

The tests can be found in test/spec/. You can run the tests in your browser (using test/runner.html), but while you're working it's probably easiest to run the tests using make test from the root of the repository. This will require PhantomJS.

For inline documentation we use TomDoc. It's a Ruby specification but it also works nicely with CoffeeScript.


There are a number of useful development tools shipped in the tools/ directory.

$ ./tools/build      # compiles src/*.coffee and test/*.coffee into lib/*.js
$ ./tools/watch      # like the above, but automatically recompiles files when they change
$ ./tools/test       # runs the test suite with PhantomJS

Building the packaged version of Annotator involves running the appropriate make task. For example:

$ make                     # build everything
$ make bookmarklet         # build the bookmarklet
$ make annotator plugins   # build annotator and individual plugin files.
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