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KACJR #1
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Subject: Greetings to the Well of Knowledge!
Hello all!

My name is Ken and I am the IT Director for a non-profit human services organization in Massachusetts USA.  I am looking forward to DokuWiki curing all of my document management ills.

Being a human services organization under the scrutiny of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our documentation requirements are quite significant.  And, being a non-profit, we are always looking for ways to not spend money on things that do not contribute to the direct care of the population we serve.

Currently, we have several hundred Word documents that I believe can be well managed in a Wiki environment, rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars on a document management system.  These documents are comprised of our policy book, blank forms, and other ancillary things, some static, some dynamic.

The most important requirements: (1) the Wiki must be internal and not visible on the WWW because of regulatory requirements and (2) the Wiki must be able to distinguish between who can view content, who can edit content, and who can approve content.  I hope that DokuWiki can meet these requirements.

Look forward to playing.

Thanks,
Ken
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LarsDW223 #2
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Hi Ken,

welcome to DokuWiki!

Yes I think DokuWiki meets your requirements:

(1) the Wiki must be internal and not visible on the WWW because of regulatory requirements

Well, I think this is more a requirement of the installation and done via a corresponding webserver setup.

(2) the Wiki must be able to distinguish between who can view content, who can edit content, and who can approve content.

DokuWiki's ACLs (Access Control List) decide if a user may only read or also edit a page. Approveing of pages is not a functionality which exists in the DokuWiki core but it can be added via plugins (e.g. see https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:publish).

So good luck with DokuWiki. If you face any problems or questions then make another post in the forum.

Greetings,
Lars
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pop (Moderator) #3
Member since Nov 2016 · 207 posts · Location: near Basel. Switzerland
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Quote by KACJR:
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Currently, we have several hundred Word documents that I believe can be well managed in a Wiki environment,
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That takes a bit of an explanation. What, exactly, do you want to do with those Word documents in the wiki, and what do you mean by "managing" them in a Wiki environment?

I am a Wiki fan, even a Dokuwiki fan, but I don't think managing Word documents is one of the core strengths of this kind of product. If I'm mistaken, I'll gladly learn some new uses for the Dokuwiki.
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What, exactly, do you want to do with those Word documents in the wiki, and what do you mean by "managing" them in a Wiki environment?

One would hope they plan to convert them into wiki pages...
Read this if you don't get any useful answers.
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MartinR #5
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I've played with this idea before.  Is there any way to launch an appropriate program to deal with other format documents?  For instance it would be nice to launch Libre Office to handle .odts or the document viewer for .pdfs.  The sort of system I was aiming for would use DW to handle document metadata and then hand off the document processing to a word processor, editor or similar.  Actual documents could be kept in either a hidden namespace or else in a separate directory.  I realise that there are issues with file ownership, specifically they would all end up as apache:apache, but then DW's inbuilt ACLs can handle this problem.
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KACJR #6
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Quote by andi on 2019-07-12, 12:15:
Quote by pop:
What, exactly, do you want to do with those Word documents in the wiki, and what do you mean by "managing" them in a Wiki environment?

One would hope they plan to convert them into wiki pages...

That would be the plan, but there needs to be a way to export the wiki pages to some kind of document format (which, if I'm not mistaken, can be done in Dokuwiki).

But documentation organization is the objective.
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LarsDW223 #7
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There are some plugins allowing the export in another format:
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:text - export as plain text
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:dw2pdf - export as pdf
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:odt - export as odt or odt-->pdf
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:epub - export as ebook
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Quote by LarsDW223 on 2019-07-16, 18:30:
There are some plugins allowing the export in another format:
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:text - export as plain text
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:dw2pdf - export as pdf
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:odt - export as odt or odt-->pdf
- https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:epub - export as ebook

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