I dread taking minutes at working group meetings because it usually means projecting a text editor which is hard to read for the other people in the meeting, and hard to edit for the minute taker. I’ve used IRC, but I hate that the minutes get polluted by the “back channel” discussion. On the flight over, I thought to myself, “Hey, I could easily make a little web app to do this.” Here it is. Everything is stored in the DOM, and there’s no save back to the server which is an issue. It would be nice to have a backend store for minutes to make sure there’s a backup in case of a browser crash, but I did this between the plane and jet lag. I also haven’t tested it in anything but Firefox and Safari. If it works for you, great. If not, sorry.

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. M-D says:

    Neat little app! One question, tho – I understand why the newest note shows up on top on the entry view, but for the purposes of the print view, is there any way to reverse the order of the comments so that they read in chronological order, not the reverse?

  2. Kevin says:

    Fixed! It was in there before… not sure how it escaped. But, it’s back, and print view is now in chronological order.

  3. Steve says:

    It’d be cool if the speaker field didnt clear when you added the new quote – cooler still if there was a dropdown created with each new speaker added so you’d not have to type their names in more than once.

  4. Chris Wilson says:

    Your app does work beautifully in IE7, except that the print view window is blank. Remote view works, though.

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