MediaWiki (Wikipedia and Beyond)

By Daniel J. Barrett

"A sturdy ebook! it is a great review of wiki enhancing and management, with tips to convenient extensions and additional on-line documentation."-Brion Vibber, leader Technical Officer, Wikimedia starting place

"This publication is stuffed with useful wisdom according to event. it isn't simply spouting a few get together line."-Rob Church, a developer of MediaWiki

MediaWiki is the world's most well liked wiki platform, the software program that runs Wikipedia and hundreds of thousands of alternative web pages. although apparently easy to exploit first and foremost look, MediaWiki has terribly robust and deep services for coping with and organizing wisdom. In company environments, MediaWiki can rework the best way groups write and collaborate.

This accomplished e-book covers MediaWiki's wealthy (and occasionally sophisticated) positive factors, assisting you turn into a wiki specialist very quickly. you will learn the way to:

  • Find your method round via potent looking out and browsing
  • Create and edit articles, different types, and person preferences
  • Use complex good points for authors, reminiscent of templates, dynamic lists, logical parser capabilities, and RSS, to prepare and preserve huge numbers of articles
  • Install and run your individual wiki, and configure its glance and behavior
  • Develop customized wiki beneficial properties, referred to as extensions, with the personal home page programming language and MySQL database

This ebook additionally presents particular assistance for growing winning company wikis. For novices who are looking to create or paintings on collaborative, community-driven web content with this platform, MediaWiki is the basic one-stop guide.

"I was once a MediaWiki beginner sooner than analyzing this publication. Now, many points of the platform that have been murky sooner than are crystal clear."-JP Vossen, writer of O'Reilly's Bash Cookbook

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Personal home page: require_once( "$IP/extensions/DynamicPageList/DynamicPageList. Hypertext Preprocessor" ); SyntaxHighlight GeSHi The SyntaxHighlight GeSHi extension (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi) monitors resource code listings with colour highlights acceptable to the syntax of the language. Itstag is far better than indenting your code listings via one house to typeset them in a field. This extension is a wrapper round GeSHi (http://qbnz. com/highlighter/), a general-purpose syntax-highlighting toolkit written in Hypertext Preprocessor, so you’ll have to set up that first. to put in SyntaxHighlight GeSHi, obtain the records into extensions/SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi, and inside of this listing, set up GeSHi right into a geshi subdirectory. Then append to LocalSettings. Hypertext Preprocessor: require_once("$IP/extensions/SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi/SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi. php"); Now, try out it via enhancing a web page and coming into (say) a few C code:int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { printf("Hello, global! "); /* exhibit a message */ exit(0); } Its syntactic components could be highlighted in numerous shades. Parser functionality extensions Template programmers will enjoy the parser capabilities supplied by way of the parser functionality extensions (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:Parser_function_extensions). those comprise: if/then/else conditionals swap statements for loops string services mathematical services variable definitions and extra. See Logical Parser features for unique examples. ExpandTemplates As you develop into extra adventurous in growing complicated templates, try out the ExpandTemplates extension (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:ExpandTemplates) as a programming and debugging reduction. It creates the precise web page “Expand templates” (Special:ExpandTemplates) that provides a window for getting into wikitext, relatively template transclusions {{like this}}. click on the post button, and you’re proven what the wikitext will appear like after templates are improved. This extension is put in within the ordinary manner: obtain the documents to extensions/ExpandTemplates, and append to LocalSettings. Hypertext Preprocessor: require_once( "$IP/extensions/ExpandTemplates/ExpandTemplates. Hypertext Preprocessor" ); net types in wiki articles a number of extensions upload the potential to embed net varieties in a wiki web page. for instance: InputBox (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:Inputbox) Produces internet sorts of a number of preset kinds, together with seek packing containers, “add a wiki web page” containers, and “add a wiki remark” bins uncomplicated kinds (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:Simple_Forms) A extra versatile extension that defines parser capabilities to supply extra personalized kinds every one of those installs simply within the average method. Extensions for directors listed below are a number of extensions that wiki directors will relish. LDAP Authentication The LDAP Authentication extension (http://www. mediawiki. org/wiki/Extension:LDAP_Authentication) integrates MediaWiki with an LDAP or lively listing server to authenticate wiki clients.

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