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The TWiki web is a web-based collaboration tool.

TWiki is a cgi-bin script written in Perl. It reads a text file, hyperlinks it and converts it to HTML on the fly. The point is to:

  • make the text editing process very simple ( click on the Edit link at the bottom of the page )
  • and to find information fast ( WebSearch ).

In addition to being quick, TWiki also aspires to Zen ideals generally labeled WabiSabi. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, that's all you need.

What does the name TWiki stand for?

  • Wiki wiki means quick in Hawai'ian. They call the shuttle at the Honolulu airport the wiki wiki bus.
  • TWiki is the short form of TakeFive Wiki . (Later on I found out that Twiki is the name of a robot in a Buck Rogers TV show in 1979)

TWiki is one of many WikiWikiClones; the first one was built by Wiki:WardCummingham,

Topics of interest:

  • TWikiEnhancementRequests is the place where you can add your enhancement requests.
  • TWikiPlannedFeatures has a list of planned features for upcoming TWiki versions.
  • TWikiHistory shows TWiki's implementation history.
  • TWikiDocumentation is the implementation documentation.
  • TWikiAdministration? tells you how to do administrative stuff, like renaming or deleting a topic.
  • WikiCulture talks about the unique type of collaboration Wiki systems offer.
  • WikiReferences has links to articles and books around collaboration and the Wiki technology in particular.


  • TWiki automatically signs new pages with your WikiName in case TWiki is running on an Intranet where you log in. In case your TWiki installation does not authenticate users, TWiki does not know about user names, all contributors have the user name TWikiGuest.
  • TWiki's source code is available upon request, see
  • This TWiki version is TWiki-4.2.2, Wed, 06 Aug 2008, build 17396 .

-- PeterThoeny - 09 Nov 2000

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