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Beautify Instiki (even more) with custom CSS
Merlin Mann | Oct 9 2004
You probably already know about Instiki. It’s is a terrific, elegant, beautiful wiki that I personally use for half a dozen of my own projects. I’ll probably run a longer post on Instiki some time in the future, but I can especially recommend the OS X install for Mac users. If you have a server that can handle Ruby 1.8.1, I can equally recommend the regular Ruby install. The app is gorgeous and works swell either way.
One of my favorite things about Instiki is how attractive and simple it is to use (PHPWiki, you’ll always be my first love, but sometimes, you’re just too high-maintenance). Instiki even lets you apply your own custom style sheets without having to change any actual code (Dear Typepad: Please steal this idea. Love, Merlin.). Here’s a quick tip for adding your own styles to your Instiki wiki.
Hint: Here, as in most cases, it’s really easier to just refer to an external style sheet, so you can make changes in a text editor (rather than having to diddle around in a textarea and repeatedly save changes). I welcome you to swipe my “hamburger helper” Instiki style sheet to get you started. You’re also welcome to just link to it as is (proviso: may go away some day without warning). To apply it to your wiki:
Note: There are many many other swell wiki packages out there (I estimate that three new ones have been released since I started writing this). Mac users who want something even simpler should definitely look at VoodooPad, which brings a fairly robust, very intuitive wiki to a desktop Mac app. Fave feature? Export all your pages to your iPod. Neato!
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