IBM’s QEDWiki was produced by the Emerging Internet Standards Group and promises to make it easy to construct online applications for the Web out of simple components or services. Its creators describe it as “a browser-based assembly canvas”
QEDWiki can be used for a range of Web-based applications including; content management of pages, database form processing, collaborative writing, and mash-ups in general.
The software was written in PHP 5.0. DHTML pages are rendered by the server and sent to a client machine for client-side processing. Read IBM’s description on the alphaworks site.
Mash-up pages are easily constructed using a drag-and-drop approach. Elements such as contact lists, SMS message listeners, RSS feeds and tag clouds can be dragged from a selection palette on to a construction area, then connected up in various ways. It seems to be particularly suited to content syndication and social networking applications. the alphaworks site contains demos, tutorials and an offer to create an instance of the software for businesses.
Also on the alphaworks site, aDesigner is “a disability simulator that helps Web designers ensure that their pages are accessible and usable by the visually impaired”. The software was designed by researchers Saito, Fukuda, Takagi, Maeda and Asakawa at IBM’s Tokyo Research Lab.
IBM offers a complimentary 90-day evaluation license of the software here.