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Topic # 106233 19-Jul-2012 22:33
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Hi all,

Im just wondering if anyone can recommend a way to easily make something similar to a wiki page (that has hyperlinks and a contents and easy redirects etc) that is able to hosted online somewhere, edited by multiple people on multiple platforms, but also be able to put on an external drive and opened on anyone's computer? (some sort of automatic updating would obviously help here, but as long as a master was available somewhere, it's not too essential).

I have a decent knowledge of HTML (but that's it) and realise I could probably use google docs to do this, but just wondering if there might be an easier way.

Perhaps if I explain myself better:

I am wanting to write a business plan, with three other people. We are three of us using Mac, one using windows. 
I would like to be able to collaborate on this document with all of us, at any time.
I would ideally like to be able to see who has edited what and when, but it's not a deal breaker.
Two of us aren't especially computer literate, so being able to link to other parts of the document, and navigate, edit, and use easily would be a bonus.
Having a "contents/menu" like Wikipedia that a user can use to quickly navigate to other parts in the document would be ideal.
It would be nice if I could then put the document on to a flash drive and be able to open it on any computer as if it was a wiki using something fairly generic (word, safari etc).
Being able to present this business plan in this sort of format is really the reason I am wanting to do it this way. 

Is there some easy program like this that I just have overlooked? Or should I just harden up and use my HTML skills within word / google docs?

(edit: basic spelling mistakes)

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 658793 19-Jul-2012 23:59
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What about Google Docs? Seems a simple option for what you want, doesn't quite tick all the boxes but for the effort you'd need to put in to get it set up, it might be an option? You can use it offline too.


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  Reply # 658847 20-Jul-2012 08:08
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MediaWiki is used by Wikipedia. Private hosting is available for Mediawiki.

Google Docs introduced a table of contents just recently. Chrome is best for that.

You can also look at Google Sites. It was originally designed (JotSpot) as a collaboration tool. In reality - editing and content creation is flaky and unreliable compared to the simplicity of mediawiki.



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  Reply # 658853 20-Jul-2012 08:22
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I missed the offline part. TiddlyWiki is definitely worth a look but there are some warnings.

There is a lock plugin for multiple users, I haven't used it.

If you want to make changes offline and then merge, there is no built in mechanism for that.

Tiddlywiki is not suitable for all browsers without configuration changes.

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  Reply # 658916 20-Jul-2012 09:56
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Thanks for all those ideas, I had a look at tiddlywiki, but as you pointed out there were a few things I didn't like about it and was keen to hear if others endorsed it or not.

I did not realise that google docs had introduced a table of contents (not that that was a deal breaker) , I'll look at that more today and see if it really is the most suitable thing. I guess having each of us manually insert who edited what and when may be the only way to get that feature.

Oddly, we actually did use google wave for a very similar thing a years ago...

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  Reply # 658922 20-Jul-2012 10:07
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I recall some time ago locating a version of Dokuwiki that could run from a USB stick. The package came with a runtime PHP environment based on a reduced apache file set that ran on a Windows platform. This gave you a Dokuwiki environment on a USB stick that could be updated locally. I am not sure how any changes were integrated back into the 'main" wiki site though.

Edit: One advantage with Dokuwiki is that it is based on simple TXT pages rather than a MySQL database, so incorporating new pages back into the main site is easy enough.

Search for DokuWikiStick.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 659069 20-Jul-2012 13:42
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You could try MoinMoin, which if you can get past the name, was a useful tool I used for a while to track tasks and information in a format that others could access via http.  It was quite handy to just type a camel-case title while creating a document, then jump to each of the references later to create their content.

This can be run in a stand alone desktop setup or hosted on a web service.  This can also be run from a portable drive.  It stores its content in flat files so it is not dependent on a database.

Not sure how Windows-friendly the installers our currently, there usedta be some support in the community.

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