[Bioperl-l] wiki

Ewan Birney birney@ebi.ac.uk
Wed, 6 Sep 2000 11:10:03 +0100 (GMT)

On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Johann Visagie wrote:

> Jeff,
> Jeffrey Chang on 2000-09-06 (Wed) at 00:37:33 -0700:
> > 
> > Are there tools that will take a Wiki and package it up in another format,
> > such as printable HTML or LaTeX?
> None of the Wiki clones that I know of allow anything like that.  Though the
> original WikiWikiWeb has been around for yonks, the popularity of Wiki as a
> medium has only taken of lately, and I suppose that none of the clones have
> yet had the time to develop too much creature feep.  :-)
> <aside type="off-topic">
> I feel that structured documents of some sort are one of the prime
> deliverables of any collaboration.  I'm chatting to some people who are keen
> to develop an "online collaboration server" of sorts which may deliver many
> of the advantages John Udell mentioned in the article that I quoted (though
> we started talking before the article appeared).  Among the possible elements
> of such a server that have been discussed are:
> - a relatively bare-bones Wiki
> - a more complex structure for collaborative documents
> - a mailing list-cum-slashdot type object, but providing finer granularity
> - the necessary infrastrucutre to allow transparent cross-referencing between
>   various types of objects.
> This is all pretty much still in the discussion phase, though.  :-)
> Another project which may deliver the ability to construct more advanced
> documents wiki-fashion would be WikiNG, which I also mentioned before.
> WikiNG will probably used StructuredTextNG ("STX NG") as markup format.  As an
> example, the Zope Book is being authored using STX NG, which is:
>  "... transformed into a DOM object which is used to generate HTML (for the
>   online content), DocBook [DTD] (for O'Reilly) and PDF (for online
>   printing).  STX NG, including its DocBook and PDF capabilities, will be
>   released in future versions of Zope once we wring all the bugs out of it,
>   for now, it can be found on the 'StructuredText-Dev' CVS branch [of Zope]."
> Links again:
> Udell article:  http://software-carpentry.codesourcery.com/Groupware/report.html
> WikiNG:  http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Proposals/WikiNG
> STX NG:  http://www.zope.org/Members/jim/StructuredTextWiki/StructuredTextNG
> Sorry for the long aside, but I'm becoming more and more interested in the
> whole online collaboration problem, and more convinced I should be doing
> something about it.  Now, if only I had the time...  :-)

Indeed. <ewan gets wistful> - I'd like to work on something like that as
well (close integration with irc and possibly IP-phones as well, for that
crucial "quick-fix" contact).

Hmmm. I guess in my copious free time.... ;)

> </aside>
> -- Johann
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