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Help:Wiki/Editing A Page

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Any logged in member can easily edit any unprotected page and have those changes posted immediately to that page.

Introduction

Editing a page is simple. Simply click on the edit tab at the top of a Wiki page (or on a section-edit link). This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original page. If you just want to experiment, please do so in the sandbox. You should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box and when you have finished, press the Show preview button to see how your changes will look. You can also see the difference between the page with your edits and the previous version of the page by pressing the Show changes button. If you're satisfied with what you see, be bold and press the Save page button. Your changes will immediately be visible to other members.

You can also click on the discussion tab to see the corresponding talk page, which contains comments about the page from other members. Click on the "+" tab to add a new section, or edit the page in the same way as an article page.

You should remember to sign your messages on talk pages and some special-purpose project pages, but you should not sign edits you make to regular articles. In page histories, the MediaWiki software keeps track of which user makes each change.

Minor Edits

When editing an article page you can mark your edit as being "minor". Minor edits generally mean spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearrangement of text. It is possible to hide minor edits when viewing the recent changes. Marking a significant change as a minor edit is considered bad behavior, especially when it involves the deletion of some text. If you accidentally mark an edit as minor, you should edit the source once more, mark it major (or, rather, ensure that the check-box for "This is a minor edit" is not checked), and, in the summary, state that the previous change was a major one.

Wiki Markup

The wiki markup is the syntax system you can use to format a MediaWiki page. MediaWiki is also used by Wikipedia so if you are familiar with editing Wikipedia articles you can use the exact same markup here on our wiki.

The following tables is taken from WikiMedia with some minor adjustments. In the left column, you can see what effects are possible. In the right column, you can see how those effects were achieved. In other words, to make text look like it looks in the left column, type it in the format you see in the right column.

You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference. If you want to try out things without danger of doing any harm, you can do so in the sandbox. Try opening the sandbox in a separate window or tab and keeping this page open for reference.

Basic text formatting

What it looks like What you type

You can emphasize text by putting two apostrophes on each side. Three apostrophes will emphasize it strongly. Five apostrophes is even stronger.

You can ''emphasize text'' by putting two
apostrophes on each side. Three apostrophes
will emphasize it '''strongly'''. Five
apostrophes is '''''even stronger'''''.

A single newline has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

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.
Please use this sparingly.

You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.<br>
Please use this sparingly.

You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:

Three tildes gives your user name: FFW
Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: FFW 07:46, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
Five tildes gives the date/time alone: 07:46, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:
: Three tildes gives your user name: ~~~
: Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: ~~~~
: Five tildes gives the date/time alone: ~~~~~

You can use HTML tags, too, if you want. Some useful ways to use HTML:

Put text in a typewriter font. The same font is generally used for computer code.

Strike out or underline text, or write it in small caps.

Superscripts and subscripts: x2, x2

Invisible comments that only appear while editing the page. Comments should usually go on the talk page, though.

You can use <b>HTML tags</b>, too, if you
want. Some useful ways to use HTML:

Put text in a <tt>typewriter font</tt>.
The same font is generally used for
<code>computer code</code>.

<strike>Strike out</strike> or
<u>underline</u> text, or write it
<span style="font-variant:small-caps">
in small caps</span>.

Superscripts and subscripts:
x<sup>2</sup>, x<sub>2</sub>

Invisible comments that only appear while editing the page.
<!-- Note to editors: blah blah blah. -->
Comments should usually go on the talk page, though.

For a list of HTML tags that are allowed, see HTML in wikitext. However, you should avoid HTML in favor of Wiki markup whenever possible.

Organizing your writing

What it looks like What you type

Section headings

Headings organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.


Subsection

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.


A smaller subsection

Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs. Start with two equals signs; don't use single equals signs.

== Section headings ==

''Headings'' organize your writing into sections.
The Wiki software can automatically generate
a table of contents from them.

=== Subsection ===

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

==== A smaller subsection ====

Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.
Start with two equals signs; don't use single equals signs.
  • Unordered lists are easy to do:
    • Start every line with a star.
      • More stars indicate a deeper level.
  • 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 indicate a deeper level.
* 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

A newline marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts with 1.
# ''Numbered lists'' are also good:
## Very organized
## Easy to follow
A newline marks the end of the list.
# New numbering starts with 1.

