Rant About Wikis

I normally don't rant using my blog. But this time I have to. Why the hack do different wiki engines use different syntax? Do the creators of these wiki engines realize how much pain it is to rewrite all the text manually? Couldn't at least the basic rules be the same? I love this kind of creative jobs... search & replace, search & replace... Yes, I know there exist converters, but guess what, there is no converter from Twiki to JSPWiki. Or is there? You can still save my day :)

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"Yes, I know there exist converters, but guess what, there is no converter from Twiki to JSPWiki. Or is there? You can still save my day :)"

Hey Roumen, maybe you should make one with Netbeans! LOL! ;)

Posted by Keith on srpen 15, 2007 at 10:19 dop. CEST #

+1

It's sillyness. There's no good reason for wiki content to be held hostage to a particular syntax. Even if you do have a converter, you may lose the 'history' associated with content.

Posted by Matt Ingenthron on srpen 15, 2007 at 12:25 odp. CEST #

He he, sounds familiar. See http://weblogs.java.net/blog/davidvc/archive/2007/01/wiki_madness.html

Posted by David Van Couvering on srpen 15, 2007 at 10:57 odp. CEST #

Yeah, I totally agree. We recently converted a lot of content from a JSPWiki instance to Confluence that we use at http://wikis.sun.com. and it wasn't an easy task. Especially because JSPWiki syntax is very lose and forgiving. Reminds me HTML vs XHTML.

Posted by Igor Minar on září 08, 2007 at 02:12 odp. CEST #

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