TiddlyWiki

Friday 13 May 2005

This has been out for a while, and I remember glancing at it last fall, but I didn't fully appreciate it then. TiddlyWiki is yet another wiki implementation, but with a difference: the entire wiki, including the implementation and all the data, is stored in a single HTML file. The file is displayed in a browser, where the content can be read and edited. A "save changes" button writes the HTML file back to disk.

First: this is very clever as an architectural design. There's no server to worry about, and anyone who can open an HTML file (who can't?) can read the content. It even allows for unique deployment scenarios like WikiOnAStick (put the HTML file on a thumb drive, and carry it with you anywhere).

Second: holy cow, the mad technical skillz displayed in the implementation are awesome!

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David Chen 1:40 AM on 14 May 2005

Oddly enough, after discovering TiddlyWiki for the first time from your blog entry, I came across another entry about GTDTiddlyWiki. It's the "Getting Things Done" version of TiddlyWiki with options to print to 3x5 cards and such. Since you mentioned the Hipster PDA from 43Folders before, I thought you might be interested.

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Ned Batchelder 9:15 AM on 14 May 2005

Actually, I got to TiddlyWiki through GTDTiddlyWiki, but forgot to mention it!

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