Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of UseModWiki


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Nov 28, 2005, 1:23:54 PM (16 years ago)
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Ivor Williams
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A history lesson

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     1See http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl
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     3The original guide to London, GrubStreet, ran on Usemod software. It has the advantage of being extremely simple to install, as it consists of a single monolithic Perl script. The only prerequisites are to have perl installed, and Apache (though any other http webserver will do).
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     5The drawbacks with Usemod left it up to us to design and implement a replacement:
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     7 * Development of Usemod is out of control
     8 * A single arcane, monolithic Perl script is too much of a barrier
     9 * There were corruption and permissioning issues with the flat file data
     10 * There was no revision control of the wiki pages beyond a few days or a few revisions
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     12Because The Open Guide to London was migrated from Usemod, OpenGuides uses essentially the same markup language. This has given us a number of legacies:
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     14 * Double square brackets for internal links
     15 * Title has hyperlink to search for all linking pages
     16 * External links are presented in square brackets
     17 * Page names for meta pages are prefixed by "Category", all instances of which appear on a page "Category Category"
     18 * Usemod is not searchable, apart from a title search - so we wrote our own body text search, which was migrated across to OpenGuides
     19 * No authentication layer and vulnerability to WikiSpam