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Plain Text Wiki, Reworked

So, Matt Webb posted about his implementation of a plain text wiki inside of TextMate. Basically whenever it sees a document with WikiTermLikeThis in TextMate you can press Enter to pop it up in a new window. Nifty.

As you may recall I installed a wiki on the webserver on my local machine . Truth be told, I don't really use it as much as I'd like. For a start, I don't get to use my normal editor - I have to type in my browser. Secondly, like Matt says, I don't really care about the formatting either. In most of the documents I write for work I use MediaWiki markup, but this is because it looks good in plain text, not because I care what it renders into. The pain of switching between html and plain text is one edit too much.

So when I saw Matt's idea it resonated very strongly with me. The idea of just keeping these files as plain text which I'll always be able to edit somehow no matter what toolchain I end up with is good.

The problem I faced is that I don't like StrangeCaptialisedWords in my text. I find them hard to read. Oh, and lots of time spent preparing documents for mediawiki has trained me to make [[Links like this]].

Wait, Matt's stuff is just code, right? So I should be able to fix that, right?

Some brief hacking with Ruby later I've fixx0red it. If you fancy checking it out, you can find it in my subversion repository

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easterbunny
May. 22nd, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
<b>Markup Text</b>
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To avoid swapping between markup systems for common browser-based clients like<ul>
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I find myself typing in HTML inside Word, PowerPoint, pico, and emacs. <small>This can be a trifle embarrassing when other people see them. It usually makes vi blow up. Oxygen has branded me as permamently non-valid.</small>
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May. 22nd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
No! WikiWords AreBest </holywar>
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