What should I use to create an internal manual for my department?
December 29, 2011 10:43 AM Subscribe
What is the best (Mac compatible) program/thing to use to write an internal manual for my department at work?
posted by insufficient data to computers & internet (6 answers total)
I’m trying to write a manual for my department at work, and I’m having a hard time figuring out the best way to do it.
My original idea was a wiki, but it looks like the vast majority of them require it to be run through a server with MySql, which… I really don't know how to do, and also I don't know if my boss would approve it. It has to be something that I can write on my desktop, and then, once it’s approved, move it into a public folder on the shared server.
Right now I’m working with TiddlyWiki, which is okay for me, but because it’s so easy to edit by accident, I don’t know if I can let it loose on the world. (whoops, I double clicked- oh god what did I do now everything is gone) Plus, adding images is a little tedious.
What I need:
• Will run on a desktop (Mac OSX), not through a server.
• Ability to interlink pages in the way Wikipedia does. (well, I guess any website, really) and display images.
• Can be restricted to one or two users, or at least isn’t immediately and obviously open to everyone.
• Can be taught to minimally-technically savvy people in the event that I leave the job/am trampled by an elephant/flee the country.
• Free or very cheap (this is my pet project; I’m unlikely to get authority to spend hundreds of dollars. Although if there’s really good, easy manual writing software that is that expensive, maybe I can keep it in my back pocket for if they want to do this for other departments.)
What I’d like:
• Ability for people without editing access to leave comments
• Ability to tag pages
• Search feature
• Backup of multiple versions or an edit history
I’ve been thinking of ditching the wiki idea, and just writing a damn website. Not super secure, but I don’t think people will maliciously change things- I’m more worried about accidental edits. (For now, anyway.)
The problem is teaching it to other people (plus, while I can write HTML from scratch all day, I don’t really want to for this).
So, can I do this? What is there that’s out there that I can use?