[Foundation-l] The Ideal Wiki Software

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Tue Jan 23 07:44:15 UTC 2007

What is great about MediaWiki is its capability for localisation. This 
is what sets it apart from other wiki-engines. There is however room for 
improvement. It would help the smaller projects if much of the 
maintenance where drastically improved. The long awaited integration of 
the "BetaWiki" functionality in MediaWiki proper and its integration in 
the Incubator is part of it. Some responsiveness for localisation issues 
like with the Marathi projects is another.

When a new recognised language is to be considered for MediaWiki, the 
first thing to do is to make the appropriate language file and be able 
to distribute it.


Virgil Ierubino schreef:
> In an ideal world, what features would the ideal Wiki Software have, and
> what would it be like?
> If we can answer this question, developmental direction is made clear. It is
> easy to develop MediaWiki with view to improving it, streamlining it,
> ironing out bugs - but much more difficult to look beyond it; for the future
> of Wikimedia projects and general wiki success, new software must emerge
> that caters for the new functions required by modern wiki users.
> What functions would set MediaWiki well above all other wiki engines for
> years to come?
> What features would make it the most efficient wiki engine?
> **What would the software be like if it generated maximal wiki success?**
> To discuss this (what I find an interesting) question, I've set up a page at
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Ideal
> Obviously the answers to these questions won't necessarily be possible to
> implement; but it would be interesting to know the answers nonetheless.
> Look forward to some bright ideas :)

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