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Wiki Improvements

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Description #

There are four sections in this wiki page:

  • "Suggested Improvements" are features proposed by the Liferay community. These features are added after being discussed in the forums. It is hihgly recommended to link to the original forum post for further references, description of the feature and use cases definitions.
  • "Suggested Improvements - Implemented": community proposals already implemented in Liferay Portal
  • "Community suggestions added to the current roadmap": features proposed by the Liferay community that are planned to be implemented in the next major version by the Liferay team.
  • "Suggestions validated by the Liferay team": features the Liferay team finds interesting for the product, that have been validated, but are not planned to be implemented in the short term. Contributions of these features by the community are welcome.

Note: we only remove the suggestions from the initial list when they are implemented

Suggested Improvements #

  • Wiki Administration
    1. There should be a built in role for WIki administration so that a regular User can be granted rights to roll back content, add & delete pages, and edit pages.
    2. Set defaults for wiki from the control panel
    3. Ability to rename "FrontPage"
    4. Ability to rename "Children Pages"
    5. Ability to turn off "Orphan Pages" for non-editors (see post)
    6. Ability to turn off "Chidren pages" and use some other navigation. Consider adding a “Children Pages” tab when editing a wiki. This would give the people who have the ability to modify the wiki the ability to see the children easily. (see post)
    7. Administrator should be able to set default styles for Wiki from the Control Panel
    8. Administrator should be able to set default modes of operation from the Control Panel (e.g. HTML, Creole, etc., see post)
    9. Ability to create wiki page templates ( ticket)
  • Link Management
    1. It seems that the wiki doesn't allow for relative paths. I use liferay in my product so I don't always know what the URL is going to be. So, if we could allow for something like this [/myfolder/mypage|My Link] (see post).
    2. Auto linking - if a term in the Wiki matches a page title exactly, it is auto linked (see post))
    3. Linking to a speicific tag or category in the "tag" and "category" nav portlets (see post).
    4. Wiki-standard Inter-wiki linking (see post)
    5. Link dialog in Wiki should include "Link Type" of "Local Wiki" (along with URL, email, etc.) and "Browse Server" dialog box should allow page selection.
    6. Update Incoming Links and Outgoing for HTML pages (not only for creole, see post and post).
    7. Linking to a concrete section of a wiki page without writing the whole url ( ticket)
  • Wki Permissions
    1. All Wiki permissions should be defined using the control panel and/or User Interface (see post)
    2. Wiki pages and nodes should have configurable view permissons (public, private, etc.)
    3. Ability to disable the Print/Properties/Export buttons (see post)
    4. Wiki Owner should be able to delete pages
  • Wiki Navigation
    1. Wiki should be able to be configured to pull in all Wiki pages and display them based on the permissions of the viewer.
    2. This would allow for an org-wide wiki that is built one section a time by each Group, Community, and Sub-Org.
  • Comments
    1. There should be a m oderation log much like the one suggested for the message board
    2. Have public or user/role based viewing of comments but no ability to add comments
    3. Have user/role based addition of comments
    4. Subscription to wiki should get notifications of comments (see post)
    5. Index comments so they are searchable (see post)
    6. Have User/member to edit their own comments but restrict them from deleting comments made by other users. Currently update allows editing and deleting of other comments.
  • Wiki Content
    1. Ability to add web cam portlet to wiki page
    2. Ability to add video to wiki page
    3. Ability to publish directly to wiki via WebDAV
    4. Ability to sort Wiki tables by column (see post)
  • Wiki Subscriptions
    1. Email messages that come from Wiki pages in HTML format are a mess in the emailer!
    2. There should be a delay of several (configurable) minutes before the email notifications are send out, otherwise your email box is overloaded with small changes after a save and an update.
    3. Subscription should offer IM/email/SMS/alert/announcement notification of
  • Wiki Migration
    1. Import process from other popular wikis (see post).
  • Wiki-Related Portal Changes
    1. User Ability to pull specific wiki pages on to a user's personal page for monitoring
    2. Ability for Adminsitrator to push specific wiki pages on to a user, group, community or org page.
  • Wiki Security
    1. If a page is blocked or a user's rights get changed, the user should not be able to see any links to it. (see post)
    2. Sharing wiki pages should not require that the wiki be published on a public page (see post).
  • Wiki User Interface
    1. Copying, Deleting, Moving and Renaming pages should be more obvious. The "Details" label isn't very user-friendly.
    2. Make a tab called "Actions" and put that sort of stuff in there.
    3. Move really should do that without leaving the artifact of the old page name in the wiki.
    4. Renaming a page should leave the old page name. (see post)
    5. Attachments should, for consistency reasons, be presented as a more integral part of the document library. A first step is to make them visible in the webdav view (like the image library files), but maybe the Document Library Portlet should be made configurable to show the attachment items within the portlet also.
    6. Attachments files shouldn't be located on a separated tab, they should go down on a list at the end of the article
    7. Attachments files with various versions of that file should be shown in a navigation tree way where you have the most recent version first, and you see the older versions when you expand that node

