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==Editing with Media Wiki==
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The following is a still incomplete list of help topics.  Guradually more pages will be added
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Media Wiki is pretty easy to use. 
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* '''[[Edit help|Edit Help]]''' explains how you can edit any page on Palaeos org using this Wiki format and the special but easy top learn and use "markup" or code (like html). Note that a lot of standard html will work here; e.g. tablesHowever you have to use the wiki markup for hyperlinks (i.e., links to other pages)
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* '''[[Redlink]]s''' - this explains why some links are blue, and others are red!
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If you want to alter a page you click the '''edit tab''' at the top of the page.  You will notice a blank text window and above that a row of blue buttons.
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* '''[[Template]]s.''' - this page explains what templates (as used in Palaeos org) are, and also there are some [[Taxon template|ready made templates]]
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* '''Comments''' - if you want to make comments etc on the discussion page, please sign your comments.  This can be done by pressing the signature button (second most right blue button) or alternatively just by inserting four tilde (the little squiggly line ~ on the upper left of most keyboards).
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You can type or copy text into the blank section the same as into a word processor.
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* '''[[Palaeos:spam]]''' - this is where you report link spammers and spambots.
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* '''[[Palaeos:vandalism]]''' - This is where you report vandals and trolls.
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You can also use standard html tags
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* '''[[Page move]]''' - What to do if you think a different title would be better
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For more detailed help information, see the '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents Wikipedia Help Page]'''.  Although Wikipedia is a different project to Palaeos Wiki, we use exactly the same software, called "[[MediaWiki]]", so all the instructions for edditing and formatting there also will apply to Palaeos Wiki.
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The '''"[[Sandbox]]"''' page has been set up so that people can play around with media wiki markup (the "code") without wreaking any of the official pages.
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With the edit screen, the blue buttons cover most of the basic Media Wiki formatting requirementsSome of these buttons aren't even necessary to begin with; only the first five or six (on the left hand side) are necessary to begin with.
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* The '''B''' makes everything in the selection '''bold''' text (<nowiki>'''three apostraphes'''</nowiki> on each side of the selected text)
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* The '''''I''''' makes everything in the selection ''italics'' (<nowiki>''two apostraphes''</nowiki> on each side)
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* The '''<u>Ab</u>''' provides a link to another Wiki page on this site (<nowiki>[[double square brackets]]</nowiki> on each side)
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* The '''little globe and web page''' provides a link to a page elsewhere on the web (single square bracket on each side, there has to be a space separating the url from the name it is given here)
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* The '''big <big>A</big>''' creates headline text (<nowiki>==two equal signs==</nowiki> on each side of the selected text).
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* The '''picture icon''' enables a graphic file to be inserted (double square brackets on each side, then <nowiki>Image:</nowiki> (semicolon) then the name of the image file).  Note that graphics have to be uploaded first, that is done by going to the "Upload file" page (listed in the lower left vertical menu, under the search box) and selecting the image you wnat to upload.
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* The "W" with the red line through it means ignore wiki formatting.  e.g. if you want to mark type species with an asterisk, but not have it appear as a bullet point. The code for this is <nowiki><nowiki>text here</nowiki></nowiki>
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In addition to the above:
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* To draw a cladogram remember that even the top left root clade should be separated from the left margin by a space, that creates a sort of box and ensures monospacing.
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* To make a bulleted list use asterixes down the left margin.
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* To indent use a semicolon
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* two or more asterixes or semicolons provide further indenting
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* For different sized headings, two equal signs on each side of the selected text givces the biggest heading, three equal signs on each side is the next smaller, and four equal signs is smaller again.
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* to make text appear as superscript, use the html tag <nowiki><sup></sup></nowiki>. (for those not familiar with html, the text goes between the opening and closing tags)
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* for a link to a page with has a different name to the selected text, within the double square brackets, put the page's actual title first, then use the "pipe" symbol (the vertical line "'''|'''", usually on the right of the keyboard, above the enter key and below the backspace key) then have the name used in the text after that.  So, opening double square brackets, then page title, then "pipe", then linking words on the page you are editing, then closing double square brackets.
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Remember if you want to make comments etc on the discussion page, to sign your comments.  This can be done by pressing the signature button (secondmost right blue button) or alternatively just by four tilde (the little squiggly line ~ on the upper left of your keyboard)
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For more detailed help information, see the '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents Wikipedia Help Page]'''.  Although Wikipedia is a different project to Palaeos Wiki, we use exactly the same sofftware, called "Media Wiki", so all the instructions for edditing and formatting there also will apply to Palaeos Wiki.
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For questions that aren't answered here please ask on the talk page ("discussion tab" at the top of the page)
For questions that aren't answered here please ask on the talk page ("discussion tab" at the top of the page)

Latest revision as of 17:04, 17 February 2013

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