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“Wikis can be dated to 1995, when American computer programmer Ward Cunningham created a new collaborative technology for organizing information on Web sites. Using a Hawaiian term meaning 'quick,' he called this new software WikiWikiWeb.” (Britannica)
Sometimes, a toolbar will be provided on the editing screen with icons to insert the most commonly used markup.
Sometimes a wiki will supply a WYSIWYG interface for writing pages, similar to what you would find in a word processor.
Many wikis also maintain a history of your page editing.
Wikis can be
It is easy to create your own wiki.
You generally have two choices:
There are a number of service providers that let you create a wiki on their servers (often at no cost).
To install your own wiki service, you will need to have an account with a Web hosting service.Then you can usually install a wiki engine by uploading the needed files or sometimes just enabling an engine in the Web host's control panel.
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“Wiki: What Is Wiki.” Wiki: Welcome Visitors. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. <http://www.wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki>.
“wiki (Web site) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia.” Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1192819/wiki>.