One of the great thing about a Wiki is the simplicity with which it can be edited. You don't need to know HTML code to edit an article, all you need to know is English and a simple wiki code. Best of all, you don't even need to register or log in to edit articles.
Getting Started Edit
To start editing an article, you need to click on the edit button, which is at the top of each page. Once you get to the editing screen you will see the editing box. The editing box is where you will type your text.
Just type the text as you would on a word processor. You can also type in the simple wiki code to format text, make links, add pictures, and so on. There are also buttons above the editing box that add in common wiki code.
If you see something interesting on a page, you can always click the Edit or View Source link at the top to see how it was done. Feel free to copy, paste, and edit!
Basic Editing Edit
- Bold button. This button will make highlighted text bold. Another way to make text bold is to put three apostrophes (single quotes) on each side of the text you want bold.
- Italic button. This button will make highlighted text italic. Another way to make text italic is to put two apostrophes (single quotes) on each side of the text you want italicized.
- Internal link button. This button will link a word to an article of the same name inside Wiki 24. Another way to create an internal link is to put [[Link title]] around the word you want to make a link.
| Advanced techniques: Adding a pipe ( | ) allows you to control how the link appears.|
For instance, this: [[Jurassic Park (film)|first film]] will appear on the page as this: first film.
You can also use a pipe to hide anything before a colon or in parenthesis. This can be useful when linking to pages with disambiguation tags.
To link to a page section, add a pound sign and the heading, like so:
- External link button. This button will make a link to an external web page. Another way to create an external link is to put [http://www.example.com] around the website address.
| Advanced technique: Instead of using a pipe, use a space to control the look of external links.|
For instance, this: [http://www.imdb.com/ Jurassic Park on IMDB] will appear on the page as this: Jurassic Park on IMDB.
- Level 2 Headline button. This button will start a level 2 headline, the biggest headline, used for the top-level sections. Another way to create a Level 2 Headline is to put ==Headline Title== around the headline title.
|Advanced technique: Add more equal signs for smaller headlines. When a page has four or more headlines, it will automatically generate a Table of Contents at the top.|
- Embedded Image button. This button will add an image to your article. Another way to create an Embedded Image is to put [[Image:Example.jpg]] around your image title.
| Advanced technique: Use pipes to add modifiers to the image. Modifiers include thumb, size in pixels (e.g. 200px), left, right, and so on. You can also add a caption.
For instance: [[Image:Example.jpg|200px|right|thumb|This is an example]] will produce an image scaled to 200 pixels, on the right hand side of the page, with "This is an example" as a caption.
- Ignore Wiki Formatting button. This button stops the highlighted text from following the wiki code format. Useful for writing pages like this one.
- Signature button. This button will add your timestamp and the date. Please use this to sign your posts in The Control Room and on Talk pages. You can also type in four tildes: ~~~~
- Horizontal Line button. This button will add a horizontal dividing line on the page. We suggest you use this feature sparingly.
Adding Categories Edit
For a list of categories, see: Categories
To add a category, put something like this at the bottom of the article:
To add more than one category, simply list them all, like so:
[[Category:Jurassic Park III characters]]
Articles are sorted on category pages in alphabetical order. To list an article by a different name (e.g. Grant, Alan), use a pipe: [[Category:Characters|Grant, Alan]]
When adding categories for people, please be sure and use this technique to sort them by surname.
Advanced Editing Edit
- To rename a page, click Move at the top of the page (between History and Watch). Note: You must be logged in to move a page. A redirect page will be created automatically, so moving a page does not break links. The page's history and talk will be moved along with it.
- To revert a page to a previous version:
- Click on the history tab
- Click on the date stamp of the version you want
- Click on the edit tab
- Choose "Save Page." You can also do any editing you want before saving. Either way, it's polite to include a note in the Summary box mentioning that you are reverting the page.
- To suppress the "Edit" links that appear to the right of each heading, add __NOEDITSECTION__ to a page. This is useful for short pages that utilize headers.
- If you have added a picture and there is not enough text to separate one section from another, you can add <br clear="right"> or <br clear="left"> (depending how the picture is aligned) at the end of the text. That will keep the next heading from running into the picture. If there is enough text to separate the sections already, the tag will not add space.
Once you have written your text, you can either save the page or show preview. We suggest that you always choose the show preview button before saving the text. However, remember that whatever happens, you or someone else can always edit your work later.
It may be useful to include an edit summary in the text box, to let others know what you did.