Hi, My name is JeanHuguesRobert. I'm the software author behind SimpliWiki. In this short presentation I explain how SimpliWiki is a wiki processor that is not like the ones you know. SimpliWiki is not designed for power users, quite the contrary, it's goal is to be easy to use by everybody (kids & grand parents included) with a strong focus on individuals and small groups (up to 200 active participants). Long is the road, simplicity is not easy to achieve. Security and privacy on the Internet is a matter of debates. As a social tool, SimpliWiki favors flexibility and tolerate "plausible deniability". Most other wikis promote (an often false sense of) security. Simplicity brings usability, but "simple" does not mean "simplistic". SimpliWiki is young, it's a work in progress, yet the most important features are there today and some innovative features may surprise you. ++Innovative features +++"Click to edit" Wikis, by nature, promote a "read/write web" over a "read only web". To make it easier to "write", I have chosen to make it so that clicking in a page turns the "edit mode" on (use double-click to publish). This may be disturbing at first, typically when "edit mode" is turned on accidentally. So the current solution is not perfect, but I believe it goes in the right direction. My goal is to totally avoid any "edit mode", ie pages should always be in "edit mode" (I'm working on that). +++Accessibility Long lines and small characters don't improve readability. This is specially true for kids, older people and people with small screens or using TV screens. That's why SimpliWiki uses short lines (50 characters) and provide "Aa" options in the top menu to zoom in & zoom out. +++"easy links", "soft urls", wikiwords... Wikis are made of pages. These pages are easy to create and change. It should also be easy to link pages together. That's why SimpliWiki detects things like sample.com, LikeThat or #likethis. Sometimes there will be "false positive". It's a trade-off (???See WikiWord???) Links to embeddable content (like pictures & videos for example) are also detected (???See EmbedLy???) +++No "cryptic" markup language And no WYSIWYG either. SimpliWiki adheres to the principle that says "Simple things should be simple". It leverages plain old typography rules about "quotes", (parenthesis) and common *patterns* to /handle/ _underlined text_ in a -complex- simple way !simple! (???See HelpStyles???) A nice consequence is that it is possible to copy/paste the content of a page without losing the formatting (use of a mono spaced font helps too). +++"Drafts" for change control Drafts by visitors, stamps by members. A wiki is like a house, pages are places to visit. Sometimes a visitor will leave a nice note. Sometimes a spammer will leave a graffiti. SimpliWiki deals with this using some classic solutions and a less classic one too. The classic solutions are about "access control". In SimpliWiki, some places (ie pages) are public, some other ones are less public and still other ones are either locked or hidden (or both) (???See HelpPublicPages and AboutWiki???) The less classic solution is about "drafts". When a visitor leaves a note, that note is easy to remove, because it is considered a "draft". A wiki is a place, it is also a community, with "members". When a member flags a note (ie a draft) it can decide to either remove it (ie restore the previous content of the page) or "stamp" it. +++Security by obscurity, Maps & Secrets SimpliWiki is not a "grade A" security solution (and you're probably not James Bond either). If something needs to be kept secret, don't use SimpliWiki for that (don't expect much privacy on Internet anyways...). What SimpliWiki provides is an easy way to mimic the kind of security "normal people" use in "real life". Social interactions are complex and subtle, it's not an "either/or" situation, there is a need for "gray areas". Sometimes someone will lie, sometimes someone will pretend to be someone else, sometimes someone will make a mistake and regret it. SimpliWiki makes no attempts to change these behaviours (it does not promote them either). Instead, SimpliWiki provide "mechanisms" and let's you use them the way you want. Much like in "real life", there no easy way to track what someone is doing using SimpliWiki. There is no such thing as "the list of all wikis" or "the wikis that a person contributed to". Even inside a wiki, it is not possible to get the list of all the pages, some pages are hidden. If you hide something in someone's wiki, that person has no easy way to discover it (much like if you hide something in their house), but she may find it by accident sometimes. An interesting way to hide things is to make them secret and build a map (like a treasure map) to find them (???See HelpMaps & HelpSecrets???) +++Express yourself! Internet is a jungle. Some places are "safe", some other places are not so safe. Most wikis trade creativity for safety. It's different with SimpliWiki where tools like HTML, CSS and Javascript are available to the authors, with the visitor's permission. When you visit a wiki anonymously, you are