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History of the TWiki Implementation

  • PeterThoeny? - 23 Jul 1998: Installed initial version, based on the JOS Wiki. See WikiWikiClones for details.
  • PeterThoeny? - 27 Jul 1998: Added automatic links to topics in other TWiki webs by specifying <web name>.<topic name>, e.g. Know.WebSeach .
  • PeterThoeny? - 28 Jul 1998: Topic WebSearch allows full text search and and topic search with/without regular expressions.
  • PeterThoeny? - 28 Jul 1998: Topic index. (Technically speaking a simple '.*' search on topic names.)
  • PeterThoeny? - 28 Jul 1998: Topic Changes shows Wiki username instead of Intranet username, e.g. PeterThoeny instead of thoeny in case the Wiki username exists. Implementation: Automatic lookup of Wiki username in topic TWikiUsers.
  • PeterThoeny? - 28 Jul 1998: Added TWiki variables, enclosed in % signs: %TOPIC% (Topic name), %WEB% (web name), %SCRIPTURL% (script URL), %DATE% (current date), %WIKIWEBMASTER% (Wiki webmaster address), %WIKIVERSION% (Wiki version), %USERNAME% (user name), %WIKIUSERNAME% (Wiki user name).
  • PeterThoeny? - 31 Jul 1998: Support for quoted text with a '>' at the beginning of the line.
  • PeterThoeny? - 04 Aug 1998: Warn user if new topic name is not a valid Wiki name. (template file templates/Web/notwiki.tmpl)
  • PeterThoeny? - 04 Aug 1998: Separate templates for text of non existing topic and default text of new topic. (template file templates/Web/notedited.tmpl)
  • PeterThoeny? - 05 Aug 1998: Signature and date is inserted automatically when creating a new topic.
  • PeterThoeny? - 06 Aug 1998: Added server side include of files. Syntax is %INCLUDE:"filename.ext"%
  • PeterThoeny? - 07 Aug 1998: Automatic email notification when something has changed in a TWiki web. Each web has a topic WebNotify where one can subscribe and unsubscribe.
  • PeterThoeny? - 13 Aug 1998: WikiNotation allows also numbers after the AaA sequence, e.g. AaA1 is a valid WikiTopic? name, but not Aa1.
  • PeterThoeny? - 24 Sep 1998: Corrected templates for automatic email notification so that MS Outlook can display attachment as an HTML file.
  • PeterThoeny? - 13 Oct 1998: Alphabetical topic index in WebSearch.
  • PeterThoeny? - 14 Oct 1998: Refered-By: Find out which topics have a link to the current topic. Each topic has a |Ref-By| link for that. Note: Only references from the current web are shown, not references from other webs.
  • PeterThoeny? - 26 Oct 1998: Added revision control using RCS. Each topic has now a list of revisions at the bottom and a revision info, e.g.
    Topic TWikiHistory . { Edit | Ref-By | r1.3 | r1.2 | r1.1 }
    Revision r1.3: 1998/10/26 01:34:00 by PeterThoeny
  • PeterThoeny? - 26 Oct 1998: Added preview of topic changes before saving the topic. This was necessary to prevent unneeded revisions.
  • PeterThoeny? - 10 Nov 1998: View differences between topic revisions. Each topic has a list of revisions (e.g. r1.3) and differences thereof (e.g. >) at the bottom:
    Topic TWikiHistory . { Edit | Ref-By | r1.3 | > | r1.2 | > | r1.1 }
    Revision r1.3: 1998/11/10 01:34 by PeterThoeny
  • PeterThoeny? - 10 Nov 1998: The email notification and the Changes topic have now a topic date that is linked. Clicking on the link will show the difference between the two most recent topic revisions.
  • PeterThoeny? - 18 Nov 1998: Internal log of topic save actions to the file data/logYYYYMM.txt, where YYYYMM the year and month in numeric format is. Intended for auditing only, not accessible from the web.
  • PeterThoeny? - 07 Dec 1998: Possible to add a category table to a TWiki topic. This permits storing and searching for more structured information. Editing a topic shows a HTML form with the usual text area and a table with selectors, checkboxes, radio buttons and text fields. TWikiDocumentation has more on setup. The TWiki.Know web uses this category table to set classification, platform and OS version.
  • PeterThoeny? - 08 Dec 1998: Signature is shown below the text area when editing a topic. Use this to easily copy & paste your signature into the text.
  • PeterThoeny? - 04 Jan 1999: Fixed bug when viewing differences between topic revisions that include HTML table tags like <table>, <tr>, <td>.
  • PeterThoeny? - 03 Feb 1999: Possible to view complete revision history of a topic on one page. Access at the linked date in the Changes page, or the Diffs link at the bottom of each topic, e.g.
