fswiki engine has been upgraded from MoinMoin Release 1.2.2 to 1.6.3 (current stable). This was to enable a saner, better search primarily, but also boasts of variety of new features which will be of use to fswiki users. There might be a few hiccups for users because the wiki markup language has changed a bit and you might have to change your bookmarks for a few pages. We'll update this page as and when we encounter various issues we see internally at the NMR center, so please keep a watch on this page. This might be of help especially if you find the new wiki strange.

To see the entire list of changes from 1.2.2 to 1.6.3, please go to CHANGES and scroll down till 1.2.2 for a reverse chronological list of changes.

New Features

Searching capabilites

The primary complaint about the old wiki was the search capabilities. The new version is considerably better since it uses the fast Xapian Indexing system. Feel free to experiment in FindPage

GUI editing

An extra option now is to edit a page via GUI, which might be of great use to fswiki beginner users. The link is next to the Edit(Text) link in Pages menu. Note that it doesn't work under Safari.

Issues To Consider

Wiki Markup and Macros

The new wiki markup syntax is more in-tune with other wiki syntaxes. So, long time users may need to go through the new syntax page if the new entries look strange.

Since the [[ and ]] characters now apply to hyperlinks, macros now use the << and >> characters. For instance, to generate automatic Table of Contents in the new wiki, instead of [[TableOfContents]] you should use <<TableOfContents>>

Default Theme

The default theme of the wiki has been changed from rightsidebar to modern. This is to allow text to span the entire width ( useful for narrow-width monitors). If you have an account, you can change the default theme in UserPreferences


The old wiki used to substitute special characters in place of HTML escape characters. It's been fixed in the new version. If you have bookmarks with "_5f" and "_2f" characters, those need to be changed.

http://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/TkSurferGuide_2fTkSurferGeneralUsage_2fTkSurferInterface is a valid link in the old wiki. This is because the old wiki just substituted the characters "_2f" for a forward slash "/". However the same page ( http://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/TkSurferGuide_2fTkSurferGeneralUsage_2fTkSurferInterface ) doesn't work in the new wiki. Instead if you give just http://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/TkSurferGuide/TkSurferGeneralUsage/TkSurferInterface it works.. and incidentally it works in the old wiki as well.

Similar problem if your bookmarks have "_5f" character, which is a replacement for underscore "_". Example: http://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/tksurfer_5flabeledit is http://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/tksurfer_labeledit in the new wiki.

FswikiUpgrade (last edited 2008-05-19 21:47:39 by KrishSubramaniam)