Hi,
I feel the “purpose of web server in zim” should be enhanced. Thanks Martin, for bringing this up. I have an entirely different usage with the notes in Zim Wiki – it is to inform a large & diverse audience. Currently I make do with the “export to HTML” format and am trying to learn CSS etc quickly to make a nicer, bolder format suitable for display projectors.


I like the comments of Andreas, and hope I can do similarly. But it would be rather nice if the HTML “export” formats could be utilized by the internal-webserver.

So the request is to enhance this feature in the next version(s).

When you can make such elegant, nicely organized notes what is the point of restricting access? Information when organized well tends to become knowledge (that is an overstatement, I am sure; but am just trying to draw attention to the “web-server” and “export” functions).

Sajid
On Wednesday 07 January 2015 03:18 PM, Marco Cevoli wrote:
I totally agree with Andreas. I also use this feature from time to time and I think it's quite useful.

Marco Cevoli

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:40 AM, WEHLER Andreas <andreas.weh...@thalesgroup.com <mailto:andreas.weh...@thalesgroup.com>> wrote:

    Hello Martin.

    The local Web-Server is an additional nifty feature.

    We are using zim books heavily for cooperation. We often copy /
    paste / merge
    zim contents around between different personal and shared zim books.

    But there are also workmates that don't (yet) use zim books. In
    situations
    where those people temporarily need actual infos from my local zim
    books
    in a read only manner (think of remote support use case) I just
    give them access
    to the local zim book via the built in WEB Server facility.
    Exporting a snapshot
    version access via some html-server on some other host is tedious
    in this case.

    This exception proves the rule that by definition - as you have
    correctly stated -
    there is NO ACCESS to my local desktop wiki.

    So, please, just ignore features that you for yourself are probably
    not going to use.

    Best regards,

       Andreas



    On 04.01.2015 00:44, Martin Vegter wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am starting to use Zim as my personal wiki. I have chosen Zim
    after a
    > long and painful selection process, because Zim fit best my idea
    of a
    > personal wiki, and it seemed to be lightweight and minimalistic.
    >
    > Now when I am getting to know Zim better, I am a bit
    > surprised/disapointed that Zim comes with a build-in webserver.
    >
    > I know that the webserver is not running by default. But the sole
    > existence of the webserver makes me question the underlying
    philosophy
    > of zim development.
    >
    > A personal wiki is by definition personal, not public. There are
    plenty
    > of collaborative, web-server based wikis for shared content editing.
    >
    > I see a dividing line between a personal wiki and public wiki.
    Both have
    > their applications and uses, but should be kept separate.
    >
    > I find it alarming that there is a button in the menu, which when
    > clicked, publishes my personal wiki on 0.0.0.0:8080
    <http://0.0.0.0:8080>. It is unlikely that
    > I would click it by mistake, and even then, I still have 8080
    blocked by
    > firewall. But nevertheless there is something in me that does
    not like
    > this idea even in theory.
    >
    > I would like to kindly suggest to re-evaluate the decision of
    whether it
    > is a good idea to integrate a webserver into Zim.
    >
    > In the meantime, what would be the best way for me to disable the
    > webserver on my machine?
    >
    > remove zim/gui/server.py and delete the following line from
    > zim/gui/__init__.py ?
    > ('show_server_gui', None, _('Start _Web Server'), '', '', True),
    # T:
    > Menu item
    >
    >
    > I hope you appreciate my feedback
    >
    > regards,
    > Martin Vegter
    >
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