Today’s a day for celebration: as announced in Wind of Change: Upgraded SCN Wiki Platform & Features, the SCN wiki upgrade is now complete.
The upgrade features multiple improvements. Key features include: friendlier user interface, better performance, new macro insertion mechanism (no need for manual coding), new macros/plug-ins (described in detail below), accessible personalized user information and a central area of drop down menus which link to all available features (see image):
(For further details-click here)
I admit that when I was first introduced to the SCN wiki by Gali and Craig, it took me couple of days to grasp what they were talking about :). Seeing the massive amount of content collaboratively created by people worldwide was an enlightening yet overwhelming experience at the same time. What really excited me about the wiki was how it became a catalyst for the community to express themselves creatively in their own unique and special way. This was reinforced later as I met and interacted with more and more people from the community.
What I like the most in the new wiki is that you don’t have to know any code in order to use all the great features that wiki has to offer. They are all just a click away. Start by clicking and submit content using the wiki stage. Following your content submission it will be shifted to the designated wiki space. If you wish to engage in a deeper level in your area of expertise, feel free to reach out to me.
The new macros/plug-ins:
Child pages of a page and its descendents (children’s’ children) are being displayed in a chosen location in the page.
A dynamic & hierarchical display of a list of pages starting from a specified parent page. You can embed the macro within your page, where it can be use as a table of contents or a list of related topics.
This feature enables you to be notified on a change done in a parent page and on modification being performed in its descendents pages as well ( you will be notified when a page is created under the parent page as well).
A special navigation map which is defined by a specified label.
A chart based on tabular data is displayed. When inserting the macro, you will supply the data and choose the format of the chart.
Before trying out all the new macros and features, I strongly recommend that you visit our fresh SCN wiki user guide.
Like every process in the wiki being collaborative and creative, so was the birth of the new and improved wiki. All along the development process the wiki received love and care from members of the community and my colleagues at SCN team (Marilyn, Martin, Laure, Gali and Maya) under the guidance of Chip Rodgers.
Please share with us your thoughts and feeling about the new wiki.