Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration 9.1.2004

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A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.

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Personal Wiki - Thinking about Attachments

I've recently moved my laptop to XP from Win2K and am having some time to rethink my use of a personal Wiki for my personal information management tool. So far I am exceptionally happy with how the wiki has worked out. One thing that has fallen by the wayside though, are attachments.

I can do attachments in the wiki, but it is timeconsuming and things get stored in multiple locations which is not helpful for information organization.

I am going to try two different ways of solving this problem. First, I am going to look at extending the wiki tool (MoinMoin) so that it can 'autoattach' files from the file system. The idea is bulk attachments are grabbed automatically whenever a topic is edited. This may take the form of a wrapper around the EditMoin tool that lets me use my editor of choice for editing a topic.

The other idea is to refer to the attachments not as actual attachments, but rather to have the filesystem location where I author these things be a local website that I can create links to automatically, or even better, have the directory structure in a format so that a link could be templated into a page to go to the page where the pseudo attachments live.

My basic goal is to have the wiki attachments self organize or self-discover. This will make using it as a PIM / Information Browser tool even better.

Not sure if any of this makes sense. Stay tuned. More information as I try out the options.

posted at 00:40:16    #
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