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This page explains the bare minimum of wiki-editing.

The first thing to know in Wikiversity: a red link points to a page that doesn't yet exist; a blue link an existing page; a pale blue link points to a page on another wiki; a link like this is an external link.

To edit a page on Wikiversity, first

  • You go to the page, either
    • via typing the page name (case sensitive) in the search box in the top left corner of the screen or on the navigation bar at the top of your browser
    • via clicking on an internal link on another wikiversity page
  • Press "edit" or "create"
  • write your text
  • go down and press "save page" at the lower left corner

Basic wiki mark up[edit]

First of all, you don't have to use any mark up if you don't want to. Just remember that you need to skip a line when you want a line break.

And do not indent your paragraphs unless you want your text to appear like this.

Here are the basic characters: wikilinks [[]], section heads == Section name == , bullet points "*", list points "#", indentations ":"

  • wiki links are created by double brackets [[your target page name]]. The page name is case-sensitive, except for the first letter; i.e. This link and this link point to the same page, but THIS LINK is a different page.
  • Sections and subsections are marked as == Section name == , === subsection name , ====subsub name====, etc
  • Bullets are marked with asterisks (*)
    • You can create sub-bullets with multiple asterisks (**)
    • bullet points can be threaded
  1. A numbered list can be created with the "sharp" character "#"
  2. You need to make sure that you don't skip a line
  1. or else your numbering restarts at 1 when you skip a line
    1. a numbered list can be threaded
      • even with a bullet list

Threaded discussions[edit]

A threaded discussion can also be carried out with indentations

To reply to the first comment, use a colon ":"
To reply to the previous comment, add one more colon like this "::"

The markup for the previous section[edit]

The following is the wiki-markup for the previous section. The text is sandwiched between two html-tags <pre> </pre>.

==Basic wiki mark up==
First of all, you don't have to use any mark up if you don't want to. 
Just remember that you need to skip a line when you want a line break.

 And do not indent your paragraphs unless you want your text to appear like this.

Here are the basic characters: wikilinks <tt>[[]]</tt>, section heads <tt>== Section name ==</tt> , bullet points "*", list points "#", indentations ":"
*[[wiki links]] are created by double brackets <tt>[[your target page name]]</tt>.  The page name is case-sensitive, except for the first letter; i.e. [[This link]] and [[this link]] point to the same page, but [[THIS LINK]] is a different page.
*Sections and subsections are marked as <tt>== Section name ==</tt> , <tt>=== subsection name</tt> , <tt> ====subsub name====</tt>, etc
*Bullets are marked with asterisks (*)
**You can create sub-bullets with multiple asterisks (**)
**bullet points can be threaded

# A numbered list can be created with the "sharp" character "#"
# You need to make sure that you don't skip a line

# or else your numbering restarts at 1 when you skip a line
## a numbered list can be threaded
##* even with a bullet list

===Threaded discussions===
A threaded discussion can also be carried out with indentations

: To reply to the first comment, use a colon ":"

:: To reply to the previous comment, add one more colon like this "::"


Signature[edit]

To sign your name on your comments, simply type four tildes like this: ~~~~, or press the button Button sig.png lining the top of your edit box. The program will generate your signature for you.

External links (url)[edit]

External links, i.e. urls, can be written directly, for example, as "http://example.com". It can also be displayed as a simple icon with [http://example.com] rendered as [1]. A description can be added to the icon with the wiki-text [http://example.com YOUR TEXT] rendered as YOUR TEXT.

Final hints[edit]

If you have any problems, try to look for a page that you like and press the "edit" button.
If you want to ask questions, press the "history" botton on the top to find some experienced wiki-writers.
In case you are lost (yes, that happens), ask at Wikiversity:Babel

Further reading[edit]