safe. If you identify yourself and visit a wiki with HTML, CSS or Javascript in it... you are entering the jungle, because code in that wiki can do "things" on your behalf ("good" or "bad" things). You can then either accept that and visit the jungle as a lion or visit that jungle in "safe" mode like in a zoo, with all HTML, CSS and Javascript automatically disabled. It's your choice. +++Backups with easy duplication The best easy way to not lose content is to make copies of it. With SimpliWiki, it's easy to send the content of a page by mail (to yourself for archiving or to anybody else). Thanks to DropBox, it's also easy to archive pages "in the cloud". ++One last word: Wiki I'm a strong believer in so called "free speech" and wikis are becoming commodities, something that I like and contribute to. As a noun "Wiki" entered the Oxford dictionary in 2007. The next step is "Wiki" becoming a verb. The "wikification" of the Internet is becoming obvious, wikis are everywhere nowadays. Thanks for reading! Jean Hugues, aka @jhr -- simpliwiki.com Feb 22 2011 twitter.com/simpliwiki ----- www.wikimatrix.org is the most comprehensive web site to compare wiki solutions. Please find below the informations about SimpliWiki: +++General Features Version: alpha 0.30 (july 2014) Author: JeanHuguesRobert url: http://simpliwiki.com Free and Open Source: Yes License: MIT, mostly Programming language: Javascript Data storage: text files License cost/Fee: 0 Development status: alpha Intented audience: individuals & groups with up to 200 active participants +++Hosting Features Storage Quota: no Bandwidth Quota: no Other Limits: 100 Kb per page Topic Restrictions: no Corporate Branding: no Own Domain: no Ads allowed: no +++System Requirements Operating System: Linux, Debian, Ubuntu Root Access: no Webserver: standalone, optional ngix Datastorage: text files Database: no +++Security/Anti-Spam Page Permissions: yes (HelpPublicPages) ACL: yes (HelpMaps) Authentication Backends: Twitter Host Blocking: no. auto detect SpamPage & drafts Mail encryption: yes (no mail at all) nofollow: no (robots detection instead) Blacklist: no CAPTCHA: no (not necessary, spam goes to SpamPage) Delayed Indexing: no (robots are excluded) Development/Support: no Preconfigured Hosting: yes Code repository: github.com/JeanHuguesRobert/simplijs Issue Tracker: ToDoList Mailing List: no, @simpliwiki on twitter Support Forum: yes, UserVoice IRC Channel: no ++Common Features Preview: no (no markup) Minor Changes: yes (major changes require a comment) Change Summary: yes Page History: yes Page Revisions: yes (on demand, see HelpArchive) Revision Diffs: no (planned) Page Index: no (use "search" instead) Plugin System: no ++Special Features Unicode Support: yes Right-to-Left Support: no Interface Languages: english, french Email notification: no Comments: discution page, Facebook Categories: yes (see HelpCategory) Namespaces: yes (clone wikis inherit parent's pages) Page Redirection: no Search: full text Wiki Farming: yes Structured Data: yes (API) +++Links CamelCase: yes Freelinks: yes Backlinks: yes InterWiki: yes SisterWiki: no Image Links: yes Page Redirects: no +++Syntax Features HTML Tags: yes Math formulas: no Tables: no CREOLE support: no Markdown Support: yes Textile Support: no BBCode Support: no Emoticon Images: no Syntax Highlighting: no Footnotes: no Quoting: no Internal Comments: yes (via CSS style) Custom styles: yes FAQ Tags: no Scripting: yes (API Javascript, HTTP) Content Includes: yes (TOC pages) Feed Aggregation: no +++Usability Section Editing: no Page Templates: no Double-Click Edit: yes (simple-click actually) Toolbar: no WYSIWYG Editing: no (no markup language) Access Keys: no (Ctrl-S to save, Esc to cancel) Auto Signature: yes ("stamping") +++Statistics Recent Changes: yes Wanted Pages: no Orphaned Pages: no Most/Least Popular: yes (see HelpCloud) Recent Visitors: yes Analysis: no +++Output HTML: HTML5 Printer Friendly: no Mobile Friendly: yes Themes & Skins: yes RSS Feeds: no ATOM Feeds: no Abbreviations: no Auto-TOC: no Raw Export: yes (see DoExportToDropbox) HTML Export: yes (see DoExportHtmlPages) XML export: no PDF Export: no +++Media and Files File Attachments: no Media Revisions: no Embedded Flash: yes (via EmbedLy) Embedded Video: yes (via EmbedLy) Image Editing: no SVG Editing: no MindMap Editing: no Media Search: N/A +++Extras no +++Syntax Examples Internal Link: InternalLink, [Internal link] External Link: example.com, http://example.com, [link](Http://example.com) Headlines: +Level 1, ++Level2, etc Bold Format: *bold* Italics Format: /italic/ Underline Format: _underline format_ Monospace Format: by default Strikethrough Format: -strike- -through- Superscript Format: no Subscript Format: no Images: example.com/image.pug, ![image](Http://example.com/image.png) Aligning Text: < centered >, right aligned > . Text Indentation: spaces Bulleted Lists: yes (see HelpStyles) Numbered Lists: yes (see HelpStyles) Definition Lists: no Horizontal Rule: ----, -----, etc --- rows: 30 cols: 50 twoPanes: true @jhr - @jhr - @jhr - @jhr -

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