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I have contacted the staff that uses http://eduwiki.wmid.amu.edu.pl/ to teach on my university, and there is an opportunity to make an experiment with the wiki syntax.
We can have two groups of about 30 students each (first year of mathematics and first year of computer science) that will be using a wiki for learning -- mainly for communicating with the teachers and doing their home work. This system actually works since about 2 years and the results are pretty good, the students can operate the wiki easily after one introductory lesson.
Now, we can make them use a different wiki and we can skip the introductory lesson, if desired. The teacher can also require specific things if we want to test them. The experiment can take up to two months, starting with the start of new semester (end of February).
Now, how do we prepare TheStudentExperiment?
After a long and hard discussion on the Change Linebreak Markup Proposal, we have found in an informal vote for line breaks that wiki developers are 50-50 about whether to treat line breaks as line breaks (blog-style) or to ignore single line breaks (wiki-style). So, to keep from dividing the community, we have proposed a compromise where in this specific case, wiki developers can choose which they want to implement while recommending the blog-style variant. Discussion will be extended to 2007-Jan-31 to give people time to raise their opinions.
There is a lot of changes proposed for Creole 0.4, and some of them are interdependent. I will try and list them here, so that we can have a better picture. If I skip something, feel free to add it.
- treat "\n" in paragraphs as space, not as forced line breaks (ChangeLinebreakMarkupProposal);
- have a "forced line break" markup (which one? Talk.Linebreaks);
- start headings with single "=", not double (Talk.Headings);
- allow "}" at the end of nowiki and preformatted blocks (Talk.PreformattedAndNowiki);
- allow forced line break in table cells;
- require whitespace after a bullet in lists (RequireSpaceAfterBulletProposal);
Changes still discussed that seem too immature for 0.4, probably to be proposed for 0.5:
- quoting markup;
- table headings;
- multiline list items;
- indented block markup;
- escape character;
That's just my "impression" of where we stand, but I think it's important to know it. Now, do we just put it into a draft and discuss it as a whole? This version seems to bring a lot of pretty important changes.
Edit: Updated the list according to comments in Talk.News_blogentry_070107_1, added links to porposals and discussions.