First public release of the Seaweed Plugin

In the past year I have been developing a JavaScript API called “Seaweed” (The seamless web editor – see http://seaweed-editor.com) for my masters project at the University of Waikato. The API allows people to directly edito content on a web page without switching to edit mode. (It is kinda of like the “contentEditable” attribute – but with more control and better browser support). Play with a demo at http://seaweed-editor.com/demo.

My research is to investigate various aspects of “seamless editing”. I decided to use WordPress to power this investigation by developing a plugin that allows WordPress users to edit their posts/pages/comments directly on their Blog – without the need to use the administrator! Try it now at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seaweed. NOTE: WordPress.com users may have to wait a while for WordPress.com to host the plugin.

Seamless editing is cool, it beats WYSIWYG editing and HTML source editing any day (of coarse there are situations where the old-school way of editing may be more beneficial). When users install this plugin, they must first sign up to my Experiment which gathers usage data. If you have WordPress and you can install plugins – please install mine and sign up now! 🙂

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Beggining of a new year

My final year at university: my masters thesis. Last year ended with great results, I completed a project called “Apollo” which was an experimental hypermedia environment for creating, editing and managing audio data.

For the next year I am focusing on Web development: something I have zero experience and knowledge in, well I know a little html and some basic concepts. I have avoided the web dev area because I had always seen it as a limited/restricted dev environment. However now that web 2.0 has been introduced and continuously expanding my view has changed.

This year I want to try and implement innovative ideas with web applications and push the limits of what can be done in a web browser. The amount of technologies and API’s are so overwhelming it’s difficult to know where to start!