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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1971 - February 05, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 3

eBay Pulls Back from Plan to Ban Active Content

By Ina Steiner
February 05, 2009

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eBay told developers it had no immediate plans to block active content from listings, a policy it had initially announced in June as a way to make it safer to shop on the site. eBay has begun hosting user-generated content (the content in the Item Description) on a separate domain, which will occur on more and more pages as the new View Item page ramps up across the site.

eBay had also been considering limiting sellers to a smaller subset of HTML to minimize the possibility of interfering with the buyer experience on the View Item page, but said that project had been put on hold while it reevaluates its plans. "When we decide to consider it again, we will give you plenty of warning and will involve you in the discussion. This basically means that we do not plan to block user-generated active content at this time."

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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