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WikiIs

For those of us who can remember the worldwide web before it took on the appearance of a catalog insert from the Sunday paper, the concept of HyperText? was a driving force behind the technology. Many folks invested a lot of time and effort in creating tools and readers for creating texts with links that would allow us to express ideas in a non-linear fashion. Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) gave us a way to view hypertext but it left the creation to the newly desiginated class of Web Masters.

First of all a Wiki page is a web page. You can enter its URL into your browser and it will be displayed in your browser. Typically, if you're logged in the site there will be a button or control which will allow you to edit the page. On our site there is a pencil icon near the top of the page and an edit button near the bottom of the page. Some sites allow anonymous editing but we don't. Clicking on the edit button will show you the text of the page in an edit box. Now you have moved from Web browser moving through the web chewing on the info you find there to a Web builder contributing your ideas and thoughts to the web. After adding text or editing the existing text, click on Save and your contribution to the Wiki is available for all visitors to see.

In addition, most wikis name the pages with a compound word or CamelCase? word. Adding such a word to a page in the wiki causes the creation a link from the page you're editing to the named page. If there is no page with the name specified it is generally displayed with a hotlinked question mark after it (?); clicking on this will open a blank page with that name which you can then edit. After the page is edited and saved any wiki page containing that name will now link to the newly created page.

See TechnicalCommunication and GeneratingPages for more techy information.




Created by steve. Last Modification: Tuesday 25 of May, 2010 13:05:47 UTC by steve.