[Pmwiki-users] Re: %class=something% (was Re: Extending ...)
Wed Mar 3 04:27:34 CST 2004
On Mar 2, 2004, at 8:26 PM, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> Just as a reminder to the group (since I haven't had occasion to say
> it in a long while), the phrase "this markup would only be used by
> advanced users" often translates into "this markup ensures that only
> advanced users will be able use our system."
> Someone who knows and understands advanced markups has a choice
> whether to use it. But someone who doesn't understand the advanced
> markup is out of luck when he/she tries to edit a page containing
> advanced markup written by someone else. These latter folks will
> often simply get frustrated and decline to participate.
I just reread PmWikiPhilosophy, which attracted me to PmWiki
originally. Maybe it's time to consider a PmWikiPro version for
advanced markup while keeping PmWiki simple. I find my users cannot
handle even the simplest markup and just insert the cursor and type
away. For them even a PmWikiLite might be too much. If they encounter
anything more than just the text in the edit box, they are lost.
For example, in one instance, I assigned different colors to editors
initials to facilitate a dialog. It works well but training editors to
use it was harder than I would have imagined.
Whenever I use a bit of fancy markup in one of our dialogs, it gets
broken at the first edit. My audience just won't let me show off :-(
I do use PmWiki to build static pages and there I really appreciate the
extensive markup, but it sure doesn't work on my collaborative pages.
Maybe I need a new bunch of collaborators ;-)
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