Archive for the ‘Wikis’ Category


Short video on how to edit a Wikipedia article

May 22, 2010

If you’re interested in knowing how to edit a Wikipedia article, there’s a short (3 min) video on the basics at:

[Link last checked May 2010]


Wikis for documentation and business

October 2, 2009

Some articles and a video on using wikis for documentation and business projects:

Update February 2011:

[Links last checked and updated February 2011]


Convert to/from various Wikis

September 29, 2009

Sarah Maddox, a technical writer at Atlassian (creators of the Confluence wiki) and a terrific person, had put together a great list of tools and plug-ins that convert from various document formats into various wikis, and from various wikis into various document formats. Her focus is mainly on tools for Confluence and Mediawiki.

It’s a terrific resource and you can find it on Sarah’s blog:

[Links last checked September 2009]


Unofficial Author-it wiki

July 14, 2009

Hamish Blunck, a fellow Australian Author-it user, has set up an unofficial Author-it wiki where he and others are documenting Author-it tips and tricks, linking to some good stuff on the Author-it User Group, and generally providing an unofficial supplement to the official Author-it Help and Knowledge Centre.

You can access the wiki here: To post, edit, etc. you’ll need to register.

From Hamish’s original notification:

One of the strengths of the Author-it is the help and support that members of this list provide to each other. But it occurred to me a lot of this useful information is lost and buried in the mountain messages and not captured anywhere. I also thought that it would be useful to have a repository of this great information. I encourage you to add your tips and tricks, your how-to’s, or if you find a great post about Author-it on the web, link to it. Or if you ask a question on the list and you get a useful reply or solution, add it to the wiki.


Confluence Wiki for $5

April 22, 2009

Atlassian, the developers of the Confluence Wiki software and JIRA bug tracking software have a deal on at the moment where you can get a 5-user license for both products for just $5 each.

The deal finishes on April 24, 2009, and all proceeds of these sales go to a charity.

Get yours quick!



Convert HTML and Word into Wiki markup

January 24, 2009

Thanks to some members of a technical writing list I’m on, I found out about some tools that convert HTML and Word to Wiki markup. I haven’t tried any of these yet, so I don’t know how ‘clean’ the end result is, but I offer them as possibilities if you’re looking for ways to do this.

Please add any other tools you’ve found via the Comments.

(Thanks to Wade C, Bill S, and Kathy T for these suggestions)

[Links last checked January 2010]


World’s largest “how to” manual

August 11, 2008

wikiHow ( is a collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest how-to manual. The site currently contains over 18,000 articles written, edited, and maintained by volunteers—people like you!

Other online tutorials and ‘how to’ websites include:

[This article is a combination of several first published in the CyberText Newsletter; links last checked November 2009; updated November 2009]