Kii, a Rails based wiki with a sensible code base

http://kiiproject.org/

Kii is a young and open source Rails powered wiki. I started this
project for two reasons.

  1. Whenever I need a wiki, I end up using something that isn’t
    Rails based. The existing Rails based wikis has strange
    codebases, is outdated, and generally isn’t very nice to work
    with.
  2. Wiki systems tends to look like they were made in 2001. No
    AJAX, etc.

Kii sets out to fix this. The codebase is at the moment quite
sensible, and I tend to keep it that way. The preview interface
(http://kiiproject.org/Sandbox/edit) does not look like it was made in
2001, either. AJAX, wohoo!

There’s still a long way to go, and the http://kiiproject.org/Worklist
is pretty long. Accepting contributions!

August L. wrote:

http://kiiproject.org/

Kii is a young and open source Rails powered wiki.

This sounds interesting, and I’ll definitely check out – I’ve been
looking for a Rails wiki engine. But:

[…]

  1. Wiki systems tends to look like they were made in 2001. No
    AJAX, etc.

Who wants Ajax in a wiki? I can’t see how that would be a good thing.
More to the point, I can’t see how the lack of Ajax is a “problem” that
needs to be “fixed”. There are some types of site where Ajax features
are useful, but I am having trouble coming up with appropriate uses of
Ajax for a typical Wiki.

(That said, I’ll be interested to see how you’ve used Ajax in Kii.)

[…]

There’s still a long way to go, and the http://kiiproject.org/Worklist
is pretty long. Accepting contributions!

Do you want or need a MediaWiki markup parser? If so, please check out
Rookie ( http://github.com/marnen/rookie ).

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

Regarding AJAX: Take a look at the preview tabs on e.g.
http://kiiproject.org/Sandbox/edit. Make some changes and click the
preview tab. A lot easier to use than the conventional full resubmit
with article on top, form on bottom, á la wikipedia.

On Jul 18, 10:28 pm, Marnen Laibow-Koser <rails-mailing-l…@andreas-

Regarding rookie, the MediaWiki markup parser: That looks very
interesting. I’m currently using http://wikitext.rubyforge.org, but it
has a bunch of limitations. And since it’s written in C, there’s
nothing I can do about it, because of my low C fu.

One of the problems I’m having with wikitext is adding my own syntax
to it. Can’t touch the C as mentioned. Can’t preprocess before sending
it to wikitext, because of wikitext’s HTML stripping. Can’t post
process it either, because the markup has been lost (newlines and
such, for instance) when passing it through wikitext.

There are a few things that I can see is missing in rookie, though,
such as and [[page links]]. Another interesting feature of
wikitext is to set the base level of the headings, so that = Foo =
is a

tag instead of a

tag, for instance, which is useful if
your main page title is a

and you want to avoid multiple


tags on a page.

Do you plan to continue hacking on rookie, or has the project stalled?

On Jul 18, 10:28 pm, Marnen Laibow-Koser <rails-mailing-l…@andreas-

[Sorry about the slow response. I just noticed your post.]

August L. wrote:

Regarding rookie, the MediaWiki markup parser: That looks very
interesting.
[…]
There are a few things that I can see is missing in rookie, though,
such as and [[page links]].

Yes, the project is definitely in an early phase of development.
Double-bracket link syntax is probably the next feature.

Another interesting feature of
wikitext is to set the base level of the headings, so that = Foo =
is a

tag instead of a

tag, for instance, which is useful if
your main page title is a

and you want to avoid multiple


tags on a page.

I don’t think this is the job of the parser, but I’ll consider adding it
as an option.

Do you plan to continue hacking on rookie, or has the project stalled?

Yes and yes. :slight_smile: More is coming, and I’ll try to raise Rookie’s priority
now that I know that you’re actually interested. In the meantime, I’d
welcome contributions if you’re so inclined!

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

August L. wrote:

Regarding AJAX: Take a look at the preview tabs on e.g.
http://kiiproject.org/Sandbox/edit. Make some changes and click the
preview tab. A lot easier to use than the conventional full resubmit
with article on top, form on bottom, � la wikipedia.

Ah, yes. I’ve used other wikis with Ajax preview – that’s often very
useful indeed. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me earlier.

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

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