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RE: email annotation

From: Laurent Denoue <Denoue@fxpal.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 09:59:24 -0700
Message-ID: <53FD1D7F63772A4A810338B9388D38230DB989@pobox.fxpal.com>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: <www-annotation@w3.org>

Salut Charles,

It's a good idea to use archives since we can leverage existing Web annotation systems.
In fact, this would also work for Web-based email clients like Yahoo!Mail.

I developped a prototype in the spirit of Yawas: a very light tool to highlight
outlook emails in your inbox. Sorry: only Outlook, only Windows :( but it's good to test ideas out.

It does not modify the original messages of course: it simply dynamically highlights them when
the user previews them in outlook.

To solve the problem of keys for documents, I currently use a signature of each email.
It is computed by simply summing all characters in the email. It has been working very well for the last 2 months on my emails.

Using a signature of the CONTENT itself is very robust: if you move your email to a different folder, the program is still able to dynamically remap the annotations.

Quick poll 1: Would anybody pay for such a tool?
Quick poll 2: What services would you like plugged on top of it?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
> Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 5:43 AM
> To: Laurent Denoue
> Cc: www-annotation@w3.org
> Subject: Re: email annotation
> Well, at W3C we archive our email lists on the Web. This means you can
> annotate those. You could also annotate by the message id 
> that each email
> has.
> Although we can use that as a key into our archive, as far as I know
> there is no reliable way of finding an email mesage that was 
> sent based on
> its message-id (happily enough, since most email is 
> personal). But I don't
> think that's really a problem for most use cases - if you 
> take an annotea
> approach then anyone who has the email can find the id in the 
> header and
> query for an annotation - usually that means the sender and 
> recipient(s).
> cheers
> Chaals
> On Wed, 28 Aug 2002, Laurent Denoue wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >Does anybody know of a program to annotate emails?
> >Web annotations systems are popular, but emails are also a 
> very big source of online reading so it would make sense to 
> have such a tool.
> >
> >Laurent.
> >
> >
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