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TWiki Topics

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The basic building block of a TWiki site is called a topic, identified by a unique, hopefully descriptive, WikiWord title. It may seem easier just to call them pages, but specifically a topic is the content of a page. The distinction seems small but will become more important as your skill using TWiki increases. TWikiSites are built using topics.
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The basic building block of a TWiki site is called a topic, identified by a unique, hopefully descriptive, WikiWord title. It may seem easier just to call them pages, but specifically a topic is the content of a page. The distinction seems small but will become more important as your skill using TWiki increases. TWikiSites are built using topics.
 

Characteristics

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    • include links to other topics, URLs, Web sites, files, images, sounds, or anything else you can put on a regular Web page
    • handy pop-up quick reference
    • do all of this through whatever web browser you are familiar with
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    • independently determine who can see, edit, rename, move or delete topics
    • set permissions by individual users and user groups
    • over-ride topic, TWiki web or site
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  Features that can be used by topics and sites include:
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  • TWiki Skins to customize the look of headers and footers when topics are converted to Web pages for display:
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  • TWiki Skins to customize the look of headers and footers when topics are converted to Web pages for display:
 
    • default and user selectable per session
    • fully configurable look and feel
    • apply skins across an entire TWiki web, or to a single displayed page
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  • variables
    • similar to a command line context with site wide and locally defined variables
    • over-ride topic, TWiki web or site
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    • store database-style info alongside the free-form topic content
    • accesses meta-data
    • use text fields and boxes, radio buttons, pulldown selector menus, checkboxes
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  • To add a new topic: the simplest way is to type a new WikiName in an existing topic, while you're in edit mode. When the topic is saved, the new name will appear highlighted, with a ? at the end: click the ? and a new edit window appears. Enter, preview and save as usual. The new topic now exists.
    • Go back to the topic where you started, and you'll see the ? has disappeared, and your WikiWord name is now a regular link. Type it anywhere on any topic in that web, and it will be turned into a link.
    • HELP One little links rule: each topic, and its WikiWord link, belong to one unique web only. To link between webs, you must first enter the topic's web name.
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Example: This is TWikiTopics, in the TWiki web, so that's all you need to type on any topic in this web. But to link to TWikiTopics from a topic in the Main web, you have to type TWiki.TWikiTopics - Webname.TopicName. It's easy.
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Example: This is TWikiTopics, in the TWiki web, so that's all you need to type on any topic in this web. But to link to TWikiTopics from a topic in the Main web, you have to type TWiki.TWikiTopics - Webname.TopicName. It's easy.
  Another way to add a topic is to type a new topic name in the Go box or an unknown topic URL. You can type in either a WikiName to create the topic in the current web or Web.TopicName to create a topic in a different web than the current page. Topics created with the Go box or URLs do not have parent meta-data defined.
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  • Some controls are self-explanatory and also include instructions and help links.
  • Experiment. You can always Cancel an edit or (using revision control) go Back whenever you like.
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  • Get in-depth info from the complete documentation, including the User's Guide, Configuration Manual and TWiki Reference.
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  • Get in-depth info from the complete documentation, including the User's Guide, Configuration Manual and TWiki Reference.
 

Renaming, moving or deleting topics

 
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