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As part of the discussion about the future of JSPWiki (compare Visions) an argument may be made that JSPWiki could excel for small focused project Wiki webs. This idea quickly leads to MultipleWikis installed, each focussed on a relatively narrow topic.

However, although current JSPWiki supports somewhat installing multiple Wikis on a single server, adding a new Wiki web is a tedious and time-consuming processing (compare e.g. MultiWiki_Apache2Tomcat55_JSPWiki2_2_28_Discussion). Much information must be redundantly defined in the property files for each Wiki, making it likely that some installations break when changes on the server are made. Furthermore, a number of, in my view essential features of a true "multi-wiki" are not available:

  • No search across Wiki webs.
  • Wiki webs are not automatically available as Interwiki links; they must be separately set in the property file for each wiki.
  • When a page is renamed, references in other Wiki webs are not automatically updated.
  • Topics/pages can not be moved from one Wiki web to another. Such a moving method is essentially a page rename across Wiki web boundaries. It is an important refactoring feature when running related webs, each of which should remain focussed.
    • (Note that a "rename-across" feature also works wonders in regard to the age old page or attachment deletion problem. Similar to TWiki one could define one web as Trash, and rather than providing a true deletion function, let users move any page (including the entire history and attachments) to the Trash web. If the deletion was an abuse, it is a simple operation to move pages back to where they belong, without loosing anything. Trash itself could, from time to time, be purged by administrators.

Essentially a multi-wiki in the sense outlined above is a web of focussed wikis, which in its entirety acts as a Wiki. This is why, following the example of TWiki the individual Wiki parts may be called "Wiki webs".

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« This particular version was published on 06-Oct-2005 11:36 by GregorHagedorn.