Nit-picky TiddlyWiki alternative
May 8, 2008 6:56 AM   Subscribe

Yet another wiki question. I would like to migrate away from using TiddlyWiki as a personal wiki to one capable of handling a lot more data, but I need one specific function.

Here is an example of what I need. What I like about this is that the answer is obscured until I click on the question. I also appreciate the ability to nest a question inside another answer in case the next question would contain information that would allow you to answer the first question (ie. no hint for answering the first question with the second question).

I take a lot of notes in the form of questions while I'm reading. When I review I go back through these notes and answer the questions in my head. If you look at the example above that's exactly how I do it on TiddlyWiki. But, of course, TiddlyWiki has a problem with large file sizes. I have multiple large (ie. slow performance) TiddlyWiki files that, unfortunately, can't interface with one another being in separate files.

My primary note-taking computer is my Asus EEE running Ubuntu. I am open to running it on LAMP or whatever. It does not need to multi-user (but that would be alright). I'm pretty familiar with the existence of most of the wiki software out there, but I haven't had any experience using most of it. I'm looking at Dokuwiki maybe, but i haven't found if I can replicate this behavior in it.
Bonus points for:
- ability to print entries
- ability to export to pdf
- tagging or some other metainformation sorting/hierarchy
- ability to password protect

Superbonus points for being able to import TiddlyWiki data/syntax.

If you have any other suggestions or alternate methods that would still allow me to review my notes in this manner I'd really appreciate hearing those also.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You can show/hide answers in TWiki using its Twisty code plugin. I do that a lot. TWiki will also let you print & tag, and you can password protect your entire file or just parts of it. I'm not sure about the PDF export. You could copy & paste individual tiddler code into TWiki; I don't think you could do a mass import.

However, TWiki is a huge wiki engine with a bazillion features and, for the admin, a steep learning curve. I would look for a hosted version so you don't have to install it yourself. Using it is pretty easy; it's the setup and admin that requires a big commitment.
posted by PatoPata at 9:28 AM on May 8, 2008

I haven't tried them, but maybe one of the server side TiddlyWiki installations would scale better?
posted by cnc at 1:33 PM on May 8, 2008

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