Hi all: |
I use Wiki all the time, and it's great for collaboration and
brainstorming. It takes very little time to get up to speed with it.
It would be good idea to break the document into main topics as the
"locking" mechanism for Wiki is pretty poor and while version
information is always preserved, when contention occurs the versions
can get jumbled up.
I also believe Wiki is not appropriate for a final outward document,
so there will need to be a migration effort to something more format
friendly and permanent (I prefer HTML).
Arle Lommel wrote:
Re: [trans-ws] Collaborative editing of the spec
at LISA we use wikis internally for a lot of communication, and have
found them vastly superior to Word for the authoring phase of documents
because they eliminate the frequent problem of multiple people working
from different versions of documents and moving in different directions.
If anyone wants to see how wikis work, go to Wikipedia and look up some
of those pages. You can contribute your own content to almost any of
the pages, and you can edit them, but they can also be rolled back.
That is probably the single most significant deployment of wiki
The drawbacks of wikis are that they are more cumbersome to edit than a
Word doc, and that it is a new technology that people have to learn.
That said, for most basic editing, wiki syntax is very simple and you
could learn it in a matter of minutes for simple edits. More complex
edits can require more learning, but should not be bad.
An additional potential drawback is that most wikis do not have the
capability of exporting into other formats cleanly (and may even
produce “strange” HTML), which means that it is usually best to strip
all formatting and reapply in the target format after the text is
completed, which can be time-consuming. However, if the group is
comfortable maintaining only electronic HTML copy on the web for the
spec’s master, then there is no problem with using the wiki, which
becomes, effectively, a simple CMS with an integrated authoring
environment, and the document can be deployed on the web.
Reynolds, Peter <Peter.Reynolds@bowneglobal.ie> scripsit
Hi Magnus, Stephen, All,
I was waiting for
Reinhard to have a look at this. He was the person who expressed a
preference for using word rather than learning new technologies. I
spoke with him on Wednesday and suggested he talk with Stephen but he
was in the middle of the LRC conference which he organises so I am not
sure that he got around to this. I think if we are all agreed that this
would be a good system we can just go ahead with it, but I would like
to hear Reinhard's comments.
Magnus Martikainen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 24 September 2004 18:09
Subject: RE: [trans-ws] Collaborative editing of the spec
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