Tim Berners-Lee’s intended the web to be writeable by all. Yet, for decades it’s been stuck in a “read mostly” mode. Everyone web surfs, some add content but very few really get to fundamentally re-express and re-structure web content. We know this. We wiki. Problem is, many don’t.
Today marks the launch of the Universal Edit Button. Similar to the orange “radio waves” RSS icon, which alerts the user to the availability of a feed for a site, the Universal Edit Button is an icon to appear in your browser’s location bar to alert that the page is editable.
It is hoped that the icon will draw contributions to wiki-based sites, by serving as a reminder to how changeable they are.
Without further ado:
The green pencil icon has been adopted as the standard icon.
It is presently implemented on:
- Moin Moin 1.7
- Socialtext hosted
- TikiWiki 1.10
- TWiki 4.2
For further details, check out http://www.universaleditbutton.org/Universal_Edit_Button.
My thanks to Mark Dilley of AboutUs.org for the reminder to post about it today.