Wiki Productivity Pattern - Active pages in sight
Managing Several Active and Related Pages
When working in a wiki environment with potentially several active and related pages, it is useful to be able to see those pages easily.
Arrange the windows and tabs in a convenient manner. For example, for this handbook on WikiEducator:
Browser window 1 (3 tabs): Handbook Home | Section working on | Discussion page of that section
Browser window 2 (1 tab): Edit Screen/ Straw dog
Browser window 4 (4 tabs): Issue Tracker | My WatchList| Style guide | Glossary
i.e. being able to see all those screens and browse to other sections easily ...
- read the page
- make a straw dog if necessary (i.e. for significant change which needs review before being put onto the actual page)
- copy and paste text from the page into the straw dog and also into a text editor for more convenient editing
- rewrite the text in the text editor
- paste it into the straw dog and save
- make minor corrections, etc.
- write a comment on the discussion page linking to the straw dog
- if feeling confident or bold, or if co-authors agree, paste the new version into the main article
- otherwise, let the lead writer/editor do it.
- (no straw needed)
- make minor corrections, etc. directly on the page.
(remember to include a comment about the edit)