Basics of Wiki Formatting

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Getting Started

Cacheopedia is a Wiki, which means that anyone can easily edit any unprotected article and have those changes posted immediately to that page.

Editing a Wiki page is very easy. Simply click on the "Edit" tab at the top (or the edit link on the right or bottom) of a Wiki page. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the editable text of that page. If you just want to experiment, please do so in the Sandbox; not here. You should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box.

When you have finished, click preview to see how your changes will look. If you're happy with what you see, then click "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.

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

This article covers the barest basics of wiki formatting to help you get started. There are actually a lot more options available, which will be covered elsewhere in the future.

If you'd like to experiment with these formatting options, try the Sandbox, where you are allowed to edit anything.

If you're ever wondering how someone did a particular formatting trick, you can always click "Edit" on an article and take a look!

Links

Links are one of the most useful tools of a wiki. Links can be easily included in-line, to help define a particular word, or take someone to more information about a specific topic, without having to digress in the middle of some other point.

Making a link to another wiki article is very simple. Just surround the article name with two "square brackets".

[[What is Geocaching]]

This creates a What is Geocaching link.

To link to an external site, you can just type in an "http://" URL address. Like this one: http://www.geocaching.com

Or, if you'd like alternate text, use single square brackets, followed by the alternate text:

[http://www.geocaching.com The main geocaching site]

Looks like: Geocaching website

You can also create an interwiki link to point to an article in another Wiki.

Example:

Wikipedia:Squirrels can be another dangerous foe when geocaching.

In this example, the first link goes to a Wikipedia article about squirrels, just in case someone wants to know more about squirrels in general. There is no Cacheopedia article about squirrels, nor is there likely to be, so we'll just send people to an already-written article.

"Foe" links to Wiktionary, where the word will be defined. Again, we're letting another wiki do our work.

To create an interwiki link, use square brackets. Place the name of the wiki you are linking to first, then a colon, then the article name:

[[Wikipedia:Squirrel|]]s can be another dangerous [[Wiktionary:foe|foe]] when geocaching.

If you end the line with a pipebar (|), the wiki name will be stripped from your link, displaying "foe" instead of "Wiktionary:foe".

Formatting

You may want to make some words bold or italic. To do so, use the single-quote:

Two (')s make ''italic''
Three (')s make '''bold'''

To make bold and italic, add the two to the three, and use five (')s.

Headers

Section headers do several things. For starters, they separate your longer articles into manageable pieces. Also, with two or more headers, a linked table of contents is automatically created at the top of the article. This helps people more quickly find what they're looking for.

Creating headers is simple. Surround your header name with equal signs (=). Two equal signs make a top-level header. The more equal signs you add, the lower level the header.

==Section==
===Sub-section===
====sub-sub-section====
==Section 2==

Lists

There are two types of lists you can make:

  • ordered
  • unordered

The above is an example of an unordered list. It was created using the asterik (*) at the beginning of a new line. Two asteriks would have indented the line.

*One thing
*Another thing
**A thing about another thing
**Another thing about another thing
*The last thing

Three asteriks would indent the line even further.

  • One thing
  • Another thing
    • A thing about another thing
    • Another thing about another thing
  • The last thing

You can also create ordered lists. This is most useful when listing out steps in order. To make these, use the pound sign (#). As with unordered lists, you can use two #'s to indent a line and start a new list inside the first.

#First, face the evil squirrel with confidence
#Hold out your walking stick to ward off his teeth
##Speak softly
##Carry a big stick
#Do not actually hurt the squirrel, as this will make both you and the squirrel feel bad.
#In squirrel language, say, "Please stay away.  I'm just an innocent geocacher".
  1. First, face the evil squirrel with confidence
  2. Hold out your walking stick to ward off his teeth
    1. Speak softly
    2. Carry a big stick
  3. Do not actually hurt the squirrel, as this will make both you and the squirrel feel bad.
  4. In squirrel language, say, "Please stay away. I'm just an innocent geocacher".
  5. When the squirrel becomes confused by this, run like crazy.

Summary

These are just the basics. The wiki markup language has many more possibilities. These are going to be documented elsewhere in a reference.

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