[Foundation-l] The Ideal Wiki Software

Husky huskyr at gmail.com
Tue Jan 23 14:32:11 UTC 2007

Many of these have already been mentioned, but just to sum it up:

* Better search functionality (esp. with images, some kind of gallery view),
maybe on the basis of tagging or category keywords.
* A more user-friendly editing interface. This might need some serious
interaction models to avoid a WYSIWYG interface that doesn't quite work.
Having a nifty AJAX editing interface might be pretty cool, but it will
probably need some serious work to make it as responsive as Writely / Google
Docs. However, it could really enable less tech-savvy people to write more
and better formatted texts.
* A simpler system for templates/themes. Maybe not necessary for
Wikimedia-related projects (because they are all using Monobook anyway), but
for customization of other users a template system such as in Wordpress (
www.wordpress.org) would be handy.

-- Hay Kranen / [[User:Husky]]

On 1/23/07, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laugher at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 23/01/07, Titoxd at Wikimedia <titoxd.wikimedia at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Speaking from the technical side, there is a hurdle with the "vastly
> > improved searches" that are requested, at least on one aspect.
> Retrieving the results is one thing. Improving how they are displayed
> is something that could be improved on too. For example we lack a
> gallery-based search. (Special:Newimages only searches on image
> titles. The functionality is there, so why not extend it to image
> descriptions?)
> > As for categories: date of page creation is not stored in the tables
> right
> > now; that would be ideally something for the page table. The time a page
> > included in a category is already stored (or at least, there is room for
> > it), so that may be easier to do in the future. Dynamic sort tables have
> > issues with older browsers, but maybe a sortby can be done by the server
> as
> > well. These things do require a considerable amount of coding and
> testing,
> > though.
> Well, that's why it's my vision, and not my requests for next week. ;)
> cheers,
> Brianna
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