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WYSIWIKI - Questioning WYSIWYG in the Internet Age

Author Christoph Sauer
Track Technical Infrastructure
License Heckert GNU.png GNU Free Documentation License (details)
About the author
Christoph Sauer is a researcher at Heilbronn University's i3G Institute where he manages the Software R&D group, including the WikiWizard Project he founded in 2004. The group's work also involves setup and maintenance of dozens of wiki installations, plugin development for JSPWiki, and teaching the wiki way to the public. Christoph Sauer worked with Audi and Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ. Before that, he worked as a database programmer with a German ERP company for several years.
There is a long standing controversial discussion on whether to keep wiki markup or to move to WYSIWYG editors. This talk explores this discussion. It presents the pros and cons of wiki markup, and shows why wiki markup is useful to keep as part of a grammar for online cooperation. It states that WYSIWYG in the internet age is not useful anymore. Still many users consider the current way of editing a wiki old fashioned and demand a modern way of editing pages. This talk shows a way out of the dilemma by defining the term WYSIWiki (What You See Is Wiki). It presents a proof of concept editor called "WikiWizard" that implements this new concept using elements of advanced markup highlighting and wizard dialogs to ease wiki editing.
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