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Universal Wiki Edit Button

The idea of using one and the same edit icon in a number of popular wikis. Something similar happened on blog sites with the universal RSS feed icon feed.gif

See work in progress at http://www.aboutus.org/UniversalWikiEditButton. Please give your feedback there.

Current proposed icon:

  • edit-chalk-10g.png Chalk icon version 10, green, round edges (recommended icon)
  • edit-chalk-10gs.png Chalk icon version 10, green, square icon (to place in rectangular tabs)
  • edit-chalk-10o.png Chalk icon version 10, orange, rounded edges
  • edit-chalk-10os.png Chalk icon version 10, orange, square icon
  • edit-chalk-10m12.png Chalk icon version 10, gray, 12x12 pixel (for sectional edits)

Screenshot mockup of Mediawiki with green chalk icon button:

-- Contributors: PeterThoeny - 07 Jun 2007


I like the idea of a universal wiki edit button. This helps drive the awareness of wikis, thus TWiki. What is the percentage of Wikipedia visitors who do not notice that there is an edit link on every page?

Here is my contribution posted on AboutUs.org, my studies of edit button icons:

-- PeterThoeny - 07 Jun 2007

someone clever thought to use a Unicode character - thus no image needed:

-- SvenDowideit - 12 Jun 2007

Much as I like Unicode, font support for specific characters is quite variable (which is why many websites don't use the character for TM by the way), and the actual glyph could be rendered differently - so an image would be a better option IMO.

-- RichardDonkin - 13 Jun 2007

Good point Richard. Please participate directly on the AboutUs.org site.

I think the TWikiCommunity should participate in the edit button discussion, and use it in the default PatternSkin once we have an agreement. They state, "we're done when ... we need at least 90% of at least [n] ActiveMembers of [wiki software] to be at YES on the current version of the icon." What is the [n] for TWiki? 5?

-- PeterThoeny - 13 Jun 2007

I added TWiki.org to the list of participating wikis. Please cast your vote at http://www.aboutus.org/UniversalWikiEditButton

-- PeterThoeny - 04 Jul 2007

There has been progress at the Universal edit Button site. TWiki.org and out Bugs site have been UEB enabled - all you need to do is install the Firefox addin, and you get a Wiki Edit Icon in the Firefox URL input box.

The icon was suggested by WardCunningham, the father of all wiki's.

  • TWiki.org with Universal Edit Button enabled:

-- SvenDowideit - 20 Jun 2008

How in the world is one supposed to know how to participate or vote on the aboutus site? I signed up and clicked the participate button, but only got a blank edit page (new topic). I copied and pasted another entry into my new blank and changed it appropriately, but it doesn't look like my "vote" is included in the results.

-- DavidWolfe - 20 Jun 2008

Site is on http://universaleditbutton.org/Universal_Edit_Button

And the vote was back in 2007. Icon has been chosen now.

-- KennethLavrsen - 20 Jun 2008

Works great.

-- ArthurClemens - 20 Jun 2008

The Universal Edit Button icon has been changed, see http://universaleditbutton.org

I updated our uweb-* icons in SVN trunk to the latest shape, with some modifications for readability.

  • Master:

  • New icons: uweb-g.gif uweb-o.gif uweb-oo.gif uweb-bo.gif

-- PeterThoeny - 2010-04-17

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