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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Leopard (Apple's newest OS upgrade) comes out at the end of the month -- and with it, Apple's wiki software. Gruber says it's "one of the best web apps I’ve ever seen — and by far the best web app I’ve seen from Apple — including an amazing web-based WYSIWYG editor."

Unfortunately, it only runs on Apple's own web server (yes, Apple sells servers), which nobody uses.

But this will be a great opportunity for everyone else to steal Apple's features -- wiki software is at the moment firmly ensconced in geek land, which is a problem because a wiki's usefulness depends directly on its ability to attract people. Apple, remember, is the company that brought you variable-width computer fonts -- nobody even thought of using a font that doesn't look like this before apple dragged the engineers kicking and screaming into broader society.

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4 comments:

Titoxd said...

The killer feature of Apple's Wiki Server will be, regardless of anything else, WYSIWYG editing. The rest of the features included in the software have more to do with wiki creation than content creation, from what I've seen.

That said, they do have the ability to create calendars and other useful things. We do have extensions, but we need to have them more seamlessly integrated into MediaWiki...

Ben Yates said...

It's more about implementation than raw features (think iPhone vs. existing phones). Lots of WYSIWYG wiki software already exists.

Anonymous said...

Any word on how it shows edits and manages versions? A basic diff?

Ben Yates said...

I don't know. Maybe I'll call the local apple store and see if they'll give me a demo.