The way of the wiki seduceth us

Once in a great while, the sysadmin goes looking for kewl stuff, and apparently over the weekend he discovered that the Domino package we’ve paid for includes rather a lot more than just support for (gasp!) Notes. Since his favorite variety of kewl stuff is kewl stuff he doesn’t actually have to code, he tossed up the idea of a corporate wiki for the sixty or seventy pages of procedure manual that have been converted over to HTML, and the sixty or seventy thousand pages that haven’t. Nobody was particularly horrified at the thought, and he had the sucker up and running in an hour or two.

Where this gets interesting, of course, is the point at which we shift gears out of HTML and into some dialect of wikitext, a movement made even more interesting by the fact that there isn’t anything like the W3C to manufacture standards for wikis. The DominoWiki is an open-source package, and its markup is similar to that used on Wikipedia. Inasmuch as I’ve actually done some small amount of editing on Wikipedia, I managed to turn out an acceptable page on the first try, though it took several minor edits to compensate for my klutziness/inability to read/obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Trini was unhappy with the default orange text used for some headings; I proposed an alternative, and rattled off a not-entirely-random RGB string.

“What color is that?”

“Puke green.”

Nobody actually hurled, but hey, I tried.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 May 2009 · 8:38 pm

    Maybe no hurling, but I will say the variant spelling “kewl” makes me come out in some nasty hives.

  2. CGHill »

    4 May 2009 · 8:53 pm

    All the more reason, then, to get it out of my system in a single paragraph.

  3. Michael Bates »

    4 May 2009 · 10:38 pm

    A couple of years ago I set up a wiki variant for our small company (about 20 employees at the time) to capture internal procedures and to act as a searchable corporate memory. The big hurdle was getting people to experiment and create articles. Everyone wanted a template to follow. It was an exciting milestone when someone created a page of instructions on using the coffee maker and proper coffee pot etiquette.

  4. Kirk »

    5 May 2009 · 8:01 am

    Wiki technology is cool (oops, I mean “kewl”), but wikitext is a major pain. It’s not intuitive to the nontechnical, so it just becomes Yet Another Programming Language.

RSS feed for comments on this post