Foswiki is wiki software, supporting the editing of Web pages in an ordinary Web browser by end users. It offers a flexible, powerful, secure, yet easy to use web-based collaboration platform.
What makes Foswiki special is that it supports the embedding of active and passive macros that enhance the page content (e.g. with global or dynamic information) and allow end-users to build applications that store and process data in a structured manner
Developers can extend the functionality of Foswiki with plugins.
Foswiki is primarily used at the workplace as a corporate wiki to coordinate team activities, track projects, implement workflows and as an Intranet Wiki.
The software is written in Perl with pages stored in plain text files.
Foswiki is based on TWiki, which was originally written by Peter Thoeny. Foswiki was created following the ‘takeover’ of TWiki by TWiki.net.
- TinyMCE based WYSIWYG editor.
- Revision control – complete audit trail, also for meta data such as attachments and access control settings.
- Fine-grained access control – restrict read/write/rename on site level, web level, page level based on user groups.
- Extensible topic markup language.
- Dynamic content generation with macros.
- Forms and reporting – capture structured content, report on it with searches embedded in pages.
- Built in database – users can create wiki applications using the Topic Markup Language.
- Skinnable user interface.
- RSS/Atom feeds and e-mail notification.
- User defined macros with support for parameters.
- Over 400 extensions and 200 plugins to aid customisation, extension and application integration.
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