The Universal Edit Button is a Software That Provides a green pencil icon in the address bar of a web browser That indicates That a web page on the World Wide Web(most Often a wiki ) is editable. It is similar to the orange “broadcast” RSS icon ( ) That indicates That There is a web feed available. Clicking the icon opens the edit window. It was invented by a collaborative team of wiki enthusiasts, including Ward Cunningham , Jack Herrick , and many others.


The first version of the button, created in 2007

The concept was first conceived during the 2007 RecentChangesCamp in Montreal . After the next RecentChangesCamp, coding began by Travis Derouin, Brion Vibberand other programmers, the button was officially launched on June 19, 2008. [1]

Conversations on this idea started at RoCoCo (a RecentChangesCamp ) in Montreal in 2007, [2] and discussions continued on the AboutUs wiki. [3] At the Palo Alto RCC in 2008, a handful of people who? ] Explored the idea, got excited about the ability to have the button automatically detected by browsers, and helped spread the idea. Citation needed ]


A screenshot from showing the Universal Edit Button in action

The Universal Editing Button (UEB) is Intended to enable an internet user to Quickly Recognize When A website -such as a wiki -May be edited. According to the UEB’s creators, “it is a convenience to web surfers who are already inclined to contribute, and an invitation to those who have the opportunity to discover the thrill of building a common resource. Button may become regarded as a badge of honor.It serves as an incentive to encourage companies and site developers to add publicly-editable components to their sites, in order to have the UEB displayed for their sites. ”

Tim Berners-Lee’s initial vision for the web was a read-write medium. [4] However, as the web matured, very few web sites offered users the ability to write or edit. The web has a “read only” medium. In the 2000s, wikis spread the concept that the web could be editable. The success of Wikipedia , and the increasing utility of wikis like wikiHow , , Wikivoyage and Wikia . [5]


The plug-ins on the browser side the specific form of the alternative link specification in HTML fragment: [6]

 < Link rel = "alternate"
 type = "application / x-wiki"
 title = "Welcome to edit this page!"
 Href = "wiki? Edit = myEditLink" />

The href part tag the edit page that corresponds with the page being viewed. Every server that is capable and willing to support the user. Hence the button support can be relatively easily added to various web applications if the source code is available. The tag does not put Any requirements on the details about the editing session and simply Brings Itself to the page Where the user aussi Would you come by clicking close Edit tab (or similar). The button should be used in the user editable pages, so no maintainer-only credentials should be asked to start a valid editing session. If only registered (logged in) users can edit, the button should be registered.

Plug-ins are currently available for Firefox , Opera , Epiphany , and Chrome . [7] [8] [9] [10] There is ongoing work to support Internet Explorer . [11]

Supported websites

WordPress (as a plug-in [13] ), and many others. [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] Currently, when? ] The project’s website lists over 80 other websites that have implemented support for the button.


  1. Jump up^ Cleaver, Martin (2008-06-19). “The Universal Edit button launches today” . WikiSym . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  2. Jump up^ “RoCoCo” . 2008-04-30 . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  3. Jump up^ Discussions on the AboutUs wiki
  4. Jump up^ Tim Berners-Lee (2005-12-12). “So I have a blog” . Decentralized Information Group (DIG) . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  5. Jump up^ “About the Universal Edit Button” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  6. Jump up^ Documentation, how to implement the button on the server side
  7. Jump up^ Firefox plug-in
  8. Jump up^ Opera plug-in
  9. Jump up^ Epiphany plug-in page
  10. Jump up^ Chrome plug-in page
  11. Jump up^ Project page, dedicated to Internet Explorer support
  12. Jump up^ “Wikimedia announcement” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  13. Jump up^ “WordPress plugin” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  14. Jump up^ Gohr, Andreas (2008-06-20). “Plugin: ueb” . DokuWiki . Retrieved 2009-06-11 .
  15. Jump up^ Niall Kennedy (June 28, 2008). “Socialtext announcement” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  16. Jump up^ “TWiki announcement” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  17. Jump up^ “Creative Commons announcement” . 2008-06-22 . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  18. Jump up^ “PBwiki announcement” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  19. Jump up^ “WikkaWiki announcement” . . Retrieved 2009-03-17 .
  20. Jump up^ Wikis Rally Around Universal Edit Button- Webmonkey

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