See also the purpose of this Wiki.
Like any other web site, you can go through these pages by clicking and following hyperlinks. There are a number of ways links show up:
You can also see a list of Recent Changes , which is maintained automatically, or Search for words in page titles or even through the full text. Other places to start from are likely to spring up soon, as people start to add more information and adding lists they find useful, such as a list of people, called Tcl'ers.
In addition, searching the wiki via Google can also be useful. For example try typing "welcome visitors site:wiki.tcl.tk" in the Google search box or http://www.google.com/search?q=welcome+visitors+site%3Awiki.tcl.tk in the address box of your browser. Then try replacing the "welcome visitors" part with whatever keywords you like.
But you'll miss out on half the fun if you don't enter "edit mode" - because that's what makes a Wiki unique: everyone with a web browser can edit the contents of these pages, and create new pages!
Every page has an "Edit" link at the bottom. A few notes on editing:
Adding a brand new page
After a period (which may be 0 minutes long ;) of reading and occasionally adding comments, you will eventually (we hope) reach the point where you want to add a new page. To do this is as:
Anyone can alter anything
That's right: you can alter anything on any of these pages. With this extreme freedom and power, comes the responsibility to respect what others have written. Fixing typos is likely to be appreciated everywhere, whereas removing major pieces of another person's writing for no apparent reason (or for an arbitrary and/or capricious reason) is frowned upon... If you do this, we will find ways to cast a virtual spell on you... :o)
Does that mean everything you enter could also be gone the next minute? Yes and no: yes, it may disappear from the page - no, it's never really gone. This Wiki (which is based on Wikit) tracks the full history of changes, including the IP address of the machine from which the change was made - so we have a basic indication of who changed what. Although the feature to recall previous versions of a page has not yet been implemented, the information is already there. The plan is to allow you to view older versions of a page, and to copy and paste things back in if text has disappeared for the wrong reasons. For instance, there is the wikidiff service now available, to look at recent changes to pages.
This history mechanism also solves another aspect of Wikis, i.e. that when two people edit a page at the same time, only the last change will show up. Though probably rare, it does happen. With history recall (and hopefully some form of change highlighting), one can go back and pick up what was accidentally overwritten because of this.
You are cordially invited...
... to participate in this new form of collaboration called the Tcler's Wiki. Wiki is a more direct and creative way of defining a website together than anything else I know. It will become as much a Tcl resource as what we make of it. The Wiki concept is new for all of us, and my impression is that everyone involved so far already has a lot of fun with this. If you have an idea, and want to share it, or discuss it, or find support for it, you can set up a page and start a discussion - instantly. Also, whenever you run into broken links or stale information on this Wiki, you can go in yourself and improve and extend what's there.
If you're interested in where this Wiki is located, how it is run, what hardware and software it is based on (Tcl, of course!), or how to get a copy of its contents, check the page about this site.
As with any new enabling technology, there are truckloads of new ideas waiting to hatch - on the implementation side as well as on the contents side of this new adventure called Wiki ... -- JC