Hello everyone, as we know wiki-editing can be a very confusing and troublesome process, we've created a short guide describing how to use the different editing features in the site. Please note that only registered users can edit the different pages. (Seriously, all you need is a username and email, it's not that hard.)
The wiki is organised through sections and subsections. An example of how one page would be organised would be how the subsection on Media is organised under the section of H1 General Paper. When adding new pages, please ensure that the new page you add is organised under the correct subsection.
At the main page of every subject, you will find a segment called “New Page” where you'll find an option to add new pages. On the left, you are given the option to select the appropriate section and subsection where your page will be created under. On the right, you can name your page. Once you're done naming the page, click “Add Page”. This will redirect you to a blank page where you can begin editing.
You'll find an edit button at the start of every section on the page. The Edit Button looks like this.
Clicking on the button opens up an in-line (within the page itself) editor, that looks like this.
Alternatively, if you want to edit the whole page and not just an individual section, you can click on the “Edit this Page” button on the side. It looks like this.
When you click on this, it will change to a new page where you can edit the whole page freely.
Ok the Wiki editing system looks really complicated, but it's basically just like Microsoft Word. When you type in words or numbers, they appear on the wiki page the same way, but there are a few functions that you can use to organise/beautify your content.
At the top of the editing window, there is a toolbar with multiple buttons that help to edit and format your content.
Oh, and as a general rule, when you press enter and start a new line, you basically create a new paragraph.
Wiki doesn't allow different fonts or text size, but it does allow the basic functions of bolding, italicising, underlining your text,
writing in monospace, or
strikthroughing. The first five buttons of the toolbar correspond to these five functions. Don't worry, you don't need to memorise any format or code, you just need to highlight the section you want formatted and then press the button on the toolbar.
In order to organise the text, you need headings and subheadings. To do this, simply highlight and then click on the next four buttons in the toolbar. The buttons give you the option of creating a heading of the same level, creating a subheading (smaller text basically) and then creating a higher-level heading. Alternatively, the fourth button also gives you the option of selecting what level you want your heading to be, from Level 1 (largest) to Level 5 (smallest).
Sometimes you'll find that you need to link your page to other pages. These next two buttons in the toolbar help you do that. Simply highlight where you want your link to be, and then click the button. The first button is for internal hyperlinks, and when you click it a window will pop up showing all the relevant pages you can link to. Click the page you want to link to.
The toolbar allows you to create bulleted or numbered lists. The first button, with the numbers, allows you to create a numbered list, and the second button allows you to create a bulleted lists. It works the same way it does in Word. Press Enter to create a new entry in the list. If you want to increase the indent, simply the spacebar twice before the bullet.
The photo frame button in the toolbar allows you to add photos to the wiki. When you click on the “Add Images” button in the toolbar, a window will open up, showing all the photos and videos uploaded to the Wiki's Media Manager. You will need to upload your photo (preferably in PNG or JPEG) to the media manager. After you add the photo, click on the photo link to add it. A smaller window will then open, giving you options of how you want your photo formatted. Generally, adjust the size of the photo (common sense here, people), and make it left indent.
Ok, this one is seriously complicated. There is no option in the toolbar for creating a table, so you're going to have to learn how to format this one here.
For all of you who've survived the horrors of PW, fear not. There's no need for APA (shudder…), but we do need you to cite your sources through an easier method. Simply copy paste the link, then put double brackets around it, like this
((put your link in here))
This will create a footnote recording your link.
Sometimes, you may want to link one wiki to another sequentially (like previous page, next page .etc). The wiki does support this function. There's no option on the toolbar that does this, so you'll have to copy-paste this format:
<- section_name:sub-section_name:Name of Previous Page (Here just name in proper formatting) ^ section_name:sub-section_name:Name of Main Page ^ section_name:sub-section_name:Name of Next Page ->
Note: If you are really interested (idk why) in learning how to do more, beyond our explanations, you can access the Formatting Syntax on the page, which describes everything in greater detail, but more complicated language.
At the right sidebar of every page, you may notice that there is a speech bubble. This button creates a talk page for that particular page of the wiki. The talk page is a blank page, a platform designed to allow different editors of a page to communicate with each other regarding content editions. For instance, if one editor removed a section of another editor's work, he/she could use the talk page to explain the decision. The other editor could then use the talk page to discuss the change.