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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <gadgets>
      <gadget id="HotCat" desc="&lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; class=&quot;external text&quot; href=&quot;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:HOTCAT&quot;&gt;HotCat&lt;/a&gt;, easily add / remove / change a category on a page, with name suggestion" />
      <gadget id="wikED" desc="&lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; class=&quot;external text&quot; href=&quot;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cacycle/wikEd%7CwikEd&quot;&gt;wikEd&lt;/a&gt;: a full-featured integrated text editor for Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Please read the &lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; class=&quot;external text&quot; href=&quot;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cacycle/wikEd_help&quot;&gt;help page&lt;/a&gt; for usage instructions." />
    </gadgets>
  </query>
</api>