New on Quartz: You can highlight our articles

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Earlier this year, we made it possible to leave annotations in the margins of Quartz. Today we’re adding the ability to highlight our text, too—and share those highlights with the rest of the world.

All you need to do is click on a paragraph to activate it. (You’ll see a grey background.) Then just click on individual sentences to highlight them in yellow; click again to undo. You can highlight as many sentences throughout the piece as you like. The URL in your browser’s address bar will update to reflect your highlights, so you can share them on Twitter, send them in an email, or just keep them to yourself.

For example, here’s a link to a Quartz article about Hershey buying a Chinese chocolatier with a few key passages highlighted.

We’re adding this feature to make Quartz more useful for you. Everyone takes away something different from our reporting, and now you can decide what’s important. We’re excited to see what you do with it.

Some technical background: Highlighting on Quartz is based partly on Emphasis, an open-source project initially developed by Michael Donohoe in 2011, when he was a developer at the New York Times. Michael is now our director of product engineering.