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-- PeterThoeny - 18 Jun 2001

Incidently I just found that FoxWiki: uses a preceding ? to introduce links to a topic named with a SingletonWikiWord. Not all simple though, cause it uses ! to point to another web and it calls other webs namespaces.

Looks like we are going to end up with a BabelOfWikis just in terms of syntax. Humph - I'm going to go and read the WikiWay, maybe that says something about it!

-- MartinCleaver - 10 Jun 2001

I think we already have a BabelOfWikis -- see, for example, Wiki:WikiEngineReviewTextFormattingTest and Wiki:WikiEngineReview (which has lost a few links).

-- RandyKramer - 18 Jun 2001

Indeed - it would be good if the Wikizens of various WikiWikiClones got together and agreed on some standards, but it's probably too late for that... Maybe the best that can be done is an interchange format, perhaps an XML language to and from which the various WikiWikiClones can export and import their pages, to ease migrations and interoperability.

-- RichardDonkin - 18 Jun 2001

Indeed, it is a Babel of Wikis. This does not matter so much in regards to the TWikiMission.

If there is a need, a plugin could be created that serves the TWiki topic content in what ever WikiXmlStandard there might be in the future.

-- PeterThoeny - 18 Jun 2001

Well, if there was a high horse to get on, this is one worth getting on. Having differences in how the content is handled is fine, having differences in the way the wikis address each other is madness.

Bother, WardCunningham must have talked about this somewhere. (Time to order the WikiWay from the UK I guess).

-- MartinCleaver - 19 Jun 2001

See RenderOnceReadMostly please! I think this is more of a perceived problem then a real one.

-- DavidLeBlanc - 20 Jun 2001

I'm not sure what the problem is really with a 'Babel' of Wikis - might be less pejorative to call it a Cambrian Explosion smile Few people use a lot of different Wikis, and the basic syntax is easily learnt. Sites that migrate from one Wiki to another can develop conversion tools quite easily, e.g. the Dolphin to TWiki tool in Plugins.WebHome - over time, these may evolve into a common interchange format.

It is already possible to reference other Wikis in a consistent format, mostly, see MeatBall:InterWiki and InterWikis.

-- RichardDonkin - 21 Jun 2001

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