Native mind map support in WikkaWiki
|Original author(s)||Jason Tourtelotte|
|Developer(s)||Wikka Development Team|
|Initial release||May 29, 2004|
|Stable release||1.3.7 (May 13, 2016[±])|
|Preview release||n/a (n/a) [±]|
|License||GNU General Public License (code) and CC-BY-SA (documentation)|
WikkaWiki (often shortened as Wikka) is a free, lightweight, and standards-compliant wiki engine. Written in PHP, it uses MySQL to store pages. WikkaWiki is a fork of Wakka Wiki to which a number of new features have been added. It is designed for speed, fine-grained access control, extensibility, and security, and is released under the GNU General Public License.
In 2003, the development of Wakka Wiki came abruptly to an end, although a large community of users and contributors were still posting bugfixes, extensions, and new functions. First released in May 2004 by Jason Tourtelotte, WikkaWiki rapidly grew into a project aiming to remain faithful to Wakka's heritage of a lightweight engine with readable and accessible code. It was the first wiki engine to introduce mindmapping support allowing users to collaboratively edit mindmaps via wiki pages, a feature largely adopted by the majority of other wikis thereafter.
Compared to heavier wiki engines, which integrate several built-in functions, WikkaWiki's goal is to keep its core as small as possible while developing an architecture that supports easy extensibility through plugin modules. Wikka's backend is based on a MySQL relational database, which makes it fast, reliable and more scalable than wiki engines based on flat text storage.
The latest version 1.3.7 was released on 13 May 2016.
Among the distinctive features of this wiki engine:
- Support for different types of embedded elements:
- Advanced access control with user registration, password management, and provision for user profiles, as well as access control lists on a per-page basis.
- Administration modules to manage pages and users, including tools for bulk operations like user removal or page reversion.
- Advanced syntax highlighting using GeSHi:
- support for 68 markup/programming languages
- easily customizable output
- line numbering
- clickable markup pointers to official documentation
- on-the-fly downloading of embedded code blocks
- Several page-related features, including full revision control, comments, categories, text searching, page cloning, advanced referrer management, file uploading/downloading interface, and a GUI page editor.
- W3C compliant XHTML 1.0 transitional and CSS.
- Theme support
- CSS-defined printable view.
- Advanced tools for publishing page revisions, including:
- RSS feeds for recent modifications and page revisions (with autodiscovery)
- WikiPing client functionality, allowing page changes to be broadcast and tracked on a remote WikiPing server
- SmartTitle function, generating human- and search-engine-friendly page titles.
- A web-based wizard to install the package and to upgrade from WakkaWiki.
- A large repository of user-contributed plugins.
- A table of contents generator that creates a linked list of headings on a page, useful for navigating very long pages.
A dedicated server provides extensive documentation and tutorials, targeted at different categories of users, from the end user to the developer.
- "WikkaWiki 220.127.116.11 release notes". 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
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- Wieduwilt, Frank (December 2006). "Quickie wikis: Lightweight wikis without databases" (PDF). Linux Magazine (73): 30–33. Retrieved 2009-09-03. Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Welcome to WikkaWiki". Wikka. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
- "Wikka Documentation". Docs.wikkawiki.org.