Another kind of list is a definition list:

word 
definition of the word
here is a longer phrase that needs a definition
phrase defined
a word 
with a definition
that requires
multiple paragraphs
Another kind of list is a ''definition list'':
; word : definition of the word
; here is a longer phrase that needs a definition
: phrase defined
; a word : with a definition
: that requires
: multiple paragraphs
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
    2. inside each other
      • or break lines
        in lists.
      definition lists
      can be
      nested too
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*# inside each other
*#* or break lines<br>in lists.
*#; definition lists
*#: can be 
*#;; nested too
A colon indents a line or paragraph.

A newline after that starts a new paragraph.

This is often used for discussion on Talk pages.
: A colon indents a line or paragraph.
A newline after that starts a new paragraph.
:: This is often used for discussion on talk pages.

You can make horizontal dividing lines to separate text.


But you should usually use sections instead, so that they go in the table of contents.

You can make horizontal dividing lines
to separate text.
----
But you should usually use sections instead,
so that they go in the table of contents.

Links

You will often want to make clickable links to other pages.

What it looks like What you type

Here's a link to a page named Utada Hikaru. You can even say Utada Hikaru's page and the link will show up correctly.

Here's a link to a page named [[Utada Hikaru]].
You can even say [[Utada Hikaru]]'s page
and the link will show up correctly.

You can put formatting around a link. Example: Hamasaki Ayumi.

You can put formatting around a link.
Example: ''[[Hamasaki Ayumi]]''.

The first letter of articles is automatically capitalized, so oricon goes to the same place as Oricon. Capitalisation matters after the first letter.

The ''first letter'' of articles is automatically capitalized,
so [[oricon]] goes to the same place as [[Oricon]].
Capitalisation matters after the first letter.

The weather in London is a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link (but please don't).

[[The weather in London]] is a page that doesn't exist
yet. You could create it by clicking on the link (but please don't).

You can link to a page section by its title:

If multiple sections have the same title, add a number. #Example section 3 goes to the third section named "Example section".

You can link to a page section by its title:

*[[Hiroko_Shimabukuro#Albums]].

If multiple sections have the same title, add
a number. [[#Example section 3]] goes to the
third section named "Example section".

You can make a link point to a different place with a piped link. Put the link target first, then the pipe character "|", then the link text.

You can make a link point to a different place
with a [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Piped_link piped link]. Put the link
target first, then the pipe character "|", then
the link text.

*[[Help:Wiki/Style_Guidelines|Style guidelines]]
*[[Hiroko_Shimabukuro#Albums|Hiroko Shimabukuro's Albums]]

You can make an external link just by typing a URL: http://www.google.com

You can give it a title: Google

Or leave the title blank: [1]

You can make an external link just by typing a URL:
http://www.google.com

You can give it a title:
[http://www.google.com Google]

Or leave the title blank:
[http://www.google.com]

You can redirect the user to another page.

#REDIRECT [[SPEED]]

Category links don't show up, but add the page to a category.

Add an extra colon to actually link to the category: Category:Example

[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Category Category links] don't show up, but add the page
to a category. [[Category:Example]]

Add an extra colon to actually link to the category:
[[:Category:Example]]

The Wiki reformats linked dates to match the reader's date preferences. These three dates will show up the same if you choose a format in your Preferences:

The Wiki reformats linked dates to match the reader's date
preferences. These three dates will show up the same if you
choose a format in your [[Special:Preferences|]]:
* [[July 20]], [[1969]]
* [[20 July]] [[1969]]
* [[1969]]-[[07-20]]

Just show what I typed

A few different kinds of formatting will tell the Wiki to display things as you typed them.

What it looks like What you type
<nowiki> tags

The nowiki tag ignores [[Wiki]] ''markup''. It reformats text by removing newlines and multiple spaces. It still interprets special characters: →

<nowiki>
The nowiki tag ignores [[Wiki]] ''markup''.
It reformats text by removing newlines    and multiple spaces.
It still interprets special characters: &rarr;
</nowiki>
<pre> tags
The pre tag ignores [[Wiki]] ''markup''.
It also doesn't     reformat text.
It still interprets special characters: →
<pre>
The pre tag ignores [[Wiki]] ''markup''.
It also doesn't     reformat text.
It still interprets special characters: &rarr;
</pre>
Leading spaces

Leading spaces are another way to preserve formatting.

