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Wikis are quick to edit, but they do require a simple syntax for formatting. Use the formatting buttons (found at the top of the editing window) while editing the document for basic formatting, or take advantage of the built-in Rich Editor. See below for more advanced formatting options.
Wiki Editing Basics
To start editing a page, click on the 'edit' link at the top of the page to have the whole page as editable text or in one of the sections to just have the respective section as editable text. This will bring you to the edit page: a page with a text box containing the wikitext: the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage.
Preview before saving
When you have finished, press preview to see how your changes will look -- before you make them permanent. Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the page.
Starting New Pages
To start a new page, simply create an internal link to the page. Typing this: [[New Page]] results in this: New Page. The link will appear in red, meaning it's a new page which doesn't yet exist. Click on the red link and add content to your new page.
Wiki Editing Tips
|Description||What You Type||What it Looks Like|
single newlines have no effect
|single newlines have no effect|
double newlines have effect
== Section headings ==
=== Subsection ===
==== A smaller subsection ====
A smaller subsection
* the goat is green * the elephant is pink * the monkey is orange
# Turn right after the park. # Walk for 5 blocks. # Find the school on the left.
|Links to internal pages||
[[Help:Contents]] or [[Help:Contents|Help Main Page]]
|Help:Contents or Help Main Page|
|Links to external pages||
[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editing Help page on Wikimedia]
|Help page on Wikimedia|
For a full list of editing syntax, visit the official help page for this wiki platform: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editor
This wiki features a Rich Text editor, designed to help you editing and formatting pages without having to remember the wiki syntax. You can enable such editor by clicking on "Rich Editor" or "Open Rich editor in new window", at the top of the editing window:
Image 1: Rich Editor disabled
The editor helps less experienced users to edit the format of the text, without having to deal with the wiki syntax. The editor works pretty much as Microsoft Office, Google Docs and the majority of WYSIWYG editors: format gets assigned by selecting text and clicking on buttons for bold, italic, etc. And you can immediately see the end result.
Image 2: Rich Editor enabled
- It is a good practice to disable the Rich Editor before saving the page.