Basic Wiki Formatting

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One major benefit of a wiki, is the ability for anyone to edit the content on a given page. JimmyEatWiki is setup with the mediawiki software to allow for users to make changes to pages without knowing HTML (the language that many websites use to show their content.) Many user will find it simplest to use the Wiki’s visual editor to avoid even needing to reference this page. However the following basic rules, also included in our style guide, should be considered.

Formatting Rules

While most text does not require any special changes for wiki form. A few basic rules are:

  • Do not indent paragraphs. (Indenting may cause your text to appear in a monospaced font.)
  • Leave a single blank line between paragraphs.
  • HTML characters like © and ∞ can be used on pages: do "©" and "∞" (version 0.91 and later). See http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/sgml/entities.html to learn more.

Bold and Italics

To mark text as bold, italic or fixed-width, you can use single quotation-mark formatting (the MediaWiki standard).

Examples:

''Two single quotes are italics'',

'''three single quotes are bold''',

'''''five single quotes are bold and italic.'''''

looks like:

Two single quotes are italics,

three single quotes are bold,

five single quotes are bold and italic.

Headings

Headings are delimited by 1-6 equal signs (=). They basically correspond to HTML's <h1> through <h6>tags . Size 1 headings are reserved for page titles, and should not be used on any article or talk page.

=Headline size 1=

==Headline size 2==

===Headline size 3===

====Headline size 4====

=====Headline size 5=====

======Headline size 6======

Lists

Simple lists

Asterisks are used for bulleted lists, the number of asterisks before an item control the list level.

*Text for a bulleted list item. **Text for second-level list.

***Text for third level, etc.

looks like

  • Text for a bulleted list item.
    • Text for second-level list.
      • Text for third level, etc.

Numbered lists

Hashtags are used for numbered lists, the number of Hashtags before an item control the list level.

#Text for a numbered list item.

##Text for second-level list.

###Text for third level, etc.

##Another Text for the second level.

looks like

  1. Text for a numbered list item.
    1. Text for second-level list.
      1. Text for third level, etc.
    2. Another Text for the second level.

Embedding Tables

Rather than going through the lengthy and complicated way to add a table, you can easily do it using wiki code. To start a table, add this text:

{|

Next, to start a row, use a pipe and a dash, such as this:

|-

For each cell, add a pipe. (Note, start a new line for each cell):

|Cell1

|Cell2

|Cell3

Then, just make sure to close your table with the pipe and squiggly line:

|}

And there you have it!

For more detailed tables, please visit wikimedia.org, or use this HTML to Wiki table converter. http://www.uni-bonn.de/~manfear/html2wiki-tables.php