A Wiki Runs Through It


This past week, as I was typing out an entry about the IPodMini, and CelicaIpodding, all of which I never did get around to finishing, I thought, wouldn't it be great if I could attach all sorts of other bits and pieces of information to the entry. It's quite possibly because I've been reading JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell, which is filled with these wonderfully crafted footnotes relating to the content of the book, that I wondered if it wouldn't be possible to do something like that on this blog.

A few years ago, when I was reading BeggarsAndChoosers, the author, NancyKress presented an idea of a software which was basically a representation of a thought process which could be shared amongst others. At the time, I had thought that what Kress was describing was an advanced form of the WWW, but actually what she was describing was a Wiki (albeit highly advanced).

Now, we use MoinMoinWiki at work, which I wasn't terribly impressed with, but I searched around, and I found a couple of plugins for MovableType that worked with TWiki. I installed TWiki onto my server, and I've spent the last week or so trying to configure it to work properly. TWiki also has decent Plugin support (at least more so than MoinMoinWiki) It still doesn't quite work exactly the way I want (heck, I still haven't really modified the templates for TWiki yet), but it works well enough that I'm comfortable presenting it. Wikipedia is going to have way more detail in their entries than I ever will, but for me, this Wiki seems like a good idea to record and share my annotations. I'm hoping that you, the reader, will also contribute as well. A Wiki is actually more useful for something more collaborative in nature, but it was a good exercise in combining webtools.

At least in the immediate future, expect to see a lot more WikiWords in my blog entries.

List any Problems you encounter at ProblemsWithWikiBlog.

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