Re: [nbos] [FM] FM8 Techniques Sharing
"Joe Frazier, Jr"
Mon Jul 30th, 2007
Christopher Rodrigues Macias wrote:

> Hi Doug,
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>> I probably would have thought a wiki better suited to this, but that
> is just my idea.
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> No, it isn’t just you. As I mentioned in the email I considered
> setting-up a wiki. I agree it is better suited ‘in principle,’ but as
> a practical matter I’ve found wikis to be... problematic.
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> The primary problem is usability. My experience is that people with
> some background in programming (which includes me) love the idea of
> wikis because of their flexibility. However, a substantial proportion
> of non-programmers don’t ‘get’ them, and aren’t interested in learning
> to use them. They find the special syntax off-putting.
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> Now, some wikis **do** have very good WYSIWIG interfaces and are
> easier to use. However, the one’s I’ve seen that fell into this
> category were commercial. I don’t have the time to manage hosting a
> web site, much less pay for a commercial wiki product, so I was
> limiting things to free hosting sites. If you can point me to a free
> wiki hosting service that has a good Web 2.0-ish WYSIWYG editor, then
> I think that could be a better alternative. I just didn’t know of one.
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I have no problem with WYSIWIG editors for those who are not as
technical. However, any wiki put to use "MUST" have full html editing
abilities. I find it extremely frustrating trying figure out how to
deal with limited wiki syntax when compared to being able to express my
information in full HTML. Since the end result is HTML anyway, there
is no excuse for a wiki engine not allowing full HTML, at least in my
book. I can understand this limitation if the wiki has no user
management as many do, but if there are permissions available, HTML
support is required.

Joe





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