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MediaLab Intros WebMeddler

Software allows editorial teams to access Web pages without disturbing HTML By Dave Nagel
MediaLab has introduced new software for writers and editors working on the Web. The new Java-based WebMeddler
allows authorized users to access Web page content and make changes to specific elements of a page without disturbing layout, page formats or HTML code.

WebMeddler resides on a server, which can be Mac-, Windows NT-, Linux- or Unix-based. It adds a Java Applet to each HTML page, which remains invisible until activated by an authorized user. The applet is an HTML parser, an FTP client and a text editor. When activated, it asks for user identification and password, opens a text-editing window and then allows the user to make text deletions, insertions and modifications including font, style and hyperlinks. Changes are implemented immediately to live Web pages, according to MediaLab.

Templates can be customized to allow access to various regions on a Web page, and the site administrator can limit the types of data that can be entered, including specific formats for hyperlinks. Other features include:

  • Carriage returns can be mapped as paragraph breaks, line breaks or list items.
  • Optional templates include custom HTML, such as pop-up lists.
  • Optional automatic file backup saves a version of the page prior to editing.
  • An audit trail provides information on who made which changes when.

On the client side, WebMeddler requires Netscape 4 on the Macintosh (only) or several versions of Explorer for Windows, as well as Netscape 4. WebMeddler 1.0 is available now for $199. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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