Taking It Further

We have satisfied the needs of our group and managed to pull together a pretty nice collection of modules to create a good, basic wiki. However, there are even more available modules that you can use to add all kinds of bells and whistles. Here are some additional modules that would add some extra special wiki sauce to our site:

PEAR Wiki Filter (http://drupal.org/project/pearwiki_filter)

The nice thing about the PEAR Wiki Filter is that with one module you can choose from several popular wiki markup syntaxes like MediaWiki, TikiWiki, and Creole. The downside to this module is that it is a little more involved to install. You need to separately download the PHP PEAR package for each syntax you wish to use as well as the base Text Wiki package. Table of Contents (http://drupal.org/project/tableofcontents)

Often, when you have long pages that are used as reference documents, you can end up with a long page that is somewhat hard to navigate. The Table of Contents module will look through the page to find HTML headers and use those to build a small clickable table of contents for just that page. This table of contents can be added to the page in a block.

Talk (http://drupal.org/project/talk)

The Talk module moves the comments on a wiki page to a separate "Talk" page, to emulate the "Discussions" separation found in many wiki packages. The Views module's "Backlinks" view (included with http://drupal.org/project/views) The Views module comes with a default view named "Backlinks," which you can easily enable in the Views administration page. "Backlinks" will give you a list of all the other pages on the site that are referring to the page you are viewing at the moment.

Taxonomy (core)

Another nice touch we can add to the site is built right into core Drupal— Taxonomy. Taxonomy can allow you to group your wiki content together. For instance, our SGA may want to have a vocabulary of "Document category" that has the following terms: policy, meeting notes, and event planning. This way they can quickly get lists of all content according to its category. Another sometimes useful way to use taxonomy is to create a free-tagging vocabulary so that the members can add keywords to the content as they are creating and editing. For more information on using taxonomy, please refer to Chapter 2.

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