An Atom-Powered Wiki

Joe Gregorio

My latest article, An Atom-Powered Wiki, is now available at In this article I cover the steps needed to create an Atom Enabled wiki, paying attention in particular to the character encoding issues. As Sam Ruby has pointed out character encoding may be the number one cause of ill-formed feeds. The code for both the client and the server are both available as downloads from the live version of the wiki I describe in the article. If you feel so inclined you can download the client and test it against the wiki for yourself, just make sure that you have the unicode enabled version of wxWidgets (nee wxWindows).

At the end of the article I cover two of the most glaring issues with the implementation, first that the 'issued' element is not information that is currently stored in PikiPiki, but since the 'issued' element is required we just used the 'modified' time in it's place.

The second rough spot that was covered is that there is no way to detect before hand which types of content an AtomAPI server will accept in a 'content' element. There is an entry on the Atom Wiki dealing with just this issue of negotiating the type of content a server will accept. These were the two of the biggest issues, but there are more and they are covered in a fairly comprehensive page on applying the Atom API to wikis that, un-ironically, is available on the Atom Wiki.

Great stuff! Exactly the kind of thing needed to find out where Atom's currently lacking, and a good read too ;-)

I'd be interested to see how easily the system could be modified for InterWiki purposes - a bunch of folks are talking about using XHTML as the standard interop language between Wikis (with different WikiMarkup). Hopefully this would make a reasonable Atom payload...

Anyhow, keep up the good work.

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Posted by Danny on 2004-04-15

PPS. ...and how about SVG as a payload?

Posted by Danny on 2004-04-15

The actual files don't seem to be available anymore - have they been moved elsewhere?

Posted by Rui Carmo on 2005-04-27

Sorry about that, the link was broken. I have now fixed it. The files are available at

Posted by Joe on 2005-04-27

Many thanks. I'll look into those (I've been thinking of doing a Wiki with an Atom file store, and this will help me cut through most of the red tape ;))

Posted by Rui Carmo on 2005-04-27

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