[pmwiki-users] Using PmWiki for authoring a book

Tom Backer Johnsen backer at psych.uib.no
Thu Aug 24 07:00:17 CDT 2006

Ian Barton wrote:
>> Some colleagues and I ara planning a textbook, and one of the ideas 
>> that came up was to use a wiki to collaborate on the text.  Does 
>> anybody have experience in this direction?
>> I have downloaded PmWiki and have just started looking at it.  With my 
>> very limited experience with the subject I am wondering how to set it 
>> up.  At least part of the project would have to be at least password 
>> protected against unwanted editing, perhaps invisible to other that 
>> the authors as well.
>> Any suggestions as to how to set the thing up?
> Wikis in general are ideal for collaborative text editing. Since all 
> revisions are preserved people can go ahead an alter stuff, without 
> worrying about potentially losing anything. It's also easy to compare 
> edits side by side.
> You might want to consider dividing the text into sections according to 
> who can edit/view it. You can then assign each section to a wiki Group, 
> which can have appropriate edit/view permissions.
> You can assign permissions on a per page, or per wiki group basis. So 
> just about any combination of edit/view permissions is possible. 
> However, you need to think about exactly what you want to achieve before 
> you start.

I have already been looking into the group idea without really 
grasping the details.  As long as I can restrict access to a group to 
a small group of persons (the authors) and permit editing inside to 
the same persons, it should be what I need.


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