Wiki for documentation

Stewart Mader has created a series of videos available at called 21 Days of Wiki Adoption.

Each video is short, encapsulated, and easily digested when you need a break. I’m really enjoying them, and the cool US map background behind Stewart.

Stewart Mader day 12 of wiki adoption video series - Documentation

Day 12 is Documentation. Great ideas there, involving authoring in the wiki and using the wiki engine to publish a PDF. I’m working on a blog entry describing authoring in DITA and outputting to a wiki, but it’s also nice to hear of the other way around.


  • avi
    February 27, 2008 - 3:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Anne,
    I wonder whether there is a case study for writing documentation using a wiki. Something that says, well,… “we started with a plan for a 12 chapters user guide, kicked-off the project with a TOC page with 12 links, and ended up 3 weeks later with 120 wiki-pages that we PDFed/CHMed/ put on SharePoint / on our website. ” Such information would be very helpful.

  • February 27, 2008 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Avi – It’s as if you can read my mind. 🙂

    Ask and you shall receive, see the very next post. Starting with 800 pages of documentation, turning it into DITA, and then using 12 wiki spaces to produce 32 deliverables, all on a wiki (or two).

    Would love to hear your thoughts on viability, practicality, and so forth. Once I have Lisa’s slides, you can see all her customer and business justification for a wiki deliverable. Thanks for your comment!

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