Thread Subject: Re: tables in wiki?
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From: Jared Smith
Date: Mon, Oct 30 2006 10:10 AM
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Here's a couple of tools that might make going to wikitext a bit easier:
This tool converts HTML tables to wikitext tables. You could even save
a word processor document to HTML (In MS Word: File... Save as... Web
Page, Filtered) and then paste the table code into this form for
conversion. It's not perfect though and still may require a bit of
cleanup. http://www.uni-bonn.de/~manfear/html2wiki-tables.php does the
This online tool converts comma separated data to wikitext tables. You
can export your spreadsheet data to a comma separated format (In
Excel: File... Save as... CSV).
Here's how I see things ...
- Technically is quite accessible, but wikitext may be difficult for some.
- Full collaboration. Anyone can edit in near-synchronous manner.
- Documents are all publicly accessible and are found within the
existing set of tools.
- Document author must provide an e-mail address for EACH editor, so
this tool is not an open collaboration tool. Editors must have a
- Much easier to edit documents, but the interface is not screen
reader or keyboard accessible.
- Spreadsheets cannot be made publicly viewable (author must provide
an e-mail addresses for each viewer). Documents can be made publicly
viewable, but are in an external tool and a link to them must be
Based on this, if accessibility and open collaboration are both high
priorities, I believe the wiki is better in both aspects. I don't
think this means that Google Docs could not be used for
non-collaborative content - it is very easy to create and publish
content (Documents only, not Spreadsheets) and the published Documents
content of is very accessible.
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