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See: http://www.flexwiki.com/

Interesting wiki engine from some people who's day jobs are at Microsoft. (For those not paying attention to the wiki world outside TWiki, this is where Ward Cunningham now works. Ward doesn't have anything to do with this WikiClone AFAIK (yet) though)

Rather than talk about features I'd encourage people to look at it and make their own minds up - to my mind it has some interesting UI enhancements - including a very simple manner for incorporating summaries in pages, which are automagically pulled in as mouse overs on links. (So that people can decide before they click whether it's worth it)

There's other very interesting enhancements there.

-- MS - 03 Feb 2004

mmm, definately interesting. Unlike MS, I'll not restrain myself to only one feature observation. smile

The one line summary and last edit metadata on mouse-over is immediately useful. I could certainly become addicted to that in short order. Unfortunately it only seems to work in Internet Explorer; perhaps that could be fixed. Also cool is the "bug reports" link on the feature requests page. Click on it and you get to choose which bug report page you want, without going to a new "please select which page you want" page first. This would be a big help in handling the same topic name across MultipleWebs or WikiFederations in flexwiki speak. This implementation is also IE specific, but again maybe that could be fixed.

It's worth watching these guys for ideas. Concerrn for the experience of the lowly user has been part of their design process and it shows.

On the other hand, some of their TextFormattingRules are even more cumbersome than ours, they use 8 (!) spaces for creating lists (again, unless you use IE in which case the tab key works).

-- MattWilkie - 03 Feb 2004

Their formatting might be worse in some respects, but you presumably haven't found the page stating the intent for a local editor (in the same way VoodooPad does - which is a fun editor for those who haven't tried it). Given the guys developing it have day jobs at Microsoft the focus on Windows doesn't strike me as suprising. It is after all >90% of the general public audience - and if they want to use it at their workplace it's a highly logical bias. (I can't see any indication of whether this is the case or not - Microsoft are known to use wikis internally though - like many other places.)

-- MS - 03 Feb 2004

Someone at Microsoft introduced me to FlexWiki a few weeks back. I also think that this Wiki has some good points on usability, which is worth watching. A ToolTipTopicInfoOnWikiWordLinks feature is actually very simple to implement.

-- PeterThoeny - 05 Feb 2004

... but it's pulling out a summary to the linked page that's the tricky bit smile

-- WillNorris - 15 Feb 2004


-- MartinCleaver - 28 Sep 2004

It implements WikiTalk, an OO scripting language inside the wiki...

-- MartinCleaver - 31 Sep 2004

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