Suggested Improvements - Implemented #

  1. Breadcrumbs should be added to be able to step back in the hierchy. Resolution: this has been fixed with the new global breadcrum in Liferay 6
  2. Comments should be able to be moderated. Resolution: this feature has been implemented in Liferay 6, by using the workflow engine
  3. Allow Special Characters and Punctuation in Wiki Title Resolution: see http://issues.liferay.com/browse/LPS-2588
  4. It should be easier to create a Wiki node. Resolution: in Liferay 6 this is quite straightforward using the wiki portlet in the control panel

Community suggestions added to the current roadmap (Liferay 6.1) #

  1. Built in role for Wiki administration
  2. Create a wiki admin portlet where the admin can manage the wiki
  3. Ability to rename "FrontPage" and "Children Pages"
  4. Ability to hide "Orphan Pages" for non-editors
  5. Administrator should be able to set default modes of operation (e.g. HTML, Creole, etc...)
  6. Allow relative paths in wiki page links
  7. Auto linking
  8. There should be a delay of several (configurable) minutes before the email notifications are send out, otherwise your email box is overloaded with small changes after a save and an update.
  9. Linking to a specific tag or category in the wiki content
  10. Update Incoming Links and Outgoing for HTML pages (not only for creole)
  11. Have user/role based addition and viewing of comments
  12. Subscription to wiki should get notifications of comments
  13. Attachments should, for consistency reasons, be presented as a more integral part of the document library and be at the end of the article
  14. Ability to add video to wiki page

Suggestions validated by the Liferay team #

  1. Ability to turn off "Chidren pages" and use some other navigation. Consider adding a “Children Pages” tab when editing a wiki. This would give the people who have the ability to modify the wiki the ability to see the children easily.
  2. Wiki-standard Inter-wiki linking
  3. Ability to add video to wiki page
  4. Improve Email messages that come from Wiki pages in HTML format
  5. Attachments files with various versions of that file should be shown in a navigation tree way where you have the most recent version first, and you see the older versions when you expand that node
  6. Ability to disable the Print/Properties/Export buttons
  7. Wiki should be able to be configured to pull in all Wiki pages and display them based on the permissions of the viewer.
  8. This would allow for an org-wide wiki that is built one section a time by each Group, Community, and Sub-Org.
  9. Ability to publish directly to wiki via WebDAV
  10. Import process from other popular wikis
  11. User Ability to pull specific wiki pages on to a user's personal page for monitoring
  12. Ability for Adminsitrator to push specific wiki pages on to a user, group, community or org page.
  13. Copying, Deleting, Moving and Renaming pages should be more obvious. The "Details" label isn't very user-friendly.
  14. Move really should do that without leaving the artifact of the old page name in the wiki.
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I don't agree with "Renaming a page should... Aniceto P Madrid September 23, 2009 10:27 AM
That's why you have MOVE which has a different... Lisa Simpson September 24, 2009 2:32 PM
Full ACK to: # Ability to rename "FrontPage" #... Joerg Mauz September 29, 2009 6:15 AM
All Link Management function are important... Denis Signoretto September 29, 2009 6:38 AM
I vote in favor of options to de-wikify the... b v j October 10, 2009 6:55 PM
minutes delay before sending email notification... Denis Signoretto October 15, 2009 1:04 AM
Reduce email and "social activities... Denis Signoretto December 17, 2009 12:17 AM
The most important ones that strike my mind... Robin Mitra February 28, 2010 6:02 PM
Hi, I added this 2 on User Interface, according... Pablo M Mino March 4, 2010 6:36 AM
Dear Team, we've gave [b]view[/b] permission... Senthil Chockalingam June 28, 2010 5:24 AM
Ability to sort wiki articles in the listing... Samuel Liu July 13, 2010 1:26 PM
I vote for the notification whenever a comment... Sven Ehlert July 26, 2010 4:07 AM
How can i subscribe wiki....i'm unable to find... pooja shah August 4, 2010 11:41 PM
Cannot find Post... Chris Peters May 2, 2011 4:16 AM
Hi Team, i also would suggest the abillity to... Markus Mueller September 21, 2011 11:01 PM

