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Web-based Text Annotation Application.

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comt is an open source web application for annotating, discussing and writing texts online.

It’s the software that powers the co-ment web service.


Important note about this version

This is version 2.6, the last one of the 2.x branch.

We don’t intend to do further development on it, except fo bug fixes.

If you’re interested in the project, either as a user or a potential contributor, we recommend you try the upcoming 3.0 releases.


Annotate, discuss, (re)write…

… are the three main functions of comt. They open many possible uses: school, corporate, legal, advocacy…

Import cares for compatibility

The import module of comt is compatible with many document formats to let you import your existing texts into the site.

Text editor inside

You can create new texts or edit your previously uploaded ones through the text editor integrated into comt. To organize your text, choose between 3 languages: the extended pandoc flavor of markdown (recommended), HTML or RST.

Export to good-looking printable formats

Simplified formatting of text in comt allows a high quality export.

Several formats are available for export: PDF, Open Office, MS Word, LaTex and HTML.

A text’s life

You can edit your text, taking in account modification proposals from commentators for example. comt allows version management. You can switch back to a previous version any time and visualize changes between any two versions. When you create a new one, you can keep the received comments or discard them.

Contributor and role management

Create a working group easily around a text or a set of texts. Invite your contributors on the fly and give them a common role or give some of them a specific role: observer, commentator, moderator, editor or manager.

RSS feed, e-mail: choose your alert tool

To be alerted of new contributions to a text (new comment, new version), a RSS feed and an e-mail alert system are provided for each text.

The workspace

comt’s workspace gives you a global view of your group’s activity (comments, new subscribers, new texts…) and a direct access to the contents.

You have a real-time view of your working group members, texts and comments through the dashboard portlets. A precious tool for managing a project in a paperless environment.


You can view your group’s activity at different levels (global, for a specific text or member). You can adjust the graph’s time-frame: day, week or month.

Browse through comments easily

What if your text receives a lot of comments? You can display or browse them according to the part of the text commented, their date of arrival, their author or their tags.


comt is based on Django on the back-end, with PostgreSQL, MySQL and Sqlite3 as supported dababases, and YUI on the front-end.



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