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I want to make a cookbook style wordpress website, on which visitors can place comments inline. Like you do in a paper book with a pen: between the lines. Or like how MS Word handles comments.

Does anyone know a plugin that makes this possible? I've searched and searched, but all I found was this and it was of no use:


I don't get it to work and the developers page is nothing more than a logo.

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The linked Q/A doesn't do what you want to have. –  kaiser Mar 8 '12 at 15:35
After thinking a while about it: No, this is simply not possible. If you'd really try to do this, then it would add a major performance hit, as you'd have to count a lot, interact with single DOM elements, etc. IMHO you should leave this idea behind. +1 anyway for a nice "not in this world"-idea :) –  kaiser Mar 8 '12 at 15:38
Thanks Kaiser! I'm now thinking of doing it manually: Visitors can post normal comments and if they're worth sharing inline, the authors can copy the text and paste it in the post. My original idea can be simulated with a custom styled div for this copied text, that can be made with a customized tinyMCE button. –  kslstn Mar 8 '12 at 16:24
Shortcode + comment ID would be a way to go. Aggree. –  kaiser Mar 8 '12 at 16:26
Try using this javascript plugin Its independent and fast Annote js ( annote.in ) –  mareenator Mar 18 at 11:57
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There is a plugin with that readers can post comments inline, like in Microsoft Word.

The WordPress plugin bases on inlineDisqussions by Tsi and is called Inline Comments: http://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-comments/

Inline Comments adds the great Disqus Comment System to the side of paragraphs and other specific sections (like headlines and images) of your post.

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Outstanding. Suggestion for future development: make the comment system independent from Disqus if possible. –  Christine Cooper Feb 3 at 15:30
Yeah, that's what I want to do, definitely! Thanks :) –  kevinweber Feb 3 at 15:33
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It is possible, but I don’t know a plugin.

How it could be done (for the lazy web):

  • Add an id automatically to every paragraph, table, list or image.
  • Insert a small icon per Javascript after each element with an id to indicate that one can add comments. Maybe a counter for existing comments too.
  • On click move the comment form beneath the element to comment (like the native reply-script does it). Create a hidden custom comment field relates_to with the id as a value.
  • On submit save the custom field.
  • During the page output collect the comments for each element and place them wherever they should appear.
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