The Universal Edit Button

20 Jun

When the web was first conceived, it was intended to be a read/write medium. Right now, wikis are the best implementation of that vision: web pages that are easy for people to edit directly from their web browser.

Yesterday, we heard about the Universal Edit Button from a commenter on Get Satisfaction. When we looked into it, we thought it was a great idea: the Universal Edit Button is a Firefox extension that adds an “Edit” button right in your browser on pages that support it. We are happy to say that we now support this great idea, joining a growing number of wiki providers online. You’ll see it on all PBwiki 2.0 pages (PBwiki 1.0 will get it on Monday) that you have writer access to — it’s a pencil in a green square:

Right now, you have to have to be using Firefox to use the extension, but people are working on a version for Internet Explorer. Keep up to date at the official Universal Edit Button web site.

9 Responses to “The Universal Edit Button”

  1. Marshall Kirkpatrick June 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Awesome, I was hoping you guys would join up too!

  2. John Martin June 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    Glad you like the idea, I thought it was a perfect complement to your product! It will be interesting to see if the Universal Edit Button realizes its intended impact on the Read/Write web!

  3. steve epstein June 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    Now I have a good reason to use fifefox over IE

  4. steve epstein June 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Ouch, thre is not edit button on this page…I, of course, was talking about firefox

  5. Tom Morris July 1, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    It’s a neat idea, but it misuses HTML semantics. It should be rel=”editable”, not the current ugly type attribute fudge.

  6. Mark July 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Tom;
    People are still actively working on this idea and will be making changes. We’ll keep our implementation in sync with the official wiki — it’s an ongoing process. The RSS button experienced similar similar growing pains back when it was first proposed.

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