Gergely Nagy

Dealing with strange Wikis

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Today I found myself working with a wiki that shall not be named, which only allowed formatting via its own toolbar. No markup, no edit-as-HTML, no nothing. It also had fun bugs: selecting one particular line and setting its type to "Heading 2" botched things up, and marked the next line with the same type too. Hitting undo removed all "Heading 2" markups.

Needless to say, I got bored of fighting this system really fast, so I wrote a few dozen lines of Emacs lisp that translates MarkDown to keyboard events (gotta love controlling the browser from Emacs too!). With each save, I clear the edit buffer, and re-add it from the beginning.

So far, the results are great: no misformattings, and dramatically improved edit speed.

I love my editor.

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Please name the Wiki software!

uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs at 2014-10-13T17:15:26Z

It's time for name and shame

Efraim Flashner at 2014-10-13T18:43:40Z

Not going to name the software, sorry. But it is a non-free, proprietary WiKi engine.

Gergely Nagy at 2014-10-13T18:49:58Z

I will guess that it is Confluence because it is the first proprietary wiki engine I could think of and searching for confluence wiki markup obtains which says you can type markdown in but only edit rich text.

Mike Linksvayer at 2014-10-14T03:20:56Z