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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

OpenWikiNG - OpenWiki breaks out

Recently I found an OpenWikiNG (Next Generation) project opened at sourceforge.net. The initiator, Paul Robertson, has recently written an email to everyone who has left their emails on OpenWiki.com:


At some stage you visited the OpenWiki.com site and left your email address. OpenWiki has been languishing recently. This email is to invite you to become involved in a SourceForge project to develop the code further.


OpenWiki is Laurens Pit's brainchild, an ASP version of the programme first coded in 1994 by Ward Cunningham [see c2.com for history]. Laurens specifically wanted to keep content and presentation separate in his Wiki, and crafted it so that Wiki pages are served up in XML, which is then transformed via XSLT.

Over the last coupe of years Laurens appears to have lost interest in his baby. In his absence, users have fixed most of the bugs affecting the last release [March 20, 2002: OpenWiki v0.78 SP1], and also added a range of useful features, such as a "rename this page" action [See Todd Burzynski's contribution at

Work is underway on more adventurous additions, such as a Wiki specific editor [http://www.openwiki.com/ow.asp?WikiEditor] and a French version
[already written by Ste'phane Lussier see

John Parker has written a WYSIWYG version of OpenWiki but unfortunately the code for this is not available with an open source licence.
[http://www.openwiki.com/ow.asp?OpenWikiInDotNet ]

A Dot.Net version has been written

Ming Hong Ng, has updated the code to (almost) be XHTML 1.1 compatible

Several people have used CSS to customise the look of OpenWiki. [See
http://kaplan-myrth.ca/wiki/ where Andy Kaplan-Myrth has done a classy job and also http://www11.brinkster.com/poptones/newcleus/ow.asp?FrontPage for John Parker's effort]

Because OpenWiki uses ASP, it has found a home in many intranets, especially as a knowledge management tool. Some publicly available OpenWiki have been spotted [Niklas Gustavsson is the administrator of the SVG wiki at

OpenWiki has received good press and was recently named one of the best Open Source programmes of 2003 by PC Magazine

Incorporating all these good ideas into the code that Laurens left, and developing that code further is the aim of OpenWikiNG. [See

Visit the OpenWikiNG general discussion forum today at
http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=357314 to have your say.

Paul Robertson

Let's join the project! =n__n=