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This is a short introduction training course for TWiki beginners (newbies).
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This is a short introductory training course for TWiki beginners.
 

Start Presentation

Slide 1: A Taste of TWiki

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 The basic function of TWiki is a Wiki (if that helps!)
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A Wiki is like a normal web site, except that you can edit the content in your browser
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A Wiki is like a web site, except that you can edit the content in your browser
 
  • "Wiki" is short for "wiki wiki", the Hawaiian for "Quick"
  • The idea originates from Macintosh Hypercard, via Ward Cunningham
  • In Ward's words, Wiki is "the simplest online database that could possibly work"
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  • A Wiki is basically a shared, online, persistant whiteboard
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  • A Wiki is basically a shared, online, persistent whiteboard
 

TWiki Wiki

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TWiki implements the basic Wiki idea of a shared whiteboard
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Whiteboard TWiki implements the basic Wiki idea of a shared whiteboard
 
  • Anyone can add content
    ... or change what is written
    ... or change the organisation of the content
  • Whatever what you write is
    ... nicely presented
    ... remembered... and never forgotten
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 TWiki also acts as an "application platform" to integrate a number of other functions.

TWiki is an Open-Source development on TWiki.org

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  • with over 100 regular contributors in many countries

Where is it used?

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TWiki is mainly used in commercial environments, often on corporate intranets
  • Examples: Disney, British Telecom, SAP, Wind River, Motorola, Epic Games
    Disney logo British Telecom logo SAP logo Motorola logo Epic Games logo

A number of public Wiki sites also use TWiki

 

TWiki Features

TWiki builds on the original Wiki concept and adds a number of features that make it very useful in a business environment.
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  • TWiki pages are fully revision controlled, so a record of every change to every page is kept
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  • TWiki pages are fully revision controlled, so a record of every change to every page is kept
    r6 < r5 < r4
 
  • The look-and-feel is highly configurable, through use of templates
  • A "plugins" interface eases
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  • Search - takes you to a search page, where you can search all the text
  • Go - lets you type in the name of a page you already know
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The Page Header

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The Page Header ... continued

 
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Edit | Attach
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  • An ordinary URL pasted into text will appear as a link - http://www.google.com
    • You can also prettify URLs using square brackets:
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      • [[http://www..google.com][google]] appears as google
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      • [[http://www.google.com/][Google]] appears as Google
 
  • Use %SEARCH. This is an interface to a sophisticated search engine that embeds the results of the search in your page. See TWikiVariables for full details.

More formatting

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  • Attachments are simply files, in whatever format you want.
  • TWiki recognises some file formats, notably image files (.gif)
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    • Write %ATTACHURL%/myco.gif to see this: /pub/TWiki/ATasteOfTWiki/myco.gif
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    • Write %ATTACHURL%/myco.gif to see this: myco.gif
 

Wiki Culture

Enough about mechanics; how is a wiki actually used ? Well, that's really up to you, but there are a number of tricks that the wiki community has developed for collaborative writing that work pretty well:
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  • A Wiki trick for grouping pages together
  • Example: to group together a set of pages all relating to the weather:
    1. Create a page called 'CategoryWeather'
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    1. Put a SEARCH that contain the word 'CategoryWeather' into it
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    1. Put a SEARCH that contains the word 'CategoryWeather' into it
 
      • %SEARCH{"CategoryWeather" nosearch="on" nosummary="on"}%
    1. Put the BumpyWord 'CategoryWeather' on all the pages relating to the weather
      (usually at the bottom, below a horizontal bar)
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  • TWikiDrawPlugin: Add quick sketches to pages %DRAWING...
The following plugins are installed on this TWiki: SpreadSheetPlugin, CommentPlugin, EditTablePlugin, InterwikiPlugin, PreferencesPlugin, SlideShowPlugin, SmiliesPlugin, TablePlugin, TwistyPlugin, WysiwygPlugin
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There are many other plugins, see http://www.twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins
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There are many other plugins, see http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins
 

Credits and Acknowledgements

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Related topics: WelcomeGuest, TWikiTutorial, ATasteOfTWikiTemplate?

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