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Definition of a Wiki and presentation of Tiki's Wiki

The Wiki


At the heart of Tiki is the Wiki feature, which enables users to create and edit a virtually unlimited number of content pages, without any knowledge of HTML. The wiki feature can be thought of as an exceptionally easy-to-use tool for adding content to a Tiki-powered website but this understates this feature's significance. Wikis are perhaps the most useful tool yet created for online teamwork and collaboration. Of the standalone wiki server packages available, Tiki's wiki feature is among the most feature-rich and stable.






Understanding Wikis

In brief, a wiki is a computer-based, collaboration system based on three major principles:
  1. Ease of Use: Users shouldn't have to learn HTML or deal with complicated file upload/download protocols, and the inevitable file format incompatibilities, in order to create and maintain documents collaboratively. Typically, wikis solve these problems by using their own, easy formatting syntax (called wiki syntax) and by enabling users to create and maintain documents with a web browser.
  2. Wide-Open Read/Write Access : If the purpose of a wiki is wide-open collaboration, then every document in the wiki should be instantly available for editing and revision and, what's more, anyone should be able to edit an existing wiki document (or create a new one) without having to get permission from authors or supervisors.
  3. Emergent Structure: In physics and biology, the term emergent structure is used to describe the striking (and often beautiful) patterns that emerge from fundamentally chaotic processes, such as the spiral arms of our galaxy. In a wiki, this term refers to the navigation structures that wiki users invent as they try to impose pattern and meaning on a collection of wiki pages.

Although nearly all would agree with the first principle, the second ("Wide-Open Read/Write Access") could sound risky to some people. But don't let a wiki's "open" nature scare you. With Tiki you have several options to protect, limit access to, and (if necessary) restore wiki pages:
  • Permissions: Tiki has an extensive permissions hierarchy. You can restrict editing rights to specific groups of users, make pages read-only, or completely hide pages, as necessary.
  • Lock Pages: As the site administrator (admin) or page author, you can "lock" a wiki page so its content can't be edited by others.
  • Monitor Pages: You can monitor important pages. Anytime the page is edited, Tiki will send you an email notification.
  • Restore from Page Histories: Tiki keeps a complete history of all changes to each wiki page. This detailed page history means that you can easily compare any two versions in order to see who changed what. You can also quickly restore a page to any prior version.

Wiki History

The term wiki is short for wiki-wiki, which means quick in Hawaiian. The first wiki was created (and dubbed "Wiki-Wiki") by Ward Cunningham, a Portland, Oregon, USA computer programmer, in 1995. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki for more information. The largest wiki is the remarkable Wikipedia, which contains more than 3,000,000 publicly-contributed collaboratively-authored articles.

Tiki's Wiki Features

Tiki's wiki is as full-featured as any other CMS (content management system). Its wiki syntax is simple to learn and use, yet enables you to create complex formatting... without having to learn HTML or upload special files. And by using built-in Wiki Plugins and Modules, you can extend the wiki syntax to create any type of page and contain any type of content that you want. With Tiki's wiki you can:
  • Fullly control text formatting
  • Upload and display graphics and images
  • Embed or attach files
  • Easily link to other pages or external sites (and Tiki automatically maintains "backlinks" from pages — even if you change the page name!)
  • Complete page revision history history
  • Create responsive, mobile-compatible pages that are printer-pretty
  • Organize pages by category and tag
  • Structure groups of pages into a hierarchy
  • Have the security and usefulness of fine-grained permissions control

Site visitors (with permission) can review the page's wiki source, save the page to their local PC, or even export the page to their on-site notepad. Tiki can also show pages that are similar (or related) to any given page, based on tags and content.

Tiki's wiki is truly limitless.

Using the Wiki



Further Reading



Alias
Wiki | WikisWiki pages | Using the Wiki

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Bootstrap

AdminGuide

UserGuide

Keywords

Keywords serve as "hubs" for navigation within the Tiki documentation. They correspond to development keywords (bug reports and feature requests):

Accessibility (WAI and 508)
Accounting (7.x)
Articles and Submissions
Backlinks
Banners
Batch (6.x)
BigBlueButton audio/video/chat/screensharing (5.x)
Blog
Bookmark
Browser Compatibility
Link Cache
Calendar
Category
Chat
Clean URLs
Comments
Communication Center
Compression (gzip)
Contacts (Address Book)
Contact us
Content Templates
Contribution (2.x)
Cookie
Copyright
Credit (6.x)
Custom Home and Group Home Page
Date and Time
Debugger Console
Directory of hyperlinks
Documentation link from Tiki to doc.tiki.org (Help System)
Docs 8.x
Draw 7.x
Dynamic Content
Dynamic Variable
External Authentication
FAQ
Featured links
File Gallery
Forum
Friendship Network (Community)
Gmap Google maps
Groups
Hotword
HTML Page
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Image Gallery
Import-Export
Install
Integrator
Interoperability
Inter-User Messages
InterTiki
Kaltura video management (4.x)
Karma
Live Support
Login
Logs (system & action)
Look and Feel
Lost edit protection
Mail-in
Map with Mapserver
Menu
Meta Tags
Mobile Tiki and Voice Tiki
Mods
Module
MultiTiki
MyTiki
Newsletter
Notepad
Payment
Performance Speed / Load
Permissions
Platform independence (Linux-Apache, Windows/IIS, Mac, BSD)
Polls
Profiles
Profile Manager
Report
Toolbar
Quiz
Rating
Feeds
Score
Search engine optimization
Search
Search and Replace
Security
Semantic links (3.x)
Shadowbox
Shadow Layers
Share
Shopping cart
Shoutbox
Slideshow
Smiley
Social Networks
Spam protection (Anti-bot CATPCHA)
Spellcheck
Spreadsheet
Stats
Surveys
Tags (2.x)
Task
Tell a Friend, alert + Social Bookmarking
TikiTests (2.x)
Theme CSS & Smarty
Trackers
Transitions (5.x)
TRIM
User Administration including registration and banning
User Files
User Menu
Watch
WebHelp
WebDAV (5.x)
Webmail
Web Services
Wiki 3D
Wiki History, page rename, etc
Wiki Page Staging and Approval (2.x)
Wiki Plugin extends basic syntax
Wiki Syntax
Wiki structure (book and table of content)
Workspace
WSOD
WYSIWYCA
WYSIWYG (2.x)
XMLRPC


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