The CITES Wiki service has a thousand and one uses. It’s great for committee work, collaborative writing, information-sharing, student projects, group work in classes, and so on and so on. You can edit and comment on document in a simple interface that’s available anywhere the Web touches.
Many people like to compose in Microsoft Word, and to create their tables in Excel. You might also want a format for your final documents that doesn’t look like a Wiki.
You might not know that you can turn wiki pages into other kinds of documents and also do the same in reverse. This blog posting will show you how simple it is.
First, decide where the new document will appear on your wiki space. Let’s start with a Wiki page (mine’s called coffee, because I like coffee). Go to the Tools menu in the upper-right, choose Import Word Document. On the next page you can browse to find your document (mine is called wikis_expanded.doc). Click Next and you’ll see all your options.
You can either replace a wiki page that already exists (for example, if you’ve already built up your wiki and you’re already linking to “coffee”) or create a new page.
Data in Excel can be copied into a word document (loosing the formulae but retaining formatting) and then converted into a wiki page.
Sure, you can just upload files as attachments, but you might find it useful to have the option of viewing quickly on a Webpage without downloading an attachment, and also have the option of editing or commenting on documents within the wiki itself, and other functions like Revision History can come in handy.
You can also move in the opposite direction, and let wiki content circulate in other forms, like Word documents, or PDFs, or a complete website. Say for example your students created impressive wiki pages that they might want to sue as part of a portfolio later. I have also worked with groups who used the wiki to collaborate and then invited stakeholders to review and comment on the content created. Next, when they were ready to publish their work, they exported the space to HTML and added it to their department’s public Website.
Here’s what to do. Go to the Browse menu in the upper-left of an page in your wiki space, and choose Advanced. Next, under Export on the right of the next page, select “PDF Export” or “HTML Export.” This will show you a tree all the pages in your space, and you can un-check what you don’t want to export, of just do the whole thing.
Here is a Wiki site page before and after being exported to HTML. All the formatting, internal and external links, and images come through safely.
Wait. There’s more. You can also quickly export any single page. When you on that page, go to the Tools menu on the right-hand side, and choose “Export to Word” or “Export to PDF.”