Using Discourse in a web app

I am a web developer, new to Discourse. I would like to create a web app where users could discuss a document.
The UI would look like this:

  • a main area showing the document,
  • other areas/windows/tabs where users could create topics to discuss parts of the document.
    Does it sound feasible with Discourse? If it does, how could this be done?

You could probably just create a topic where the first post is a link or an uploaded document.

I would recommend setting up a discourse on a digital ocean droplet and trying out your use case.


Another option would be to look into embedding a topic on your document page. It would require the user to click into the comments to leave a reply but that’s no different than any other commenting structure.


@blake, @joebuhlig, thanks a lot.

I have created a prototype to showcase the idea. I am in the process of simplifying the UX, re-engineering the whole stuff and planning for version 1.

I would like to pursue the iframe idea further :

Has anyone embedded a topic list instead of a comment list? What if I use categories as unique identifiers for document sub-parts? I could then use the appropriate url (for example : to show only the relevant topics. But will it then be easy to hide all the unnecessary banners and buttons to show only a clean topic list ?