¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 CommentPress Core, an open-source plugin & themes for WordPress, creates social texts where readers can post comments in the margins to offer feedback and discuss with others. Many view it as the best available tool for commenting at three levels (paragraph, page, and the whole book) on longer texts, such as scholarly works that are divided into chapters and sections. CommentPress was originally developed by Eddie Tejeda at the Institute for the Future of the Book. Versions up to 3.1 were developed by Christian Wach in conjunction with Giant Chair. Version 3.2 – 3.3 was produced and updated independently by Christian Wach, with the assistance of The Writers Centre, Norwich and Trinity College, CT.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Developer Christian Wach has released CommentPress Core 3.5, which now is easy to install via the WordPress extensions repository and includes a new and responsive “Modern” theme designed to function with all mobile devices and computers. All functionality, including the default theme, are packaged together in the core plugin. Note: If upgrading from a prior version of CommentPress, backup your database and files, and carefully read Other Notes for installation.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 - Two child-themes that users may download from the GitHub site and customize, while maintaining a link to the default theme, so that style modifications will not be overridden when new versions are released. (If this concept is unfamiliar, read the WordPress codex on child-themes.)
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 - Display options for page title, metadata, text format (prose or poetry), and default sidebar can be modified for all pages in Dashboard > Settings, or for individual pages as shown below:
¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 - A Page Footer widget (location: Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets), where administrators can paste text or code to appear in the footer (such as a Creative Commons license).
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 - Automatic integration with the Simple Footnotes and WD-Footnotes plugins. We recommend Simple Footnotes, which allows users to place a bracketed reference short code around the content of the note, as shown below, to display each note in a tool-tip AND also at the bottom of the page. See sample page with Simple Footnotes in CommentPress.
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- Tabbed navigation helps readers to easily click between the Table of Contents, Comments on the text, and recent activity by commenters. Select the default tab in Dashboard > CommentPress > Settings:
- Also, the tab order can be easily modified by editing the Functions.php file in the child-theme:
¶ 25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 - Numbered paragraph markers now appear on the left side of the text, with comment bubbles on the right side, to help readers visually link comments to the appropriate paragraph. Click the paragraph marker or paragraph text to scroll directly to the top of the comments for that block. Click the comment bubble to scroll directly to the “leave a comment” form.
¶ 28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 - A print style sheet, for cleaner printouts or PDFs of page content with comments. This was a frequently requested feature from Writing History in the Digital Age contributors who desired a way to view all comments on one page during the revision process. It’s also a handy way to archive dynamic CommentPress content for the longer term in a format that is not WordPress dependent.