Help:Editing quickstart

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Here's just the basic wiki markup you'll most commonly use.

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How to add a new page

To add a new page to the wiki, you just click edit on the page you want to link from, then type the title of your page and surround it with two square brackets.

For example, if you want to add a new page called My New Page, you would type:

[[My New Page]]

You will see:

My New Page

... show as a red link, meaning the page does not yet exist. Just click the red link and start typing in your new page content.

Organizing your writing -- sections, paragraphs, lists and lines

What it looks like What you type
Sections and subsections

Start sections with header lines


New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

  • Start with a second-level heading (==); don't use first-level headings (=).
  • Don't skip levels (for example, second-level followed by fourth-level).
  • A table of contents will automatically be added to an article that has four or more sections.

== New section ==

=== Subsection ===

==== Sub-subsection ====

A single newline has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph, or ends a list or indented part.

You can make the wikitext more readable by putting in newlines.


A single
newline
has no
effect on the
layout.

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
You can break lines

without starting a new paragraph.

You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Unordered Lists are easy to do:
    • start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
  • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course
  • you can
  • start again.
* Unordered Lists are easy to do:
** start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
*A newline
*in a list  
marks the end of the list.
*Of course
*you can
*start again.

  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A newline
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A newline
#in a list  
marks the end of the list.
#New numbering starts
#with 1.

Links, URLs

Internal links

General notes:

  • Enclose the target name in double square brackets -- "[[" and "]]"
  • First letter of target name is automatically capitalized
  • Spaces are represented as underscores (but don't do underscores yourself)
  • Links to nonexistent pages are shown in red.
  • When the mouse cursor "hovers" over the link, you see a "hover box" containing... hover over links bellow to see.
What it looks like What you type
Basic

Sue is reading the official position (or Official positions).

Sue is reading the 
[[official position]]
(or [[Official position]]s).

Piped link

Use a pipe "|" to create a link label:

*[[Help:Link|About Links]]
Links to nonexistent pages

The weather in London is a page that doesn't exist yet.

  • You can create it by clicking on the link.
[[The weather in London]] is a page
that doesn't exist yet.
Link to yourself

Please "sign" comments on talk pages:

Your user name: Karl Wick
Your user name plus timestamp: Karl Wick 08:10 Oct 5, 2002 (UTC)
Five tildes give a timestamp: 17:55, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

The server will fill in the link after you save.

Please "sign" comments on talk pages:
: Your user name: ~~~
: Your user name plus timestamp: ~~~~
: Five tildes give a timestamp: ~~~~~

External links

Nupedia, [1]
[http://www.nupedia.com Nupedia],
[http://www.nupedia.com]
Email Example,

mailto:email@example.com

[mailto:email@example.com Email Example],
[mailto:email@example.com]
Or just give the URL: http://www.nupedia.com.
  • In the URL all symbols must be among: A-Z a-z 0-9 ._\/~%- &#?!=()@ \x80-\xFF. If a URL contains a different character it should be converted; for example, ^ has to be written ^ (to be looked up in ASCII). A blank space can also be converted into an underscore.
Or just give the URL:
http://www.nupedia.com.

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Text formatting -- controlling how it looks

What it looks like What you type

Emphasize (italics), strongly (bold), very strongly (bold italics). (These are double and triple apostrophes, not double quotes.)

Note: this can also be applied to links (e.g., Wikipedia).

''Emphasize'', '''strongly''',
'''''very strongly'''''.

''[[Wikipedia]]''
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