From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Jeremy Ruston)
Jump to: navigation, search
Motovun Jack.svg
Screenshot of TiddlyWiki
Screenshot of TiddlyWiki
Developer(s) Jeremy Ruston and community members
Initial release 30 September 2004; 13 years ago (2004-09-30)
Stable release
5.1.15[1] / 13 November 2017; 2 months ago (2017-11-13)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Development status Active
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual, over 20 languages in TiddlyWiki 5.1.15.[2]
Type Wiki
License BSD license
Website tiddlywiki.com
A standard edit dialog on a tiddler

TiddlyWiki is an open-source single page application wiki in the form of a single HTML file that includes CSS, JavaScript, and the content. It is designed to be easy to customize and re-shape depending on application. It facilitates re-use of content by dividing it into small pieces called Tiddlers.


TiddlyWiki introduces the division of content into its "smallest, semantically meaningful, components", referred to as tiddlers. Each tiddler is stored inside an HTML division that contains the source text and meta data in wiki markup. The purpose with this division is to enable easy re-use of content for different narratives and in different contexts.

For example, this section ("Tiddlers") could be a tiddler. In the TiddlyWiki user interface it would appear as it appears here but as a separate "note" visually distinct from other tiddlers.

The underlying HTML source code (which is not what the user faces) would be something like:

<div title="Tiddlers"
    modifier="John Smith"
    tags="wikipedia section example code">
    <pre>TiddlyWiki introduces the division of...

This same "tiddler" could then be reused in other contexts in the wiki.


In addition to containing text, a tiddler can be a plugin with additional JavaScript and CSS to extend TiddlyWiki. As a result, TiddlyWiki is used in a wide variety of adaptations and uses beyond that of a personal wiki. One example is for interactive graph visualization or mind-maps with the plugin TiddlyMap.[3]

File saving[edit]

A TiddlyWiki opened from a file URI may save changes made back to the original file using one of the following techniques:


TiddlyWiki is designed for customization and to be shaped according to users' specific needs, perhaps comparable to a high-end programming language. As such, it can be shaped into a wide and arbitrary range of special applications. Examples include niche note taking applications, to-do lists, presentations, collections, authoring tools, personal databases, recipe collections, etc.

Although there are many TiddlyWiki documents on the Web[citation needed], the majority of TiddlyWikis reside on personal computers or in the cloud, or are exchanged over email, in a manner similar to word processing documents and spreadsheets. As a single HTML file, or saved as an HTA file in Microsoft Windows (allowing corporate IE lockdown to be bypassed), TiddlyWiki can be useful in corporate environments where red tape or IT resources might prevent the use of a wiki that requires a more complicated installation.[8]

TiddlyWiki has been used as a Software framework to build specialisations. SocialText uses TiddlyWiki as a part of their unplugged feature.[9]


  • The first version of TiddlyWiki was released by Jeremy Ruston in September 2004.[10]
  • BT Group bought Osmosoft in 2007[11][12] appointing Ruston as BT's "Head of Open Source Innovation".[13]
  • TiddlyWiki was selected as one of the Top 100 Tools for 2007 and 2008 by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.[14]
  • In November 2011, Jeremy Ruston announced his departure from Osmosoft and commitment to continue development on TiddlyWiki.[15][16]
  • In December 2013 TiddlyWiki5 was released. It is a total rebuild of the original TiddlyWiki, based on HTML5 and with many significant improvements from lessons learnt over the years with the original TiddlyWiki. The original TiddlyWiki has come to be called TiddlyWiki Classic.[17]


TiddlyWiki is free and open source software and is distributed under the terms of the BSD license.[18][better source needed] The copyright of TiddlyWiki is held in trust by UnaMesa, a Non-profit organization.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tiddlywiki, a non-linear personal web notebook
  2. ^ "TiddlyWiki Translations". TiddlyWiki Trac Wiki. TiddlyWiki Development team. 2004–2015. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ jperlman (2015-08-13). "TiddlyMap and TiddlyWiki - interactive graph visualization". Outliner Software. 
  4. ^ "FileSystemObject Basics". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  5. ^ "File I/O - MDN". Developer.mozilla.org. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  6. ^ Stoltz, Mitch. "Per-File Permissions". Mozilla.org. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Add-ons - simple-storage". MDN Web Docs. Mozilla.org. 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-10-20. Starting from Firefox 57, only extensions developed using WebExtensions APIs will be supported on Desktop Firefox and Firefox for Android. 
  8. ^ "Guerilla wiki". Tech Writer Wiki. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook". W3.org. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  10. ^ "TiddlyWiki a reusable non-linear personal web notebook". 
  11. ^ jermolene (May 29, 2007). "I For One Welcome My New BT Overlords". Treat with Jermolene. Archived from the original on 2011-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Telco 2.0: BT Tries To Fix Global Services with Open Source". Telco2.net. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  13. ^ "Open Source Will Change Enterprises, Says BT Guru". TechWeekEurope UK. Eweekeurope.co.uk. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  14. ^ Hart, Jane (13 August 2011). "Top Tools: Tiddlywiki". Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ "On Leaving BT and Osmosoft - TiddlyWiki | Google Groups". Groups.google.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  16. ^ Rejali, Cameron. "Jeremy Ruston to leave BT". Osmosoft. 
  17. ^ "TiddlyWiki release history". 
  18. ^ "TiddlyWiki License". 1 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. 
  19. ^ "tiddlywiki - home". Tiddlywiki.projects.unamesa.org. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

External links[edit]