The RHUL Physics Department TWiki web is a web-based collaboration tool.

RHUL Physics Department TWiki is a cgi-bin script written in Perl. It reads a text file, hyperlinks it and converts it to HTML on the fly. The point is to:

  • make the text editing process very simple ( click on the Edit link at the bottom of the page )
  • and to find information fast ( WebSearch ).

In addition to being quick, RHUL Physics Department TWiki also aspires to Zen ideals generally labeled WabiSabi. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, that's all you need.

What does the name TWiki stand for?

  • Wiki wiki means quick in Hawai'ian. They call the shuttle at the Honolulu airport the wiki wiki bus.
  • TWiki is the short form of TakeFive Wiki . (Later on I found out that Twiki is the name of a robot in a Buck Rogers TV show in 1979)

RHUL Physics Department TWiki is one of many WikiWikiClones; the first one was built by Wiki:WardCummingham,

Topics of interest:


  • RHUL Physics Department TWiki automatically signs new pages with your WikiName in case RHUL Physics Department TWiki is running on an Intranet where you log in. In case your RHUL Physics Department TWiki installation does not authenticate users, RHUL Physics Department TWiki does not know about user names, all contributors have the user name TWikiGuest.
  • TWiki's source code is available upon request, see
  • This RHUL Physics Department TWiki version is TWiki-6.1.0, Mon, 16 Jul 2018, build 30610 .

-- PeterThoeny - 09 Nov 2000

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