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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 22, 2012 at 08:20 AM


Steve, Lucas, thanks for the suggestions.

I see that the CREATED and MODIFIED parameters should cover most of the uses I have in mind, but I can see a good reason for using the manual date stamping too: when one is reconstructing a series of events, e.g. for a biography or legal case, the current date is irrelevant. Manual date stamping provides a way to look at the material in an arbitrary chronological order.


Posted by JBfrom
Mar 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM


The ability to do basic text formatting and linking without typing markup was what impressed me most.

It’s possible many other programs do this and I simply screwed up my software review, maybe by focusing on web apps.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM


It appears indeed that several other wikis have this ‘toolbar’ feature http://www.wikimatrix.org/wiki/feature:Toolbar as a search in Wikimatrix shows http://www.wikimatrix.org/search.php?sid=4119

I had not noticed or given any thought to this, but indeed it is very useful, especially when one is trying to get others in a team to give a wiki a try. The learning curve with markup can be substantial, delaying the actual use of the wiki for getting work done.

In my case, I am probably leaning towards one of the ‘classic’ wiki solutions, in particular Dokuwiki which keeps data in plain text files, for the usual reason: my need to collaborate with others.


Posted by JBfrom
Mar 23, 2012 at 04:18 AM


Thanks Alex for that epically useful link.

Looking at the CT wikimatrix page, I’m feeling pretty good about my decision, particularly its recognition of some HTML tags, which I hope will enable copy pasting from the Wordpress editor pane.


Posted by JBfrom
Apr 2, 2012 at 03:56 AM


Dr Andus wrote:
While I like this function in both, I find that their organisational logics have some psychological effects. Because Scrivener?s tree hierarchy is constantly in your face, it exerts some pressure on you to have to keep the entire structure and the hierarchical relationships constantly in mind. And naturally as the content changes, the hierarchy might become irrelevant, in which case it demands to be looked at. CT?s wiki logic in this sense is more easy-going, because by packing away a document it is sunk into an invisible depth, from where it can be recalled, however the overall structure doesn?t become a constant, nagging thing. So in this sense I can see how writing in CT can be a liberating experience.

Yep, exactly! Wikis beat outlines for longform text that requires coherent organization and extends beyond a few (maybe 10) pages.


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