I don't agree with

"Renaming a page should leave the old page name."

in all cases. Maybe in some cases is a requirement, but at the beginning of a Wiki page the page name maybe not the right one. After renaming it one or more times, the page list becames a mess.

A solution could be to keep the old page names for sake of integrity but list the actual page name.
Posted on 9/23/09 10:27 AM.
That's why you have MOVE which has a different function, whereas RENAME would leave the old one and redirect to the new one. Right now, they're the same function. emoticon You can't actually "move" anything :/
Posted on 9/24/09 2:32 PM in reply to Aniceto P Madrid.
Full ACK to:
# Ability to rename "FrontPage"
# Ability to rename "Children Pages"
Posted on 9/29/09 6:15 AM.
All Link Management function are important features for me. In particular links referentiation in HTML pages.
Posted on 9/29/09 6:38 AM.
I vote in favor of options to de-wikify the Wiki such as having the ability to hide the Details and Print buttons.


P.S. Lisa, nice work organizing the Features and Suggestions wiki pages!
Posted on 10/10/09 6:55 PM.
minutes delay before sending email notification is a nice feature ora any another way. For example don't send email if flagged as minor change.
Posted on 10/15/09 1:04 AM.
Reduce email and "social activities notifications" (grouping in a single message) it's better as well.
Posted on 12/17/09 12:17 AM in reply to Denis Signoretto.
The most important ones that strike my mind instantly are:
1. Ability to link to other 'wiki pages' while using the HTML editor. Right now, you cannot browse and select other wiki pages via the 'add link' button in the HTML editor (FCKeditor), but would be really convenient to have, like in MindTouch Enterprise Wiki.
2. Enhancement to the table creation functionalities in the HTML editor. It should be possible to insert a new row when tab is press at the last cell and there should be a way to select a row as header in the table properties.
3. The wiki editor should be larger/longer or there should be a button to maximise the wiki for editing.
Posted on 2/28/10 6:02 PM.
Hi, I added this 2 on User Interface, according to this board post http://www.liferay.com/community/forums/-/message_boards/message/4677744

5. Attachments files shouldn't be located on a separated tab, they should go down on a list at the end of the article
6. Attachments files with various versions of that file should be shown in a navigation tree way where you have the most recent version first, and you see the older versions when you expand that node
Posted on 3/4/10 6:36 AM.
Dear Team,


we've gave view permission for the end user to access the WIKI, But that user can Edit the Wiki and he can revert the previous Version also(i.e for end user revert option also working). Please help us on.



Actually i want only give the View Access to End User. And for particualr user i want to give updated permission. it's is possible to keep the Revert option for Admin(Owner)?
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Posted on 6/28/10 5:24 AM in reply to Pablo M Mino.
Ability to sort wiki articles in the listing (e.g by date -- why is this not available in the official Liferay wiki?) This way, even if there are out of date articles, a user can choose to look at only recently updated articles
Posted on 7/13/10 1:26 PM.
I vote for the notification whenever a comment is added to a wiki page. How are you supposed to handle this otherwise? We have more than 250 wiki pages ...
Posted on 7/26/10 4:07 AM.
How can i subscribe wiki....i'm unable to find any option or button asking for "subsribe".
Posted on 8/4/10 11:41 PM in reply to Sven Ehlert.
Cannot find Post http://www.liferay.com/de/community/forums/-/message_boards/message/2055142 (Inter-Wiki-Links).
When is Version 6.1 scheduled?
Posted on 5/2/11 4:16 AM.
Hi Team,
i also would suggest the abillity to sort Wiki Tables. It would be a great Improvement and help Users to find their Informations quickly as well. Thanks Andi for this Post ;-)
Posted on 9/21/11 11:01 PM.