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[Image.]  "Wiki" is derived from a Hawaiian word (wikiwiki) meaning "quick". [1]  So "wiki markup" is "quick markup" and a "wiki site" is a "quick site".  This refers to the abbreviated MediaWiki syntax which allows for the rapid development of many webpages in the form of wikipages.  MediaWiki was originally designed for developing a collaboratively-edited public encyclopedia (Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia), requiring many people to make many edits to many pages in a short time. [2]  Pictured is an example of MediaWiki markup showing the elimination of HTML chevrons for a level-two heading. [3]  This cuts in half the number of typed characters needed to create a heading.

The homepage for Nicole Sharp's Website has been moved from




Both of these indexpages can now be accessed from


This change in the homepage represents a shift from a web-first (HTML-first) development model to a wiki-first (MEDIAWIKI-first) development model.  Previously, NikkiWiki was a secondary site intended for notes or incomplete works compiled in wikimarkup before being (re)published in webmarkup (HTML or hypertext markup language) on the main site.  But this just ends up as twice the work.  Other Wikimedia MediaWiki sites such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Wikisource prove that MediaWiki is more than capable of handling completed works including those with complex content and simply using a wiki as a "quicknotes" system is an underutilization. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]  A traditional HTML website or homepage is thus unnecessary if a wiki is present on the domain.  The exception of course is for a wikifarm where no single wiki is primary, as seen with the HTML homepages for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. [10]

A major advantage of abandoning webdevelopment in pure HTML in favor of MediaWiki wikimarkup is for intercompatibility with other MediaWiki sites such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Wikiversity.  Wikitext can be freely copied to and from NikkiWiki and Wikimedia (with attribution) since both are using the same software (Wikimedia MediaWiki) and the same license (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike). [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

historical homepages

Nicole Sharp's Website was originally published in as "personal.frostburg.edu/nlsharp0".  Other historical homepages include the following:

  1. http://personal.frostburg.edu/nlsharp0/
  2. http://nicolesharp.altervista.org/
  3. https://www.nicolesharp.net/

see also


  1. https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=wiki
  2. wikipedia:MediaWiki
  3. commons:category:wiki markup
  4. https://www.wikimedia.org/
  5. mw:Main Page
  6. mw:sites using MediaWiki
  7. wikipedia:Main Page
  8. wikibooks:Main Page
  9. wikisource:en:Main Page
  10. https://www.wikipedia.org/
  11. about NikkiWiki
  12. MediaWiki
  13. NikkiLicense
  14. https://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
  15. https://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
  16. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License


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