Demo Notes

What is a Wiki?

  • collection of user-editable web pages
  • size ranges from personal to global (eg, Wikipedia)
  • hundreds of Wiki implementations exist
  • See An Introduction to Wiki

What is TWiki?

  • aimed at companies (eg, used at Yahoo!)
    • fine-grained access control, ala Unix
    • "webs" provide separation of topics
    • consultants and commercial support
    • customizable look and feel

  • advanced capabilities
    • programming support (eg, IF, FOREACH, SEARCH)
    • structuring support (eg, forms, page ancestry)
    • formatting support (eg, CSS, HTML, templates)

  • extensibility
    • "apps" can be written in TWiki Markup
    • "plugins" offer specialized features
    • new plugins can be written (in Perl)

The Good News

  • Wikis are flexible and grow organically.
  • Every user can contribute.
  • Revision control provides a safety net.

The Bad News

  • Wikis can easily turn into jungles.
  • Careless editing can create messes.

Solutions and Workarounds

  • Every Wiki should have a "gardener".
  • Wiki "apps" can provide structure.

The Demo

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Topic revision: r2 - 19 Aug 2008, RichMorin

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