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Volume 29, Issue 1


Web Glossaries the Wiki Way

Published Online: 2009-09-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci.2007.29.1.23

Web Glossaries the Wiki Way

by Kermit Murray

A wiki is a type of website that can be edited by visitors using only their web browser. The name comes from the word “wiki-wiki” that means quick in the Hawaiian language and is an apt name for these sites that can be quickly and easily modified. Wikis are useful for collaborative document creation because the document viewing and editing are integrated on-line. In a typical wiki, a visitor to the website can edit a page by clicking on the appropriate link. The page content is edited in simple markup language and saved. The changes to the wiki are stored in a database on a webserver and are immediately visible to visitors; all of the pages on the wiki website are generated by the server using the information stored in the database. Because it is so easy to change a wiki website, a record of all changes is also stored in the database so that older versions of the site ’s pages can be restored.

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Kermit K.Murray <kkmurray@lsu.edu> is a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University and an associate member of the Analytical Chemistry Division (V). <http://mass-spec.lsu.edu/>

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Published Online: 2009-09-01

Published in Print: 2007-01-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International -- Newsmagazine for IUPAC, Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 23–25, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci.2007.29.1.23.

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