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The coWiki Project

coWiki is a sophisticated but easy-to-use Web collaboration tool that helps you and your coworkers create and organize Web documents, Weblogs, and knowledgebases (or any other document structures) directly in HTML browsers. You can evolve ideas and gain a concomitant XML documentation of your brainstorming without having to concentrate on complicated structural syntaxes. coWiki follows the tradition of loose Wiki Wiki Webs with easy and intuitional markup, adding Unixlike access management, a directory/document hierarchy, and a plugin API for your functionalities and enhancements. It is template-based and multilingual.


Recent releases

  •  26 Feb 2005 02:06

    No changes have been submitted for this release.

    •  23 Oct 2003 18:07

      Release Notes: Among inconspicuous internal improvements, this release adds a RSS viewer plugin, <sub> and <sup> tags for visualisation of subscript and superscript elements, and fixes for several templates to make them valid HTML 4. This is going to be the last version that will run with PHP5 beta 1. Future versions will require PHP5 beta 2.

      •  12 Oct 2003 09:28

        Release Notes: This version introduces the <rem> tag element to hide output, fixes path problems with CGI SAPI in different installations, and fixes user font/size/language settings storage. WikiWord handling is optional now (may be toggled in the core.conf), the <toc> tag must now occur at beginning of a line, and there is a Danish translation.

        •  20 Sep 2003 08:14

          Release Notes: This version fixes several bugs in the sorting of plugin CustomAutoIndex output, and in handling of two character WikiWords, and adds features to the CustomAutoIndex and the XmlEventParser. Additionally PHP source highlighting has been added in <code> blocks.

          •  10 Sep 2003 19:37

            No changes have been submitted for this release.

            Recent comments

            03 Jun 2007 09:10 marchd

            Note: the CoWiki home web page lists this project as discontinued

            09 Feb 2005 22:55 dtg

            Re: coWiki is looking for a new maintainer
            New maintainer for this project has been found. More information on

            03 Jan 2005 02:02 dtg

            coWiki is looking for a new maintainer
            Hello community, hello reader,

            the coWiki web collaboration project is looking for a new maintainer to

            take over the further development, programming and extension of this

            excellent software. Maybe it is you?

            &quot;coWiki what?&quot;

            If you do not know coWiki, you may take a look at

            * &lt;; (the site is driven by coWiki)

            * &lt;;

            * &lt;;.

            About the coWiki project:

            In 2002, coWiki was the first bigger GPLed (GNU General Public

            License) object oriented web collaboration tool that was entirely

            written in upcoming PHP 5. It is a bit different to other wikis that

            are hyped these days: coWiki saves its data structure in XML (which

            has a high potential to be transformed and exported e.g. HTML, PDF or

            RTF formats), it consists of plugins (very easy to extend) and it

            provides a hierarchical document/directory structure guarded by a

            powerfullunixlike permission system.

            coWiki never loses a hyperlink reference to a linked document as those

            references are automagically repaired. Hence its impossible to meet or

            generate a broken link within a coWiki document web site structure,

            even if you rename your documents while your work is evolving.

            It is almost needless to say, that coWiki is template based,

            multilingual and based on the object oriented programming paradigm


            Meanwhile a lot of private people, companies and institutions benefit

            from this software world wide:


            What is coWiki good for:

            In 2001 I was working on different software projects for a small

            company in Germany, and after I was finished with my work, I

            reflected in my leisure time that we needed something that helps us

            to gather documentation for a customer.

            The tedious compilation of documents, hints, hacks, links, howtos and

            so on for documentation purposes of a software development process was

            coerced me to develop an application where the involved non-tech

            people could gather their knowledge, and - if desired - to export it

            for a customer documentation on a click of a button. This idea lead to


            About my part in this game:

            I've been developing and maintaining the popular PHP 5 coWiki web

            collaboration software since 2001 and as time passes by, personal

            challenges and interests change as well as professional

            responsibilities, claims and preferences. Due to the given situation I

            am not able to maintain the coWiki project any further. I am very

            sorry to give the child away but I hope it is going to find an other

            place where it grow up and get adult.

            Facing facts:

            Either one of you gets infected by the coWiki idea, its possibilities

            and its future potential or this open source project is ultimatively

            doomed to die. I hope that there is anybody willing to take over the

            maintenance, the helm and lead coWiki to a better future.

            What can you do? What will you get?

            You can take over the development lead of the coWiki project and

            develop it further to make it the meet your expectations and visions.

            You, the new maintainer will of course get all the technical support

            (the entire CVS code, mailinglists management if you like etc.) and of

            course my attention and answers to emerging questions. I will help you

            as much as I can. I am also willing to contribute code to the base and

            fix bugs if I have time left.

            If you are interested in PHP 5, its object oriented capabilities,

            maybe want to learn something en route and feel challenged and want to

            take over this project, please write to the developer mailing list at

            &lt;cowiki-dev (at) develnet (dot) org&gt;

            or directly to my email private address. If you write to me personally

            please use the term &quot;coWiki&quot; in the subject.

            My heartblood:

            coWiki shouldn't miserably perish on its last steps to evolve into a

            great free software application. Take a look on it, maybe you will

            like it and lead it in the future. Just dare.

            Please note that coWiki is distributed under the GNU General Public

            License (GPL) and hence a potential source of money.

            For further questions please drop an email to

            &lt;cowiki-dev (at) develnet (dot) org&gt;

            Thank you, regards Daniel T. Gorski


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