Putting a space at the beginning of each line
stops the text   from being reformatted. It still
interprets Wiki markup and special
characters: →
Leading spaces are another way to preserve formatting.

 Putting a space at the beginning of each line
 stops the text   from being reformatted. It still
 interprets Wiki ''markup'' and special
 characters: &rarr;

Images and tables

This is a very quick introduction. For more information, see:

What it looks like What you type

A picture, including alternate text:

A YesAsia button

You can put the image in a frame with a caption:

A YesAsia button
A picture, including alternate text:

[[Image:YesAsiaGlobal.gif|A YesAsia button]]

You can put the image in a frame with a caption:
[[Image:YesAsiaGlobal.gif|frame|A YesAsia button]]

A link to the wiki page for the image: Image:YesAsiaGlobal.gif

Or a link directly to the image itself: Media:YesAsiaGlobal.gif

A link to wiki page for the image:
[[:Image:YesAsiaGlobal.gif]]

Or a link directly to the image itself:
[[Media:YesAsiaGlobal.gif]]
This is
a table
{| border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"
! This
! is
|- 
| a
| table
|}


Special characters

Now that Mediawiki supports UTF-8, many of these can be entered directly into articles, without the HTML markup. On many wikis, a tool appears under the edit box to make this easier. See WikiMedia's help page.

Umlauts and accents:
À Á Â Ã Ä Å
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù
Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
û ü ÿ


&Agrave; &Aacute; &Acirc; &Atilde; &Auml; &Aring;
&AElig; &Ccedil; &Egrave; &Eacute; &Ecirc; &Euml;
&Igrave; &Iacute; &Icirc; &Iuml; &Ntilde; &Ograve;
&Oacute; &Ocirc; &Otilde; &Ouml; &Oslash; &Ugrave;
&Uacute; &Ucirc; &Uuml; &szlig; &agrave; &aacute;
&acirc; &atilde; &auml; &aring; &aelig; &ccedil;
&egrave; &eacute; &ecirc; &euml; &igrave; &iacute;
&icirc; &iuml; &ntilde; &ograve; &oacute; &ocirc;
&oelig; &otilde; &ouml; &oslash; &ugrave; &uacute;
&ucirc; &uuml; &yuml;

Punctuation:
¿ ¡ « » § ¶
† ‡ • - – —


&iquest; &iexcl; &laquo; &raquo; &sect; &para;
&dagger; &Dagger; &bull; &ndash; &mdash;

Commercial symbols:
™ © ® ¢ € ¥ £ ¤


&trade; &copy; &reg; &cent; &euro; &yen; &pound; &curren;

Greek characters:

α β γ δ ε ζ
η θ ι κ λ μ ν
ξ ο π ρ σ ς
τ υ φ χ ψ ω
Γ Δ Θ Λ Ξ Π
Σ Φ Ψ Ω


&alpha; &beta; &gamma; &delta; &epsilon; &zeta;
&eta; &theta; &iota; &kappa; &lambda; &mu; &nu;
&xi; &omicron; &pi; &rho; &sigma; &sigmaf;
&tau; &upsilon; &phi; &chi; &psi; &omega;
&Gamma; &Delta; &Theta; &Lambda; &Xi; &Pi;
&Sigma; &Phi; &Psi; &Omega;

Math characters:
∫ ∑ ∏ √ − ± ∞
≈ ∝ ≡ ≠ ≤ ≥
× · ÷ ∂ ′ ″
∇ ‰ ° ∴ ø
∈ ∩ ∪ ⊂ ⊃ ⊆ ⊇
¬ ∧ ∨ ∃ ∀ ⇒ ⇔
→ ↔ ↑ ↓


&int; &sum; &prod; &radic; &minus; &plusmn; &infin;
&asymp; &prop; &equiv; &ne; &le; &ge;
&times; &middot; &divide; &part; &prime; &Prime;
&nabla; &permil; &deg; &there4; &oslash;
&isin; &cap; &cup; &sub; &sup; &sube; &supe;
&not; &and; &or; &exist; &forall; &rArr; &hArr;
&rarr; &harr; &uarr; &darr;

Problem symbols:
ℵ ∉


&alefsym; &notin;