    Topic TWikiHistory . { Edit | Ref-By | Diffs | r1.3 | > | r1.2 | > | r1.1 }
    Revision r1.3: 1998/11/10 01:34 by PeterThoeny
  • PeterThoeny? - 09 Feb 1999: No new topic revision is created if the same person saves a topic again within one hour.
  • PeterThoeny? - 09 Feb 1999: New text formatting rule for creating fixed font text . Words get showns in fixed font by enclosing them in "=" equal signs. Example: Writing =fixed font= will show up as fixed font .
  • PeterThoeny? - 26 Mar 1999: New variables %PUBURL% (Public directory URL) and %ATTACHURL% (URL of topic file attachment).
  • PeterThoeny? - 26 Mar 1999: File attachments: Upload and download any file as a topic attachment by using the browser. FileAttachment has more.
  • PeterThoeny? - 15 Apr 1999: Topic locking: Warn user if a topic has been edited by an other person within one hour. This is to prevent contention, e.g. simultaneous topic updates.
  • PeterThoeny? - 20 May 1999: New variables %WIKIHOMEURL% (link when pressing the icon on the upper left corner) and %WIKITOOLNAME% (the name of the wiki tool: TWiki ).
  • PeterThoeny? - 20 May 1999: Added meta tag so that robots index only /view/ of topics, not /edit/, /attach/ e.t.c. Tag: <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX">
  • DavidWarman? - 21 May 1999: Externalize copyright text at the bottom of every page into a web-specific webcopyright.inc file. This is to easily customize the copyright text.
  • PeterThoeny? - 23 Jun 1999: Separate wiki.pm into configuration (wikicfg.pm) and TWiki core (wiki.pm) . This is to ease the upgrade of TWiki installations, it also allows customized extensions to TWiki without affecting the TWiki core.
  • PeterThoeny? - 23 Jun 1999: New TextFormattingRules to write bold italic text by enclosing words with double underline characters.
  • ChristopheVermeulen? - 07 Jul 1999: Link a plural topic to a singular topic in case the plural topic does not exist. Example: TestVersion / TestVersions , TestPolicy / TestPolicies , TestAddress / TestAddresses , TestBox / TestBoxes .
  • PeterThoeny? - 15 Jul 1999: Search path for include files in %INCLUDE:"file.inc"% variable. Search first in the current web, then in parent data directory. Useful to overload default include text in the data directory by web-specific text, like for example webcopyright.inc text.
  • PeterThoeny? - 21 Jul 1999: Flag $doRemovePortNumber in wikicfg.pm to optionally remove the port number from the TWiki URL. Example: www.some.domain:1234/twiki gets www.some.domain/twiki .
  • PeterThoeny? - 22 Jul 1999: Flags $doLogTopic* in wikicfg.pm to selectively log topic view, edit, save, rdiff, attach, search and changes to monthly log file.
  • PeterThoeny? - 03 Aug 1999: Online registration of new user using web form in TWikiRegistration. Authentication of users.
  • PeterThoeny? - 08 Aug 1999: New text formatting rule for creating tables. Text gets rendered as a table if enclosed in "|" vertical bars. Example line as it is written and how it shows up:
    | This | is | a table | with | cells |
    This is a table with cells
  • PeterThoeny? - 31 Aug 1999: Fixed Y2K? bug. (Date in year 2000 had wrong format.)
  • PeterThoeny? - 03 Oct 1999: Limit the number of revisions shown at the bottom of the topic. Example:
    Topic TWikiHistory . { ..... | Diffs | r1.10 | > | r1.9 | > | r1.8 | > | r1.7 | >... }
    Additional revisions can be selected by pressing the >... link.
  • PeterThoeny? - 10 Jan 2000: No more escaping for '%' percent characters. (Number of consecutive '%' entered and displayed is identical.)
  • PeterThoeny? - 24 Jan 2000: Fixed bug where an email address starting with a WikiName was rendered as an internal Wiki link instead of an email address, i.e. SomeWikiName@somewhere'NOSPAM'.test .
  • PeterThoeny? - 29 Jan 2000: Fixed bug where TWiki would not initialize correctly under certain circumstances, i.e. when running it under mod_perl. Sub initialize in wiki.pm did not handle $thePathInfo correctly.
  • PeterThoeny? - 04 Feb 2000: Access statistics. Each web has a WebStatistics topic that shows monthy statistics with number of topic views and changes, most popular topics, and top contributors. (It needs to be enabled, TWikiDocumentation has more.)
  • PeterThoeny? - 07 Feb 2000: Inline search. New variable %SEARCH{"str" ...}% to show a search result embedded in a topic text. TWikiVariables has more on the syntax. Inline search combined with the category table feature can be used for example to create a simple bug tracking system.
  • PeterThoeny? - 07 Feb 2000: Changed the syntax for server side include variable from %INCLUDE:"filename.ext"% to %INCLUDE{"filename.ext"}% . (Previous syntax still supported. Change was done because of inline search syntax)

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