Release status: beta
|Implementation||Link markup, Tag, Database, Page action|
|Description||Flowchartwiki creates flowcharts from the links between wikipages in a category and can be used for process modelling and process documentation.|
|Last version||1.2.0 (Dec 28th, 2010)|
|MediaWiki||tested with 1.16|
|License||GPL 2 or later|
|Example||see http://www.flowchartwiki.org for a demo, sample processes and full documentation.|
|Check usage and version matrix|
Flowchartwiki is an extension to MediaWiki for creating flowcharts from the links between wikipages in a category to support process modelling and process documentation in MediaWiki. This simplifies the self-organizing of teams and processes.
Each process-step is a wikipage and based on the tagged links between the wikipages and a type assigned to a wikipage, a flowchart diagram is created automatically. This keeps the diagram always up to date and reduces manual maintenance. The Diagram itself is clickable to simplify the navigation in the wiki. A hierarchy of Processes is supported.
In comparison to popular office software, all users of the wiki can simultaneously access the process model and keep it up to date.
New in 1.2.0 
- Bugfix by Hiroyuki S.: long pagenames in fchw_LoadPages() (new since 1.2.0-beta2)
- Include a link to the category-page on top of the graph, if customizing has a Page-Type "Category".
- Position all Pages that have no Level::xxxx assigned at the bottom of the graph, sorted in alphabetical order.
- PHP 5.3 compatibility
- some more, see CHANGES.
How MediaWiki can be used to model processes:
- Process = Category Page
- Process-Step = Wiki Page
- tagged Wiki-Links
- Result: clickable graph
By adding a few special tags to category and wiki pages, a graph is created from the links between these pages.
Add these tags to a category page:
<CategoryBrowser /> [[ModelType::Process]]
- The CategoryBrowser tag creates and displays the clickable flowchart on the category page.
- The Modeltype tag selects the type of diagrams used for the process (fully customizable).
Add these tags to the individual wikipage (besides the usual Category Tag).
<CategoryBrowser /> [[NextStep::Download]] <Dependencies /> [[Type::ProcessStep]] [[PageName::Different_Name_in_Graph]] [[Level::100]]
CategoryBrowsertag creates and displays the flowchart on the wikipage and highlights the current page in the graph.
NextStep::Downloadtags the link to the "Download" wikipage in the process.
Dependenciestag is a special version of "What links here" and shows a list of links from and to this page - including the type of the links.
Type::ProcessStepdefines the type of this process step and determines the shape type and color used in the graph. The shape types and colors are customizable.
PageName::Different_Name_in_Graphis optional and overrides the default usage of the Name of the WikiPage with the "Different_Name_in_Graph".
Level::100is a hint to the graphing-algorithm (graphviz) on where to place the process step in the graph.
Download instructions 
Installation and upgrading instructions can be found on flowchartwiki.org. A .pdf document (created by using pdfbook) with the installation-instructions from the website is also included in the flowchartwiki download.
See also 
- FlowchartWiki uses an extended/modified version of the Extension:Pdf Book extension that exports the whole process documentation including the graph images. It can be downloaded from the flowchartwiki.org download page as a separate file.
- The Graphviz Extension Extension:GraphViz is not required, but the GraphViz Software needs to be installed.