[pmwiki-users] RFC: Page History & Word-level diffs

ABClf languefrancaise at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 17:00:48 CST 2010

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2010/2/18 DaveG <pmwiki at solidgone.com>:
> On 2/17/2010 6:34 PM, Petko Yotov wrote:
>> Hello. I'd like to request some comments from the community about two changes
>> of the default layout in a page history.
>> When authors click on the "History" link, they see the differences between
>> page versions with mostly[1] rendered output, ie. '''bold''' is rendered as
>> bold text, a line starting with "!!" is rendered as a heading, [[#anchors]]
>> are not visible, etc.
>> To see the differences in the source-wiki-text, authors need to click on the
>> link "Show changes to markup". It shows then the complete changes in plain
>> text.
>> I'd like to read your comments on changing the default page history to show
>> the changes on the source-wiki-text instead of the rendered HTML.
>> There will of course be an easy way to revert to the previous way, by editing
>> config.php, or by clicking on the link "Show changes to output".
>> I believe authors understand wiki markup and there is no problem for them to
>> look at the source changes -- and it is actually better/easier to understand
>> what happened (and an opportunity to practice for unfrequent editors). Other
>> wiki engines (Mediawiki/Wikipedia) show only changes to the source-text.
>> My second question is about the new word-level difference highlighting --
>> should it be enabled by default?
>> Admins could of course switch back to plain text, by editing config.php.
>> Now it isn't default enabled, and an admin needs to edit config.php. To me,
>> word-level diffs are absolutely valuable[2] and an awesome help when reviewing
>> page changes. I don't see any good reason *not* to enable this for most wikis,
>> but I'd like to know what people from the community think.
>> It should be noted that word-level diff highlighting can only work in "source
>> mode", not in rendered HTML output, that's why I'm asking the first question.
> I think both changes are good ideas. I rarely find the default HTML view
> useful, and usually switch to PmWiki view. I also enable InlineDiff on
> all my wikis, as this is considerably more useful than the old PmWiki way.
> I guess the real question is why would we *not* do this? I'm not really
> seeing any downside.
>  ~ ~ Dave
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