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If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 11: Wiki Services

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


Wiki Services

A wiki is a Web application that allows people to add, modify, and delete content. Wikipedia is the most popular example of a wiki, but wikis can be used for knowledge management, documentation, shared process lists, note taking, and more. Unlike blogs, which tend to use a chronological posting approach, wikis have little implicit structure, allowing users to organize the site in any way they want.

Wikis are tremendously flexible, and how you use them is limited only by your imagination. Since wikis are easily accessible from any device that can browse the Web, users can access them from anywhere, at any time.

In an educational setting, because wikis work well even from iOS devices, and since wiki pages include many basic formatting options, a wiki might be the best way for students to collaborate on projects. Plus, because files can be uploaded to a wiki and accessed via WebDAV, I’ve helped a variety of schools set up wiki pages for different classes, enabling students to submit projects for each class and teachers to comment on the work right within the wiki.

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