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I am impressed by the work that the WikiCreole community has accomplished -- normalizing common markup across the many wiki engines is no small feat.
However it is time I think to push into a new territory that addresses the needs of wiki applications, wiki books, wiki documents, and other upcoming uses of the paradigm. In particular Creole 2.0 should include a standard markup providing:
* fine-grained XHTML support
* robust XSL support including pagesets
* complete support for semantic annotations & queries
* core semantic models of a wiki and its articles
* interwiki support and namespace standardizations
One other topic, as I saw elsewhere in this wiki: Is Creole a Waste of Time, i.e., Why not use HTML? My answer is a resounding no!
* Most humans loathe entering HTML, for very good reasons
* HTML evolution is throttled by certain software houses(hard evidence: XHTML 2.0) whose interest is NOT users needs but rather preserving the commercial viability of their (complex/expensive) product suites which emit XHTML
* To be successful, the "Semantic Web" absolutely must be an evolution of current technologies -- a direct plea for RDF/A atop XHTML -- rather than a revolution featuring wholly new technologies -- a direct slap at the gathering notion of RDF triples exchange.
I suspect there's enough technos in this group willing to help surface a blueprint that establishes wikis as the essential platform for delivery of web 3.0... if there is, actually and truly, any //other// alternative for web 3.0, then I'd sure like to hear about it.
== Wiki Model ==
I think a "wiki" is a collection of articles and documents, a document itself being a collection of articles. (Incidentally I prefer "story" to "article" so as to distinguish from grammatical and other uses of "article" and it gives a clear path to tie into emerging argumentation models.)
A wiki "story" then is composed of one or more pages. I then look to XSL for the definition of a page, which divides rendition into repeatable header/footer areas & a body area. (In this regard, you can use "heading" or "caption" in the manner that you now seem to use for "header"). A "subpage" is another matter altogether, for its existence is functionally dependent on that of a superordinate page; a subpage often has overflow content from its superpage but it could be an earlier version of the superpage; in other words, a subpage contains material that is effectively attached to another page.
A wiki page is a container for content which, because a single story can be spread across multiple pages, means a single page may contain only //part of// a story. Page content can be of many varieties, e.g., paragraphs, tables, and lists. Many documents contain **titled and sequentially-numbered sets of paragraphs & subsections** which we both would call a "section" (as XHTML 2.0 does).
A document is often divided into front-matter, body, and back-matter; I don't believe that a story is similarly divided. Thus the body of a page for a story within a document may be the container for content that is part of one of these three document divisions.
Some of these concepts are perhaps better represented in a 'semantic page structure' as follows:
| **legend:** | X::Y //where Y is-a X// | X:Y //where X has-a Y// | ?=zero or one\\*=zero or many \\+=one or many
wiki : document* story*
document : abstract? story+ division+
division :: frontmatter | bodymatter | backmatter
division : story+ block*
story :: abstract
story : page+
page : layout* subpage* ordinal
layout :: header | body | footer | sidebar
layout : caption? block* column* ordinal
block :: division | section | line |
heading | graf | list | hr |
table | preblock| bquote
block : block* flow* ordinal
section : heading? graf* footnote* comment*
heading : seq_label title
seq_label : seq_label* sep designation
designation : prefix? (cardinal* | letter*) suffix?
list :: ul | ol | dl | ilist
list : list_item
list_item :: ordered_ | unordered_
list_item : heading? block* flow* ordinal
ordered_ : cardinal
table : topcaption? theader? tbody* tfooter?
bottomcaption? ordinal
flow :: link | em | strong | img | br | ...
styled_ | annotated_ | inserted_ |
struck_ | imported_ | calculated_ |
footnoted_ | redacted_ | queried | ...
flow : flow* pcdata}}}
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