Thursday, March 5, 2009

Singing the praises of DekiWiki

I've been a devotee of MediaWiki for some time, now, and I still have a soft spot in my heart for it. Having said that, however, I've become a real fan of DekiWiki. It's a very full-featured wiki with a ton of extensibility. And the best part: it's released in a community-supported edition, so it's available to everyone without cost. There is a lot that can be said for DekiWiki, and the truth is that I'm too lazy to run through it all. Suffice it to say that it has a ton of features, including extensions, a very flexible scripting language, and--for many the Holy Grail--a very robust ACL system, by which permissions can be set on the individual page level. Here's another bonus: they provide a feature by which MediaWiki installations can be converted to Deki. And I can attest to this: the conversion works well. The commercially-licensed version, to which I suspect we'll move in the near future (I'll post our experience), has a suite of additional features, including a desktop-based toolset that allows for publishing from Outlook and Word, as well as drag-and-drop functionality for organizing the articles. Installation instructions for the GPL'd edition can be found at the MindTouch Deki site. I'll leave it with this: the developers are very active on the MindTouch developer site, very quickly--and thoroughly--addressing problems you might run into. They're a most helpful bunch.

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