March 2, 2003

Whither Art Thou Wiki?

I’m frustrated this evening by the total lack of good Wiki software for the PHP/MySQL platform. A Wiki, for those who don’t know, is a web-based knowledge management system which enables anyone to contribute content (like a forum) without needed to learn a complex markup language plus the built-in ability to cross-reference content through links called WikiWords. It’s hard to really get a sense of what a Wiki is without exploring one. The Wikipedia bills itself as “the free encyclopedia” and it may well be on its way. In a little over two years it’s amassed over 100,000 articles.

Wikis, unlike weblogs or forums aren’t temporal. They’re about knowledge rather than conversation. I’d really like to include one here but there really don’t seem to be any which work with my hosting arrangement. Either they’re coded sloppy and don’t lend themselves to being integrated into the framework of my site or they have some obscure requirement which I can’t meet. Oh well. We’ll get there.

[Also: Since I can’t seem to stop writing How Tos, here’s how to fix Safari’s tabs.]

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