Welcome, TWikiGuest!

You have reached a TWikiSite (pronounced twee-kee site). TWiki is a meeting place where people collaborate on common interests. Anyone can contribute using a regular Web browser. TWiki looks like a normal Web site, but it allows (and encourages) everyone to freely edit the pages by contributing questions, answers, comments, changes - ideas can be transformed into published input, instantly. TWiki is very simple to learn and use, and provides possibly the most powerful way to exchange and develop ideas online, in an open, uncomplicated environment.

How TWiki Works

  1. Read: You can treat this site like any other. Browse, and follow interesting links. A couple of hints:
    • web: A TWikiSite is divided into webs; each one represents one subject, one area of collaboration. You can reach any web from the links in the upper right corner of every page.
    • topic: Each web is made up of hyperlinked topics - TWikiTopics that appear in your browser.
    • What's new: Visit WebChanges in any TWiki web to see what other people are discussing and what's been added most recently.
  2. Create an Account: To be able to write new content on this site, you'll need to create an account for yourself. It's simple, and only takes a minute: just visit TWikiRegistration and fill out the form. This will also create your personal home page.
  3. Write: If you have something to say, speak your mind! Anyone can change or add to anything they see written in a TWiki topic. You can edit a topic from within your browser, using TWikiShorthand, a very simple markup language (you can also use HTML if you like, but you'll usually find you can get the same results more easily with TWikiShorthand). To contribute:
    • click the Edit link at the bottom of the page, edit the text, and then
    • click the [ Preview Changes ] button at the bottom of the page to see what your topic will look like (use your brower's Back button if you want to make changes), and finally
    • click the [ Save Changes ] to save what you did.
  4. Do you find this...scary?! Anybody can do anything! That's not how things are usually done. It's...uncontrollable. And yet, collaborating in the Wiki way works! Try it out for even a couple of minutes. Take a look at WikiCulture. (And then, with TWiki, you can define fine-grained TWikiAccessControl, based on users and groups, whenever and wherever you feel its necessary, across a site, a web, or page by page, if you like. And there's also full revision control that retains all changes, for good measure!)
  5. Experiment: To get your virtual hands dirty, visit Sandbox web, where you can try out anything at all, in a consequence-free environment!
  6. Create a link: To link to another topic, start by editing an existing topic.
    • To create a link to a topic that already exists, type its JoinCapitalizedWords name (topics are automatically linked if they are WikiWords, names composed of two or more words with initial capitals, run together).
    • To create a link to a page that does not yet exist, make up and enter a NeverBeforeUsedPhrase. You are encouraged to include WikiWords in your content, for others to fill out later.
    • When you've saved the topic, and redisplayed it, the references to existing topics will be linked and the references to topics that don't exist will be followed by a linked "?" (question mark).
  7. Create a topic:
    • To write something up for a new topic, click on the "?" (question mark) that follows a WikiWord.
    • To create a free-floating topic - a topic that is not linked from anywhere - type its WikiWord in the entry field at the top of any page. If the topic already exists you'll then be taken to it. If it doesn't exist, you'll then have the option to create it.
  8. See the history of a topic: Click the Diffs link on the control strip at the bottom of every page to see a complete history of edits for that topic.
  9. Attach files: Use your browser to upload and attach any type of file to a topic using the Attach link at the bottom of the page.
  10. Organize: Use TWikiForms to include specific information with individual topics - for example, classify pages by subject, status, or date.
  11. Learn more: TWikiTutorial takes you on a 20-minute tour of the TWiki essentials. WikiReferences links to selected articles and books about online collaboration, and Wiki technology in particular.

Main Features of TWiki

  • Create and edit pages, and use all other features, through any Web browser.
  • Web pages are automatically linked. You do not need to learn HTML commands to link pages.
  • Very simple text formatting. Basically, you write a page the same way you would write an email.
  • Fast, full-text search with or without regular expressions.
  • All changes to pages and attachments are under revision control. Find out who changed what and when.
  • Fine-grained access control based on users and groups.
  • Automatic email notification when pages change.
  • File attachments: Upload and download any file as an attachment to a page, using your browser. This is similar to email file attachments, but it happens on web pages.
  • Topic locking: Users are warned if a page is being edited by another person, to avoid simultaneous page editing.
  • Templates and skins: Customize every possible aspect of the look and feel of each TWiki installation, down to the individual page level.
  • Plugins: A growing collection of plugins allows you to easily add optional extended functions, or to create your own.
  • Support: An active, helpful development community keeps TWiki support and development constantly moving forward.
  • Read more about the TWiki at http://TWiki.org/ .

Starting Points in the URCS TWiki web

  • TWikiTutorial: Familiarize yourself with TWiki before you start editing content.
  • WebHome: Entry point for this web.
  • TWikiSite: Explains what a TWiki site is.
  • GoodStyle: Things to consider when changing text.
  • WikiSyntax: Easy to learn rules for editing text.
  • WebChanges: Newest topic changes in the TWiki web.
  • TWikiRegistration: Sign up so you can use edit and other features.

Web Description Links
URCS home where users and groups are located
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TWiki documentation, welcome guest and user registration
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Sandbox web to experiment in an unrestricted hands-on area
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TIP Webs are color-coded for identification and reference. Contact webmaster@cs.rochester.edu if you need a workspace web for your team.

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