Basics of Wiki Formatting
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 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: The main geocaching site
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.
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==
There are two types of lists you can make:
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".
- 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".
- When the squirrel becomes confused by this, run like crazy.
These are just the basics. The wiki markup language has many more possibilities. These are going to be documented elsewhere in a reference.