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Help:Editing

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Here at WikiSummary, we lack the resources to write the sorts of details help pages that they have over at Wikipedia. But as it turns out, WikiSummary is powered by the same software as Wikipedia. What that means for you is this: If the brief editing help below doesn't answer your questions, take a look at Wikipedia's editing help, where even your most detailed questions will be answered. The best starting point is Wikipedia's brief tutorial.

Brief Editing Guide

Use wiki markup, or wikitext, to insert formatting into your summaries. When editing, you'll notice a small toolbar above the editing box with icons you can click to make editing easier. Experienced editors generally find it much faster to simply type their markup, though, rather than use the buttons.

Here are the most frequently used types of wiki markup. If you need more help see Wikipedia's Wikitext examples.

What it looks like

 

What you type

     

Text formatting

You can italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.

3 apostrophes will embolden the text.

5 apostrophes will embolden and italicize the text.

(4 apostrophes doesn't do anything special -- there's just 'one left over'.)

 

How to do it

You can ''italicize text'' by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.

3 apostrophes will embolden '''the text'''.

5 apostrophes will embolden and italicize '''''the text'''''.

(4 apostrophes doesn't do anything special -- there's just ''''one left over''''.)

     

Bulleted Lists

Unordered lists are easy to do. Start every line with a star. More stars indicate a deeper level. A new line marks the end of the list.

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
    • Deeper
    • Deeper again
  • Item 3
  • Item 4

New line

  • New list
 

How to do it

Unordered lists are easy to do. Start every line with a star. More stars indicate a deeper level. A new line marks the end of the list.

* Item 1
* Item 2
** Deeper
** Deeper again
* Item 3
* Item 4
New line
* New list
     

Numbered Lists

Numbered lists are the same, but use # instead of *.

  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
    1. Deeper
    2. Deeper again
  3. Item 3
    • Bullet 1
    • Bullet 2
  4. Item 4

New line

  1. New list
 

How to do it

Numbered lists are the same, but use # instead of *.

# Item 1
# Item 2
## Deeper
## Deeper again
# Item 3
#* Bullet 1
#* Bullet 2
# Item 4
New line
# New list
     

Links

Use double brackets for internal links, single brackets for external ones.

Here's a link to the Main Page. Or I could call it the grand poobah (note the pipe).

Capitalization matters. "Main Page" exists, but "Main page" does not.

You can also make external links, for example, here's a link to Wikipedia (note the space).

 

How to do it

Use double brackets for internal links, single brackets for external ones.

Here's a link to the [[Main Page]]. Or I could call it the [[Main Page|grand poobah]] (note the pipe).

Capitalization matters. "[[Main Page]]" exists, but "[[Main page]]" does not.

You can also make external links, for example, here's a link to [http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia] (note the space).

     

Tables

Tables can be tricky. Start and end the table with curly braces and pipes. Start a new row with a pipe and a hyphen. Start a new cell (within a row) with just a pipe. Make sure you have the same number of cells in each row, or it will look funny.

Upper-left Upper-right
Lower-left lower-right
 

How to do it

{|
|Upper-left
|Upper-right
|-
|Lower-left
|lower-right
|}
     

Table with Headings

Tables can also have heading cells. Use a ! instead of |, like this:

State Population
California 40 zillion
Wyoming 4,230
 

How to do it

{|
!State
!Population
|-
|California
|40 zillion
|-
|Wyoming
|4,230
|}
     

Section Headings

Section headings are easy to make; simply use 2-4 equals signs around your heading and put the heading on its own line.

Please use headings so that the wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.

Biggest Heading

Two equals signs.

Subsection

Three equals signs.

Smallest section

Use sparingly, if at all.

 

How to do it

Section headings are easy to make; simply use 2-4 equals signs around your heading and put the heading on its own line.

Please use headings so that the wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.

==Biggest Heading==
Two equals signs.

===Subsection===
Three equals signs.

====Smallest section====
Use sparingly, if at all.
     

Blockquotes

You'll need to use some HTML to make a blockquote, like this:

Look, a blockquote. Make sure you use blockquotes only in accordance with the style guide.
 

How to do it

You'll need to use some HTML to make a blockquote, like this:

<blockquote>Look, a blockquote. Make sure you use blockquotes only in accordance with the [[Project:Styleguide#Blockquotes|style guide]].</blockquote>

     

Talk Pages

You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:

  • Three tildes give your user name: Adam
  • Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: Adam 13:43, 25 July 2007 (MST)
  • Five tildes give the date/time alone: 13:43, 25 July 2007 (MST)
 

How to do it

You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:

  • Three tildes: ~~~
  • Four tildes: ~~~~
  • Five tildes: ~~~~~