Editing Articles

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It's very easy to edit the contents of a wiki. It only takes a few clicks.

  • Click the edit page tab at the top of the page.
  • Make changes to the text.
  • Click the Save page button.

Simple as that!


Editor Toolbar

Once inside the edit page for an article, you will see the editor toolbar. It should appear as follows: Editor toolbar.jpg

Bold Text

Bold.jpg - Makes the selected text bold or inserts bold text as <code>"Bold text"</code> if nothing is selected.

Italic Text

Italic.jpg - Makes the selected text appear in italics or inserts italic text as <code>"Italic text"</code> if nothing is selected.

INTERNAL Link

Internal link.jpg - Turns selected text into an internal link to a wiki article by the name of the selected text, or creates an empty link with no text if nothing is selected.

External Link

External link.jpg - Turns selected text into an internal link to a wiki article by the name of the selected text, or creates an empty link with no text if nothing is selected.

Header for New Article Sub-topic

Header.jpg - Makes the selected text appear as a header, or inserts default header if no text is selected.

Use Image

Image.jpg - Inserts default Image tag, which can then be changed to the desired image. <br/> (Note: Images must be uploaded to the Wiki domain server before they can be included in an article.)

Use Media File

Media.jpg - Inserts default Media tag, which can then be changed to the desired media file. <br/> (Note: *Supported* Media Files must be uploaded to the Wiki domain server before they can be included in an article.)

Use Mathematical Equation (LaTeX format)

Math.jpg - Allow text input to be formatted as LaTex mathematical formulas. <br/>

Include Signature (with timestamp)

Signature.jpg - Adds a user's signature + timestamp to an edit.

Horizonal Line Break (spacer)

Hr.jpg - Inserts a horizontal rule (page break, with line across article breaking page into new section... should be used sparringly).



Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting

The number one rule of wiki editing, is to be bold. Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!

In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo/spelling mistakes.

When you need to use some type of formatting e.g. new headings or bold text, you do this using wiki syntax, see Help:Formatting for some of the common types of formatting used.


Edit Summary

Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the Summary box describing your changes. Don't worry too much about this, or spend too much time thinking about it, but try to give a little description of what you just changed e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers".

The summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows people to track changes in the wiki more effectively.


Preview

It's a good idea to use the 'Show preview' button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This is also related to tracking changes because every time you save, this is displayed to others as a separate change. This isn't something to worry about too much, but it's good to get into the habit of eliminating mistakes in your own work, by using a preview before saving, rather than saving several minor corrections afterwards.


Other types of editing

With wiki edits you can start a new page, move (or rename) a page, or even delete a page:

Remember you should always aim to improve the overall contents of the wiki with your edits.


Discussion

Every article has its own "talk page" where you can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections. See Help:Talk pages


Using Templates

You can use templates to format the appearance of the information contained in your articles with the following code:
{{template}}

For example, a shorthand for the Template: prettytable template would be as follows:
{{prettytable}}

And give the following output:

{{prettytable}}



External Links

MetaWiki: Help:Editing Template:Languages