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How do I know where my page is linked?

I am on a Wiki page but don't know where this page is referenced? On the menu to the left, in the "Toolbox" section, click on "What links here" and it will display all pages referencing this page.


How do I edit a page?

You can edit any page by clicking Edit at the top - do this if you think it could do with more information, or if there's an error in the page. You can also see how the wiki features work by editing existing pages - just make sure you don't save without meaning to!


How can I create a page?

There are multiple ways to create new pages from scratch. The easiest way is to use the input box on the main page. Type in the name of your page "your new page name" and the new page will be created.

In addition to the main page there are input boxes in other places which allow you to easily create a new page.

You can also create a page from scratch, simply by entering the name of the new page in the search-box on left, which results in a page with the text There is no page titled "your new page name". Select your new page name and the new page will be created.


How can I add a link?

To link to a page within the PhUSE Wiki (even if it doesn't exist yet), write it like this: [[article name]]. It is case-sensitive except for the first letter.

You can link with different text like this: [[article name|text to display]]

To link to a page on another site, write it like this: [http://whatever.com/page.htm Description].
Note:

  • Only one pair of brackets, not two.
  • Space between URL and description (no "|" character like in the wiki article links)


How can I format text?

Either use the tool box of the editor or you can do the following:

  • Italics can be done with two single quotes, ''like this''
  • bold with three, '''like this'''
  • Numbered lists can be created by putting one or more # at the start of each line, with no spaces before
  • Unnumbered lists, like this one, have one or more * at the start of each line
  • With both numbered and unnumbered lists, adding more of the character provides additional nesting (e.g., ** provides bullets with additional indent from just *)
  • To indent text without a bullet or number, place one or more : at the start of each line
  • A space at the start of each line will stop the text from wrapping - you can also use the <pre> tag
  • More complicated formatting is possible with the
    , and HTML tags, which work here
  • You can make headers like this: == Header text == - add a = mark on each side for increasing depth of headers


How do I include images?

You can include images in your wiki page. To do this:

  1. Log in and upload the file
  2. Once uploaded, in the wiki page where you want to include the image, add [[Image:imagename.png|left or right or none|frame or thumb (if you want a frame or thumbnail - if not, leave this out)|Description]]. Examples:
[[Image:PhUSEWiki.png|left|frame|This is the [[PhUSE Wiki]] logo!]]
[[Image:Testimage.png|right|This text only shows up when you hover over the image]]
[[Image:Yourimage.jpg|right|220px|This is will be sized to 220px in width]]


How do I attach files?

In some cases, you may wish to attach a file in a wiki page. This is not generally recommended, in that wikis are not designed for file storage, so instead, consider either (a) linking out to the file, stored elsewhere, or (b) transferring the relevant content into a wiki page, so that it can be viewed and searched without downloading. However, in some cases, it may be advantageous to include a file. To do this:

  1. Log in and upload the file
  2. Once uploaded, in the wiki page where you want to include the file, add [[File:theuploadedfilenamewithextension]]. Examples:
[[File:Scenario_2_w_numbering.pdf‎]]
[[File:ExampleDatasets.zip‎]]


How do I categorize my Wiki?

To put a page into a category, write this at the end of the article:
[[Category:Whatever]]

A proposal for categories to be used can be found under Category Hierarchy

Please check the special page Special:Categories (direct link available from the left hand page menu Categories) to find the existing categories. If possible, use a pre-existing category. Try to avoid variations in spelling such as: singular/plural; upper/lowercase; leading blank space or not between "Category:" and the category name ("Whatever").

Ideally all categories should have a corresponding page with a description of the category. When that page exists, the link to the category appears in blue in the page Special:Categories. Otherwise it appears in red (when you "preview" the page before saving it), and it also shows up in Special:WantedCategories.

Categories are useful when they help visiters to quickly find a number of related pages. Preferably avoid creating too specific, narrow categories. Also avoid very broad categories that don't help locating relevant pages. If this happens, consider creating more specific sub-categories within the original category, and re-categorize the pages according to the subcategory instead of the original big category.


How do I create a template?

A guide how to create templates and recall them can be found here http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:A_quick_guide_to_templates#Creating.2C_editing_and_using_templates

The easiest to use is the {{subst:templatename}} functionality. If you start a Wiki from scratch just type {{subst:templatename}} and it will create a new page by using the existing template.


How do I create a table?

There are some create tutorials out there on how to create tables. [1] [2] [3]

The following page provides a Microsoft Word macro you can use to convert a tab-separated table into wiki format:
Create a Wiki Table Using a Word Macro

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