Ward Cunningham

As I write this I have lived with and incrementally improved federated wiki for six years. Before that I had come to the belief that the looseness of wiki might make for a better match with distributed computers than the strict guarantees of, say, a database. Federated wiki, here just wiki, is the reduction to practice of these ideas.

Our most essential discovery in practice has been the substitution into hypertext of a history sensitive link. This embodies the original idea of a trail and the interpretive process dubbed trail climbing.

Web technology evolve since this implementation began. Both html5 and Snowden have had their impacts. We respond. And we write in this wiki every day. Have a look.