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For quick information:
A wiki is a website where users can create and edit pages very easily. This means that is 10-20 times cheaper to create and update wiki pages than normal web pages. Sometimes wiki is called http://nas-server.org/
Invite people to an open wiki and you get an OnlineCommunity. A closed, private wiki gives you an "personal information system" that you can access from any place in the world. Use a wiki to teach in a classroom or to manage a project. There are dozens of interesting WikiApplications. Users just open their favourite web browser and start to use the wiki. There is no download of special software. Users don't have to spend money. Wiki is fun.
The first wiki site was created by Ward Cunningham in 1995. He invented the software concept, used it to found the Portland Pattern Repository online community, and he named the system WikiWikiWeb ("wiki wiki" means "very quick" in the Hawaiian language).
The wiki became very popular and a lot of people wrote similar software and created sites and online communities for various topics. The wiki idea began to spread. Now there are thousands of wikis containing millions of pages.
WikiService was started in early 2001 to support wiki projects and became a high-quality wiki provider. We concentrated on the German countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and made WikiService and ProWiki #1 in the German wiki community market. In 2006 we went OpenSource and now also offer our services to English and international users.
The fundamental wiki features are:
There are many ways to use a wiki. Some typical WikiApplications are:
Each Option that is used to configure a ProWiki is inherited by the child pages and may be redefined on any level and for any number of levels of the PageHierarchy:
Imagine the colors signifying access rights, layouts or user interface languages.
See: WikiFractality, OptionScope and WikiContextuality.
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