[uf-discuss] rel-edit

Chris Griego cgriego at gmail.com
Mon May 28 10:07:54 PDT 2007

Has any thought been given to the pre-existing in-the-wild use of rel=EditURI?

<link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD"
href="/xmlrpc.php?rsd" />

Chris Griego

On 5/25/07, Evan Prodromou <evan at prodromou.name> wrote:
> Hi, everybody.
> ** Context **
> So, on the tail of RecentChangesCamp Montreal
> (http://www.rocococamp.info/), there's an effort to work out some
> universal conventions for wiki engines to indicate that a page is
> editable.
> The current focus is on an icon next to the "edit this page" link (or
> language equivalent) to indicate that the link activates a tool
> (probably a page with an HTML form, but possibly a WYSIWYG edit mode)
> that will let the user edit the page.
> You can follow this discussion here:
>         http://www.aboutus.org/UniversalWikiEditButton
> The idea is to make something as ubiquitous as the RSS "orange radio
> waves" icon.
> ** rel-edit **
> An icon will be helpful for human beings, but it could also be very
> useful to define a microformat for "the edit link". This link is almost
> universal in the wikisphere. There are several hundred wiki engines in
> active use today:
>         http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiEngines
> In terms of pages on the Web, there are literally millions of pages with
> "edit" links on Wikimedia projects alone. Adding in the thousands of
> other wikis on the web, this is a very common link relationship.
> A well-defined microformat would not be limited to wikis; it would also
> be useful for other kinds of editable Web pages or sections thereof. In
> particular, for certain content-management systems, there is sometimes
> an "edit" link (when the current user has rights to edit the page), as
> well as for certain blogging software. If carefully managed, editable
> comments or forum posts could have their edit-links marked, too.
> The microformat would be useful for formatting directives (for example,
> the above-mentioned icon could be placed before or after the link using
> CSS). It could also be useful for smart Web browsers or browser
> extensions; they could use an additional gesture, command key, button,
> or menu input to let the user "edit this page".
> I think this microformat would be best defined using the semantics of
> the "rel" attribute of <a> links. For example, on the "how-to-play" page
> on the microformats wiki, this link:
>         <a href="/wiki?title=how-to-play&amp;action=edit">Edit</a>
> would be changed to:
>         <a href="/wiki?title=how-to-play&amp;action=edit" rel="edit">Edit</a>
> I'd like to start a draft rel-edit page on microformats.org; but first
> I'd like to gather some feedback on this mailing list.
> Thanks,
> -Evan
> P.S. There may be a case to cover all the "CRUD" actions that can
> performed on a page with their own microformats; I'd like to leave that
> out of scope for this discussion.
>         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRUD_%28acronym%29
> If handled carefully, I think a limited-scope rel-edit would be
> compatible and consistent with any future CRUD microformats.
> --
> Evan Prodromou <evan at prodromou.name>
> http://evan.prodromou.name/

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