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WikiCrowd: Lightweight Wiki for Collaborative Editing
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| There are a few things that set WikiCrowd apart from
| other wiki engines. Take, for example, its installation
| procedure. WikiCrowd doesn't require any database back-
| end, so you only need a machine with an Apache server
| and PHP 5.2 for it. WikiCrowd comes as a single
| install.php file which does the donkey job of installing
| the wiki on your server.
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The prospects of Microsoft Word in the wiki-based world
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| Word, to this day, is still largely a digital representation of a bunch of 8Â
| by 11 pieces of paper. Pages have numbers which you must use to reference
| them, and every page has a header and a footer. Word does have a display mode
| called "Draft" that makes it look more like an endless stream of toilet paper
| than separate pages, but I always switched to "Print Layout"âpartly because
| Draft was so ugly, but mostly as a kind of unconscious reflex, a need
| to "know" what the printed form would look like even though I was rarely
| printing things out any more. Even in Draft mode, the pages are still there,
| and are always the same size.
| I chose MediaWiki, the open-source software that powers Wikipedia. It was
| relatively easy to install on a virtual Linux server. Since everyone has read
| Wikipedia, the interface was familiar and so our users needed no training.
| Because Wikipedia managed to efficiently storeâat the time of this writingâ
| all human knowledge, speed and scalability weren't a problem. Finally, the
| price (free) was acceptable.
| So farewell, Microsoft Word. Don't feel too badâyou had a long and prosperous
| run. We had more than twenty years of fun together. You added feature after
| feature after feature, and I learned how to avoid your crazy style changes
| whenever I deleted an invisible formatting command. Maybe if you just
| had "Reveal Codes"â nah, it wouldn't have mattered. The world simply changed.
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