As we start planning for future releases of IBM Connections, we wanted to understand how users, for example, are using Wikis to ensure that we are investing in the right areas. Just like it doesn't make sense to invest in Internet Explorer 6 these days, we want to know how users are leveraging the editors in the Wikis component of IBM Connections.
Currently, we support 3 editors in Wikis: Rich Text Editor, HTML Editor, and Wiki Text Editor. The three approaches to editing content are very different from each other and conflict at a fundamental level. Rich text editing and HTML editing gives users free control over their styling and formatting whereas wiki text is specifically designed to restrict this freedom in preference for consistent document semantics. Since Wikis allows one page to be edited in three different formats, a conversion process must take place. Converting from wiki text to rich text is relatively easy since wiki text is much less expressive than rich text (HTML). Converting from rich text to wiki text is a very different problem. A lot of content can be expressed in HTML that cannot be expressed in wiki text.
Wikis currently allows for lossless conversion from rich text to wiki text by escaping anything that cannot be converted and leaving it in a HTML form, embedded within the wiki text. A caveat of this is that the wiki text content becomes less useful as more HTML is escaped within it. The task of maintaining this wiki conversion is very expensive and difficult and we would like to spend the development time on nicer new features ;-)
We'd like to know what you think and how the community is using wiki text in IBM Connections Wikis right now. And while we are at it, it would be good to know what would be your top feature request for Wikis.
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