I have been using SimpleNote for a number of years. It works pretty well but somehow I was looking for:
- Ability to include and render nice asciiart pictures
- Organizes articles in a folder structure.
So I was looking for a Wiki package that could either do this or be extended to do this.
Other features that I was looking for:
- Use of markdown for markup, and be able to tweak the format as needed.
- Editor that would syntax highlight the markdown syntax
- Store data as simple files
- Written in a language I am familiar with.
- software generated network graphs (graphviz)
So, after looking at a number of packages, I opted for one that allthough did not have all features, but it was small enough and easily extendable.
PicoWiki is a very small Wiki implementation with a plugin architecture, so it is quite easy to extend. The downside of this is that the functionality in PicoWiki is quite limited. So I added the following features:
- file management: create, delete, rename, modify, attach, etc.
- hooks for access control
- meta data support
- Disabled code execution. This can be considered a "security" feature.
- Support for byte ranges. This lets you stream video files directly from the wiki.
- toggable, folder or document views.
- theme support
- Multiple file type handling
The default installations has the following plugins:
- Emoji : Render emojis
- HTML : HTML content handler
- MarkDown : Markdown content handler
- Includes : Include Wiki documents in another
- Vars : Expand variables. Either from document metadata or from the NanoWiki config file.
- WikiLinks : short hand for wiki links.