Current wiki limitations with regards to images
- Images are handled as a bunch of pixels in mediaWiki (through standard such as PNG, JPEG, GIF ...).
- No easy way to update/edit an image from the wiki. Static piece of information if you don't have a suitable editor to modify the image.
- No way to have a look at differences between versions of a given image.
A new way to handle images/drawings
- Use a text-based drawing language to benefit from the wiki history mechanism.
- provide within the wiki a way to view/edit the image/drawing.
- Drawing description would be SVG based and stored on a standard wiki page.
- PNG, JPEG, GIF images can be handled within SVG.
- Java Applet embedded into the wiki page where the image has to be shown.
- The applet can switch back and forth between two modes (Viewing/Editing). Once edited, the new SVG file can be saved on its Wiki page.
- Can be used to replace powerpoint-like graph.
- allow collaborative annotations over real experimental data (gels, culture plates, random pictures).
- this xml-type/applet-based architecture could be easily extended to other features (graph, gene annotations, ...)