Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

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Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

Post by WhiteWarlock » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:38 am

Can we get some easy basic tutorial for Wiki Markup Code?
For some reason, WIKI Coding is confusing AF for me....
Sort of been avoiding it like the Black Plague...
Looking around for some tutorial...
May attempt it again for real when have some "mythical" extra time...
Potentially this info or FAQ can help other people also...
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Re: Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

Post by WhiteWarlock » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:54 am

There are several ways to start a new page.

These can vary based on the type of page started, as well as the wiki and namespace.

1 Using Wikilinks
2 From the search box
3 Using the URL
4 Using article creation template
5 Create redirects to your new page
6 Protecting your new page

Using Wikilinks

MediaWiki makes it very easy to link wiki pages using a standard syntax (see Help:Links).

If you (or anyone else) create a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be colored red, like this.


This sample displays that underline style unconditionally. The underline displayed below the text of actual links will normally be hidden by default and made visible only when the link is hovered by the mouse or selected by keyboard navigation, if the wiki (or the user's preferences) uses the default MediaWiki styles.
The actual color of links is also dependent on the default wiki styles, and the design of Wiki pages may still override these default colors.

Clicking a red link will take you to the edit page for the new article.

Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.

Once the page has been created, the link will change from red to blue (purple for pages you've visited) indicating that the article now exists.

Usually this is the best way to create a new page, because it means that right from the start, the page will be linked from at least one other place on the wiki (and typically you will want to mesh it into other related pages later).

If you are creating a new page without creating any link to it, you may need to ask yourself: Does this page really fit in with the topics already covered in the wiki?

Also, how are you expecting visitors to find this page?

Normally there is no reason to create a page without first creating a red link to it.
From the search box

If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and "Go" button on the left of the page) then you will be provided with a link to create the new page.
Using the URL

You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new page.

The URL to an article of the wiki is usually something like this: or

If you replace ARTICLE with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page which indicates that no article of that name exists yet.

Clicking the "Edit" page tab at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text, and clicking submit.
Using article creation template
This method requires Extension:InputBox to be installed.

Copy the following text into a page in the wiki:

buttonlabel=Create new article
default=(Article title)

This generates a box where users can simply type the article title and generate a page with that name.

This allows unexperienced editors to easily create pages.
Create redirects to your new page

Don't forget to set up redirects when you create a page.

If you think another person may search for the page you've created by using a different name or spelling, please create the proper redirect(s).

See Help:Redirects.
Protecting your new page

Normally a new wiki page can be edited by other people (that is one of the main ideas of a wiki!).

However, a sysop could protect the page, if desired, to prevent normal users from editing it.

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Re: Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

Post by WhiteWarlock » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:57 am

Opening the visual editor
To edit a page using the visual editor, press on the "Edit" tab at the top of the page.

It may take a few seconds for the page to open for editing, and longer if the page is very long.

Pressing on the "Edit source" tab will open the classic wikitext source editor.

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You can also open the visual editor by pressing on the "edit" link on each section.

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Re: Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

Post by WhiteWarlock » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:59 am

Editing images and other media files
Editing images
To add a new image (or another type of media file) to the page, press the "Images and media" icon (a picture of mountains) in the "Insert" menu. The image will be added wherever your cursor is.
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Pressing the "Images and media" icon opens a dialog that automatically searches Wikimedia Commons and your local wiki for media files related to the title of the page you are editing.

You can change the search by changing the text in the dialog's search box.

To choose a file, press on its thumbnail image.

This places the image onto the page you are editing.

VisualEditor - Media editing 2.png
After the image you selected is inserted into the page, another dialog will open. This dialog allows you to add and edit the caption of the image. The caption can contain formatting and links.
VisualEditor - Media editing 6.png
The media dialog also allows you to add alternative text captions, to help users who use screen readers, or who have disabled image display.
VisualEditor - Media editing 7.png
You can also set various parameters for the image in the "Advanced settings" window. These include the alignment, the type, and size of the image.
VisualEditor - Media editing 8.png
When you are done, press "Apply changes" to close the dialog and return to editing the page.
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For an existing image, you can add or edit a caption or other settings by pressing on the image, then pressing on the "Images and media" icon that appears below the picture.

You can resize an existing image by pressing on it, then moving the resize icon (the two-headed arrow on one or both bottom corners).

You can also drag and drop an image to a place higher or lower on the page.

VisualEditor - Media editing 3.png
Uploading images
You can upload images from a tab in the media dialog, or by dragging and dropping a file into the editor, or by pasting an image from your clipboard.
VisualEditor - Media upload 1.png
Press the "Upload" tab and select an image from your computer. You can type the file name, or drag an image into the box. If you dragged and dropped an image directly into the editor, or pasted one from your clipboard, this tab will open automatically.
VisualEditor - Media upload 1.png
You need to describe the image and add categories to it so that other people can find it.
VisualEditor - Media upload 2.png
The image will be inserted into the page when you are done.
Editing media galleries
To add a new gallery, press the "Gallery" icon (a set of photos) on the "Insert" menu. (If you don't see this icon on that menu, then your local wiki has decided to delay implementing this functionality in the visual editor.)
VisualEditor - Gallery1.png
To edit an existing gallery in the visual editor, press that gallery. Then, near the bottom of the gallery, press the gallery icon (a set of photos). This brings up the gallery editor, with the full list of images included in the gallery.
VisualEditor - Gallery2.png
The gallery editor is currently a simple box that allows you to edit existing galleries using wikitext markup. To add a new image to an existing gallery, type the file name, followed by a bar (|) and the caption for that image. You must put each image in the gallery on its own line. You can also edit this list to remove or rearrange images or to change captions.

When you press the "Done" button, you will exit the gallery editor. You should then see your changes, with the gallery as it will now appear to readers.

Remember that exiting the gallery editor does not publish your changes. As with other changes made using the visual editor, you must publish the entire page in order to publish your work.

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Re: Wiki Coding Guide/FAQ???

Post by Drfailure » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:01 pm

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