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A austere guide to wikis - software


A wiki is an editable text-based website. But you don't need to be au fait with any center HTML, or something like that to use a wiki. A wiki is exceedingly only a a small amount bit more complicated than a word-processor, but MUCH more powerful, as in its place of only being 1 page, it can be lots of pages, all associated up together.

I'll show you how easy it is to use a wiki later, but first I'd like to tell you why wikis are so useful.

Wikis are useful, since they let you setup any data you want, in any way that you want. Considerably than constrain you with a definite way of structuring things, you can link clothes as one in any way that you want. This means you can set equipment up as simple, or as composite as you like.

Because they are so flexible, there are accurately millions of uses for wikis. Some uses include:

  • Keeping a daily journal
  • Brainstorming
  • Managing investment properties
  • Implementing a GTD classification (As described by David Allen)
  • Research
  • Running a business.

Some wikis also let many users share an edit the same data. An attractive example of this online is the Wiki Encyclopedia where a group of associates are collaborating to make a free online encyclopedia.

Perhaps the best way to show how a wiki works is with an example. Let's say you have a page, called "HomePage" that says "Hello, this is my first wiki page. "

We want to adjust it, by construction the word "first" in bold.

Start by clicking the edit button. You will see the following: Hello, this is my first wiki page.

Using the keyboard, alteration the text to look like this: Hello, this is my *first* wiki page.

When you save the changes, you will see that the word first has develop into bolded. That's since any text surrounded by '*" becomes bold.

Now, we'd like to add a new page with a link. In HTML this can be quite complex, but in a wiki, it's especially easy.

Click edit, and adjustment the text to this: Hello, this is my *first* wiki page. And this is a link to my [second page]

When you save, you will see that the words "second page" have befall a link. That's since any text surrounded by balance brackets becomes a link.

To adjustment "second page", just click on the link. If "second page" before now existed, we would now see the inside of that page. But it doesn't exist yet, so the wiki makes a blank page called "second page" for us, and then shows us that page. We can change that page by clicking edit, like before.

Lets alteration "second page", to say this: And a link to a page about [oranges]

When we save, there will be a link to an "oranges" page. Click on the oranges link, and click edit to say: My choice fruit.

We have now fashioned three pages:

  • The first page, called "HomePage"
  • The back page, called "second page"
  • The third page, called "oranges".

Lets add a link from the HomePage to the oranges page.

Go back to the HomePage, and click edit. You will see: Hello, this is my *first* wiki page. And this is a link to my [second page]

Now, lets add a third line, so the page becomes: Hello, this is my *first* wiki page. And this is a link to my [second page] And, don't fail to remember the [oranges] page.

When we save, we now have a link to the oranges page from the HomePage. If we click on the "oranges" link, this time it doesn't take us to a blank page. That's because there is previously a page called "oranges". It takes us to the obtainable "oranges" page that says "My beloved fruit. "

See how clean it is! In no time at all, we have made 3 pages. It's especially that simple, just use adjust brackets to conceive links!There is a lot more to wikis, but the fundamental belief is the link creation.

Dan Fletcher is a developer at dogMelon.

They make NoteStudio, an easy-to-use wiki-tool, being used on Palms, PC's, and Macs.

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