This tool is about as close as I can get to what I want:
- I can share the data via a cloud drive
- I can setup a distinct file for each cluster of data
- bonus: I can view the wiki contents on any device I can install Firefox and the cloud drive onto**
The setup instructions for TiddlyWiki are pretty simple:
- install Firefox
- install the TiddlyFox plugin
- load the wiki file into Firefox
If this is the first time you’ve used TiddlyWiki you can download a blank file from the site, or open up an existing file such as this one: world-book.
Once it’s loaded up, go to the Control Panel icon (the cog) and look around for things to change.
- colour scheme
The workflow for making a world book with TiddlyWiki is the same as for any wiki: make a root page and type in links to pages you want to create.
I will write more about using this particular tool for building up a world book another time. In the meantime, experiment with this file: world-book
This has been going pretty well for me so far after a few hours of use, but I’ve tripped over a few issues.
- editing colour schemes is fiddly.
- synchronisation of the saved file content is seamless from the computer, but pulling it down onto the phone. Forcing the page to reload is not as easy as I would like either.
- Dropbox supports access to previous versions of the file, but the whole file is versioned: there’s no reverting an individual wiki entry
- linking to existing pages requires remembering the names of those pages. There are tools in the UI which help (in fact, more than in TWiki…) but there’s still a lot of error potential
Still, this is a usable little tool with lighter requirements and simpler setup. It won’t do for a collaborative wiki, but for individual data where there’s only one author but multiple authoring locations it seems pretty likely.
At least I don’t feel like I need to take six months off writing to develop DataFrame any more.
[*] which is a name I love just because of the tiddlywinks reference.
[**] I can do this on my phone, but not on my Kindle Fire since there’s no Firefox available on there (at least not through the Amazon app store).