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Design Notes

Here are some of the features and notes about Pm Wiki's design decisions. Many of these derive directly from the PmWiki Philosophy and lots of discussion on the mailing lists.

Why doesn't Pm Wiki use hierarchical / nested groups?

It essentially comes down to figuring out how to handle page links between nested groups; if someone can figure out an obvious, intuitive way for authors to do that, then nested groups become plausible. See Design Notes and PmWiki:Hierarchical Groups.

Why don't Pm Wiki's scripts have a closing ?> tag?

All of Pm Wiki's scripts now omit the closing ?> tag. The tag is not required, and it avoids problems with unnoticed spaces or blank lines at the end of the file. Also, some file transfer protocols may change the newline character(s) in the file, which can also cause problems. See also the Instruction separation page in the PHP manual.

Does Pm Wiki support WYSIWYG editing (or something like the FCK Editor?)?

Short answer: Pm Wiki provides GUI buttons in a toolbar for common markups, but otherwise does not have WYSIWYG editing. For the reasons why, see PmWiki:WYSIWYG.


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