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Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill is WriteTheWeb's publisher and managing editor.

Edd is a technology writer and software developer. He is Managing Editor of, publisher and editor of XMLHack. He is also programme chair for XML Europe, and Apps track chair for OSCON.

Articles by this author

An epiphany in browsing

by Edd Dumbill -- 2003-02-17

A new browser has emerged for the open source GNOME desktop platform. Epiphany seeks to live up to the claims of its name in terms of simplicity and intuition.

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RSS reader programmers: fix your referrer fields!

by Edd Dumbill -- 2003-02-03

RSS has a troubled enough history already with respect to "standards compliance," but the trend for RSS aggregators leave bogus referrer information is becoming immensely irritating.

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WriteTheWeb relaunches

by Edd Dumbill -- 2003-01-31

Nearly three years after launching, we've given WtW a fresh look, and a new injection of content. In 2003 the issues that we set out to cover in 2000 are as relevant as ever: following and campaigning for the writeable web, where participation by creation is as important as reading.

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Extending the web to your telephone

by Edd Dumbill -- 2001-01-19

Dan Connolly of the W3C has created telagent, an HTTP agent for placing and receiving telephone calls.

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Netscape/Unix combo gets "Edit this page"

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-12-19

Gerald Oskoboiny has created a way of browser initiated editing with Netscape/Unix designed to interoperate with vi and CVS.

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The Semantic Web, explained

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-11-02

Edd Dumbill has taken a shot at the difficult question

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P2P may succeed where tired web apps fail

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-10-24

Despite the nagging feeling I get that there's something not quite right yet with so-called peer-to-peer applications, exemplified by the recently-released Groove, there are many ways in which they could achieve the aim of a writeable, collaborative medium before the Web gets there.

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Opera shows great promise on Linux

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-10-06

Opera have released a beta version of Opera 4 for Linux, and look set to be delivering a high-class browser to beat either Netscape or Mozilla.

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WYSIWYG edit any page from your browser

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-09-24

Derek Robinson has developed a Javascript application which allows WYSIWYG editing of any web page, local or remote.

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Deepleap takes one

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-08-22

The party's over for web assistant company Deepleap. CEO Lane Becker mailed their registered users yesterday saying

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A step forward for RSS

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-08-15

A group of web developers has produced a proposal for RSS 1.0, the next generation of the lightweight headline syndication format originally devised for My Netscape.

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Web Standards Project: Deliver on your promises, Netscape!

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-07-21

Voicing the thoughts of many web standards advocates, the Web Standards Project has heavily criticized Netscape for taking so long over Mozilla, its next-generation web browser.

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Stephen King blazes trail for web publication

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-07-21

The author Stephen King is offering his latest book, The Plant, as a download from his web site on an honor basis at $1 per story segment.

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Should blogging pay? says it will

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-07-08 has published a feature on blogging, written by Biz Stone, who pitches blogging as grass-roots content reclaiming the Web, with the ultimate prospect of earning money for blogging.

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Bloated content management tools on the slide

by Edd Dumbill -- 2000-07-06

Jimmy Guterman writes in Inside that large media publishers are dropping monolithic systems like Vignette StoryServer and going for home-grown content management instead.

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