Guide: Annotated Items

An annotated item, also known as a collage, is a copy of a case or other text from H2O that has been edited with annotations. Typically, the annotated item creator identifies passages of text that serve a specific purpose, such as required reading or critical information, then takes action on these passages: hiding, highlighting, or otherwise annotating them.

For more on annotations, see the annotations section of the user guide.

Viewing a annotated item

To view an example of an annotated item, click here

The Annotation Display button controls how annotations are shown on the page. Clicking this shows a menu of viewing options:

Show/Hide Menu

In this item, the item owner created a tag named "Notable" and associated it with the color blue.

The following table summarizes the Annotation Display options:

Show Full Text:   Displays the entire text of an item, if there is hidden or replaced text.
Show Comments:    Shows/hides all comments on the sidebar.
Show Links:   Shows/hides all links on the sidebar.
Tags & Highlights: ALL:   Un-highlights/re-highlights all highlighted and tagged text. 
[Tag] Show/Hide, On/Off:   Shows/hides text under a specific tag, or un/re-highlights that text.


Hidden/replaced text and annotations

Bracketed ellipses ([...]) indicate the passages of hidden text. 
Show/Hide Menu

You can view the contents of these hidden passages, if you wish to do so. To see an example, go to item 40149 and scroll to paragraph five. Click on the ellipsis to expand and reveal the hidden text.‚Äč

Displaying Previously Hidden Text:

Show/Hide Menu

To re-hide the passage, click one of the wedges. H2O re-hides the passages and redisplays the ellipsis.

Instead of an ellipsis, replaced text itself appears within square brackets. The above viewing methodology applies to the replace text annotation as well.

Comments and links can be viewed by clicking on their icon on the sidebar, which reveals their contents. For more on annotations, see annotations in the user guide.

Change bars

Change bars in the left margin indicate text to which the item owner has applied an annotation. The Change Bar appears in the left margin:

Change Bar

Paragraph numbers

Paragraph numbers are an easy way to refer readers to a specific section of text. These run along the left side of a annotated item and reflect the order of paragraphs in the original case/text, not the order after the item owner's edits. As a result, paragraph numbers can jump, if there is hidden text between particular paragraphs.

Creating a new annotated item

You can create a new annotated item from any case or text that is available in H2O. Make sure that you're signed in to H2O before moving forward.

  1. Using the search bar in the H2O header, search for the case or text that you want to turn into an annotated item. 
    In the search results, hover your mouse over the desired text. H2O displays icons indicating the available actions for this text, including the "Clone and Annotate" icon:
  2. Note: The "Clone and Annotate" and other icons also appear when you read a case or text. The icons appear on the right, above the Case Information or Text Information:

    Collage This Icon

  3. Next, click the Clone and Annotate icon. H20 displays the Clone and Annotate window:
  4. Make your desired adjustments in the Clone and Annotate Window and click submit.
    -Set item as public or private.
    -Enable/disable Feedback (which allow users to report errors or feedback to the item owner)
    -Enable/disable Responses (which allow users to respond to item owner with their thoughts on that text)
    -Enter item description, and any desired tags.
  5. H20 displays the newly created annotated item, which you can now edit with annotations.

Editing/deleting an annotated item

Before editing an annotated item that you own make sure that you're signed in to H2O, then navigate to the item you wish to edit.

  1. Click the Edit Annotated Information button:

    H2O then displays a window that is similar to to Clone and Annotate window. In this window, make the desired changes. When your changes have been entered, click Submit.

To delete an annotated item, simply navigate to it and click the Delete Annotated Item button.

Cloning an existing annotated item

Users can clone an existing annotated item. When you clone, you are given your own copy of the existing item, including its annotations/edits, to modify further as you see fit.

To clone an annotated item:

  1. Make sure that you have signed in to H2O, and search for the item that you want to clone.For example, search for the annotated item "invasion of privacy". 
  2. In the search results, hover over the desired item. H2O displays icons indicating the available actions for this annotated item, including the Clone icon:

  3. Note: Clone and other icons also appear when you read an annotated item. The icons appear on the right above the Annotated Item Information:

  4. Click the Clone icon. H2O displays the Clone Collage window: 
  5. Fill in the fields on the Clone Collage window and click Submit.
  6. H2O displays the cloned item, which you can now edit with annotations.