TWiki is a Web-based collaboration tool

  • A TWiki site is a simple, satisfying, full-featured open communication environment:
    • people anywhere online can meet
    • rich Web text, images, online multimedia are easily shared
    • documents and other files can be uploaded and downloaded
    • everything works through a regular Web browser

TWiki is written in Perl...

  • TWiki's parsing engine reads a text file, hyperlinks it, and converts TWiki shorthand into standard HTML, on the fly. The point is to:
    • make editing text extremely simple (to see how simple, click on the Edit link at the bottom of the page)
    • let you find information fast (WebSearch).

  • In addition to being quick, as a meeting and colloboration space, TWiki aspires to the Zen ideals known as WabiSabi. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, that's all you need.

"TWiki" stands for...

  • Wiki wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian. The shuttle at Honolulu Airport is called the wiki wiki bus, which is where the original Wiki web got its name.
  • TWiki is short for TakeFive Wiki. (It was later discovered that Twiki is also the name of an AI robot that co-starred in the Buck Rogers... movie and TV show from 1979 - its head is in the logo.)

Selected TWiki Topics...

NOTE: TWiki automatically signs new pages with your WikiName when TWiki is running on an intranet. If your TWiki installation doesn't require a log-in, TWiki treats all contributors the same - everyone gets the same username: TWikiGuest.

TWiki is trademarked to Peter Thoeny, originator and lead developer.

-- MikeMannix - 14 Sep 2001

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