<<O>>  Difference Topic TWikiTopics (r1.18 - 02 Mar 2006 - DmitryNPopov?)

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TWiki Topics

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  • name
    • instantly identify what the topic is about
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    • link to it from other topics just by typing it in it's WikiWord
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    • link to it from other topics just by typing it in it"s WikiWord

  • content
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    • edited by simply clicking the #PageBottomedit link

    • enter plain text, leaving a blank space between paragraphs like email (all you need)
    • enter simple TWiki shorthand to represent complex HTML and special TWiki tags
    • enter HTML if you are familiar with it
    • include links to other topics, URLs, Web sites, files, images, sounds, or anything else you can put on a regular Web page
    • handy pop-up quick reference
    • do all of this through whatever web browser you are familiar with
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  • TWikiAccessControlaccess? control

    • independently determine who can see, edit, rename, move or delete topics
    • set permissions by individual users and user groups
    • over-ride topic, TWiki web or site
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    • displays any previous version as a regular Web page or as raw topic text
  • TWiki web
    • a TWiki organizational unit to which the topic belongs
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    • relevant when searching for a topic, referencing it or typing in it's URL
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    • relevant when searching for a topic, referencing it or typing in it"s URL

  • meta-data
    • hidden contextual data stored within each topic.
    • parents
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Features that can be used by topics and sites include:

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  • TWiki Skins to customize the look of headers and footers when topics are converted to Web pages for display:
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  • TWikiSkinsTWiki? Skins to customize the look of headers and footers when topics are converted to Web pages for display:

    • default and user selectable per session
    • fully configurable look and feel
    • apply skins across an entire TWiki web, or to a single displayed page
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  • variables
    • similar to a command line context with site wide and locally defined variables
    • over-ride topic, TWiki web or site
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  • TWikiFormsforms?

    • store database-style info alongside the free-form topic content
    • accesses meta-data
    • use text fields and boxes, radio buttons, pulldown selector menus, checkboxes
    • create your own forms to tag topics to later search, sort and display
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  • #RenamingTopicsrenaming, moving, and deleting

    • rename a topic and automatically update all of the links to it, site-wide
    • move a topic from one TWiki web to another
    • safely delete a topic to a special Trash web (invisible, but recoverable from the Web server if necessary)
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    • Click Preview Changes to see how your edit looks.
    • Click Save Changes to save.
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  • To add a new topic: the simplest way is to type a new WikiName in an existing topic, while you're in edit mode. When the topic is saved, the new name will appear highlighted, with a ? at the end: click the ? and a new edit window appears. Enter, preview and save as usual. The new topic now exists.
    • Go back to the topic where you started, and you'll see the ? has disappeared, and your WikiWord name is now a regular link. Type it anywhere on any topic in that web, and it will be turned into a link.
    • HELP One little links rule: each topic, and its WikiWord link, belong to one unique web only. To link between webs, you must first enter the topic's web name.
      Example: This is TWikiTopics, in the TWiki web, so that's all you need to type on any topic in this web. But to link to TWikiTopics from a topic in the Main web, you have to type TWiki.TWikiTopics - Webname.TopicName. It's easy.
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  • To add a new topic: the simplest way is to type a new WikiName in an existing topic, while you"re in edit mode. When the topic is saved, the new name will appear highlighted, with a ? at the end: click the ? and a new edit window appears. Enter, preview and save as usual. The new topic now exists.
    • Go back to the topic where you started, and you"ll see the ? has disappeared, and your WikiWord name is now a regular link. Type it anywhere on any topic in that web, and it will be turned into a link.
    • HELP One little links rule: each topic, and its WikiWord link, belong to one unique web only. To link between webs, you must first enter the topic"s web name.
      Example: This is TWikiTopics, in the TWiki web, so that"s all you need to type on any topic in this web. But to link to TWikiTopics from a topic in the Main web, you have to type TWiki.TWikiTopics - Webname.TopicName. It"s easy.

Another way to add a topic is to type a new topic name in the Go box or an unknown topic URL. You can type in either a WikiName to create the topic in the current web or Web.TopicName to create a topic in a different web than the current page. Topics created with the Go box or URLs do not have parent meta-data defined.

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  • r1.3 | > | r1.2 (ex) - view most recent revision and changes
  • [More] - opens up a new screen containing additional controls
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It looks complicated, but the basics you need to begin with are very simple to use. The flexible and optional features are ready when you care to learn about them - the only way to confuse yourself or your site set-up and users is by using features you really don't need. Unlike the usual expensive, complex collaboration and project management packages, TWiki is fully functional and effective just by typing in text and making WikiWord links. All the additional features are there, but only if you need them!
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It looks complicated, but the basics you need to begin with are very simple to use. The flexible and optional features are ready when you care to learn about them - the only way to confuse yourself or your site set-up and users is by using features you really don"t need. Unlike the usual expensive, complex collaboration and project management packages, TWiki is fully functional and effective just by typing in text and making WikiWord links. All the additional features are there, but only if you need them!

  • Some controls are self-explanatory and also include instructions and help links.
  • Experiment. You can always Cancel an edit or (using revision control) go Back whenever you like.
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  • Get in-depth info from the complete documentation, including the User's Guide, Configuration Manual and TWiki Reference.
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  • Get in-depth info from the WebHomecomplete? documentation, including the User"s Guide, Configuration Manual and TWiki Reference.

Renaming, moving or deleting topics

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  1. Go to the top you want to change, click More > Rename/move
  2. To move or delete: select the target web (Trash to delete)from the pull-down menu (otherwise, leave on the current web)
  3. To rename: fill in a new WikiName (otherwise, leave the current topic name)
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  1. To update links: From the list of topics that show links to the topic you're changing, uncheck each entry you DON'T want to update - only checked links will be updated;
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  1. To update links: From the list of topics that show links to the topic you"re changing, uncheck each entry you DON"T want to update - only checked links will be updated;

  1. Click Rename/move: the topic is renamed and/or moved, and the checked links to the topic are updated.
    • Any problems are listed - take note, and you can fix them later.
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    • If a linked topic can't be updated (it may be locked because someone's editing it), an alert will appear. You can update missed topics later by again pressing Rename/move.
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    • If a linked topic can"t be updated (it may be locked because someone"s editing it), an alert will appear. You can update missed topics later by again pressing Rename/move.

HELP Deleting means moving a topic to the Trash web. Since all webs share the one Trash, name conflicts may come up.

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  1. In the Diffs view, take note of what version of the topic you want to reclaim and then return to View.
  2. Select More in the topic commands.
  3. Under "View previous topic revision," enter the version number you want to reclaim and check "raw text format." Then click on "View revision."
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  1. Select either the portion of that version you want to reclaim or the entire text of the topic if you want to revert completely to that version. Select Copy under your browser's Edit menu.
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  1. Select either the portion of that version you want to reclaim or the entire text of the topic if you want to revert completely to that version. Select Copy under your browser"s Edit menu.

  1. Return to the most recent version of the topic and select Edit from the topic commands.
  2. Either paste in the portion of the topic you wish to reclaimed or replace the entire text with the text you copied from the earlier version.
  3. Preview and save the topic.
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See: ManagingTopics for more details.
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See: TWikiDocumentation#Managing_TopicsManagingTopics for more details.

-- TWiki:MikeMannix - 22 May 2002
-- TWiki:Main.GrantBow - 17 Jan 2003

Revision r1.17 - 16 Aug 2004 - 05:06 - PeterThoeny
Revision r1.18 - 02 Mar 2006 - 13:39 - DmitryNPopov?