An organization has a vast number of MS Word documents. Pertinent MS Word features include:
- Simplicity: just edit and go (WYSIWYG).
- Track changes.
- Visual table editor.
There are a number of issues with MS Word:
- Inability to easily change the look and feel of all documents simultaneously.
- Revisions are dated and recorded manually (usually a table near the start of the document).
- No revision control (cannot easily compare differences, nor roll back).
- Cannot easily embed document fragments.
- Cannot readily search all documents without a content management system.
- Directory structure is often used as a poor CMS substitute.
Migrating the documentation from MS Word to a web-based system should be fast, simple, and as automated as possible.
Although MediaWiki addresses many of these issues, its VisualEditor is missing critical functionality that would make the transition from MS Word frustrating, time-consuming, and painful, such as:
- its table editor does not yet exist;
- document editing has a cluttered user interface; and
- the simplicity of track changes is not available.
- uses a visual editor
- includes an advanced in-browser table editor
- has a simple user interface
- provides an easy way to track changes
- allows for comments, notes, and suggestions
- can include snippets from other wiki pages (single source!)
- generates Markdown that pandoc can use
- is cross-browser compatible (IE9+, Chrome, FF30+)
- is FOSS or available for self-hosting
- optionally, provides a facility to transfer document version history (author and date)
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