This page explains the differences between MediaWiki (Wikipedia, Wikiquote, etc.) and this JSP Wiki.


!!!Article names
JspWiki exclusively accepts letters and digits in article names. Instead of spaces it uses CamelCase, which means that every word starts with capitals.

!!!Lacking features
The following features of MediaWiki are not included by default in JSPWiki:
* categories
* talk pages
* the watchlist
* indentations invoked by colons
* signatures invoked by tildes

The following features of JSPWiki are very similar or equal to MediaWiki:
* lists can be made with asterisks *
* numbered lists can be made with number signs #
* {{{----}}} makes a horizontal ruler
* {{{;term:def}}} defines 'term' with 'def'

!!Example for a definition
;wiki:type of website that allows users to add and edit content easily and is especially suited for collaborative writing


|| Description || MediaWiki || JSPWiki || Effect
| common internal link | {{{ [[Article]] }}} | {{{ [Article] }}} | [Article]
| internal link with different text | {{{ [[Article|text]] }}} | {{{ [text|Article] }}} | [text|Article]
| internal link with anchor\\(every headline is an anchor) | {{{ [[Article#See also]] }}} | {{{ [Article#See also] }}} | [Article#See also]
| external link | {{{}}} | {{{ [] }}} | []
| external link with different text | {{{ [ Google] }}} | {{{ [Google|] }}} | [Google|]
| external link without name | {{{ [] }}} | no idea | (cannot be displayed)
| interwiki link \\(interwikis need to be defined)| {{{ [[Wiktionary:Hello]] }}} | {{{ [Wikipedia:Hello] }}} | [Wikipedia:WikiWikiWeb]

!!Available interwikis in this wiki

!!See also
*[MediaWiki's interwikis|]


|| [MediaWiki|] || JspWiki || html
| =Mega heading=\\(should not be used) | (impossible) | {{{<h1>Mega heading</h1>}}}
| ==Normal heading== | !!!Normal heading | {{{<h2>Normal heading</h2>}}}
| ===Sub heading=== | !!Sub heading | {{{<h3>Sub heading</h3>}}}
| ====Subsub heading==== | !Subsub heading | {{{<h4>Subsub heading</h4>}}}
| ===== heading h5 ===== | (impossible) | {{{<h5>Subsub heading</h5>}}}
| ====== heading h6 ====== | (impossible) | {{{<h6>Subsub heading</h6>}}}

!!!Basic Text Formatting

|| Description || MediaWiki || JSPWiki || html || Effect
| italics | {{{''text''}}} | {{{''text''}}} | {{{<i>text</i>}}} | ''text''
| bold | {{{'''text'''}}} | {{{__text__}}} | {{{<b>text</b>}}} | __text__
| bold & italics | {{{'''''text'''''}}} | {{{''__text__''}}} | {{{<i><b>text</b></i>}}} | ''__text__''

!!!Advanced Text Formatting

The following are unique to __JSP wiki__ and must be implemented using HTML in __Media Wiki__:

||Description || Syntax || html
|makes text in {{monospaced}} font | {{{ {{text}} }}} | {{{<tt>text</tt>}}}
|forces line break | {{{\\}}} | {{{<br>}}}

!!!Preformatted code
In order to prevent lines from being formatted by the browser and wiki code from being translated into html you can use preformatted texts (html: <pre>text</pre>).

In WikiMedia you can use html or write a space at the start of a line to make the line preformatted. In JSPWiki you use triple {'s to open, and triple }'s to close.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"

If you only print a single preformatted line, what is in between the triple {'s and }'s is {{{monospaced}}}. This can be used to prevent wiki code from being transformed.

!!!Redirecting Pages
In __Media Wiki__
#REDIRECT [[Redirect to this page]]


In __JSP Wiki__
[{SET alias=MigratingFromMediaWiki}]

In __JSP Wiki__ you can do simple tables by using pipe signs ('|').  Use double pipe
signs to start the heading of a table, and single pipe signs to then
write the rows of the table.  End with a line that is not a table.

For example:

|| Heading 1 || Heading 2
| ''Gobble'' | Bar \\ foo
| [Main]     | [SandBox]

gives you the following table.  Note how you can also use links inside tables.

|| Heading 1 || Heading 2
| ''Gobble'' | Bar \\ foo
| [Main]     | [SandBox]

In __Media Wiki__ tables are much more complicated.  See [Help:Table|] for details.

There's a different conception of the two names: In MediaWiki, a template is a special page containing normal wiki code which can be inserted into an article, e.g. writing {{{ {{stub}} }}} inserts the code from 'Template:Stub'.
In JSPWiki, a template is a set of files which determine the look & feel of the Wiki and has nothing in common with MediaWiki's templates. However, JSPWiki has plugins (java programs that can be inserted into the wiki code) which are very similar to MediaWiki's templates.

Note: In MediaWiki anyone can create templates, yet only those with access to JSPWiki's installation directory can add/remove plugins.

|| Description || MediaWiki's templates || JSPWiki's plugins
| Call | {{{ {{name}} }}} | {{{ [{name}] }}}
| Call with parameters | {{{ {{name|param1=value1|param2=value no2}} }}} | {{{ [{name param1=value1 param2='value no2'}] }}}

In this case, MediaWiki requires a page named ''Template:name'' and JSPWiki requires a java class (derived from ''WikiPlugin'') named ''name'' in it's class directory.


Is there a tool that will import content from mediawiki to jspwiki?

--[MLite|], 26-Sep-2006


I made a simple importer, the code is pasted at []. It uses regex rather than formats such as xml, so it simple but perhaps doesn't have as many versioning issues. It doesn't handle all markup, just link and headers, and you may encounter some issues with the way jspwiki handles page names. Good luck!

--AnonymousCoward, 29-Jan-2007