Getting Started on the Wiki

for new visitors and new users


Editing Existing Pages

Creating New Pages

Some formatting

You can format text by using the formatting bar at the top of the edit mode page, or by hand-coding.
To code by hand

Lines and paragraphs

The wiki will word wrap like a word processor so don't use return at the end of lines. But it does not readily indent paragraphs. Instead, separate paragraphs with a blank line by pressing the return key twice to start a new paragraph.

This is a paragraph.

This is another paragraph. They're separated by an extra blank line.

You can use the line return to set short lines, such as lyrics and poetry:
Let us go then you and I
While evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table
Oh do not ask what is it
Let us go and make our visit

Indent whole paragraphs (like a block quote) by starting the line with four spaces:
Here's an examples of an indented paragraph. This would be appropriate for block quoting a source, or otherwise setting it off.

Structural elements

Create structural elements - heads and sub-heads - by surrounding the heading text with equals signs. The more equals signs the larger the heading. Generally, heading level 1 is reserved for the page title, so we start at heading level 2.

heading level 2

5 equals signs

heading level 3

4 equals signs

heading level 4

3 equals signs
heading level 5
2 equals signs
Horizontal Rules
Create horizontal rules with four dashes like this:

You can link to external pages by selecting the text that will become the link text and clicking on the Link icon in the formatting bar. Or you can do it by hand.


You can link to or embed images in pages. The image has to be on the web, and you need to control access to it. Here's the general pattern for embedding an image in a page. The " " are essential. To insert this code, go into the edit mode to edit the page, and then click the Image icon in the editing bar.
{{image url="paste the url to the image here" width="350px"}}

The difficulty is getting the image url. How to do this differs by operating system: Windows and Mac, and different versions of Windows.

For more info, see the FormattingRules

Adding New Pages

You can add new pages wherever you are in the wiki.

Reading the Code

Like the way a page is formatted? Want to see how to embed an image? Go to the page you want to look at, go into edit mode by double-clicking the page or by clicking on the Edit button. Review the formatting. You can even copy and paste the formatting to your own page and then change the content.

What's Next

Experiment. Please don't edit this page. Instead, use the SandBox to practice editing. Or practice editing on your own wiki page. Refer to the FormattingRules for more elaborate formatting.

Make Yourself Known

Please use your real name on this wiki, and don't create multiple identities.


There isn't much. Anyone who knows how to access the log in screen can register and edit the wiki: comment, change stuff, delete stuff. Some of it might get restored. Don't worry about it too much; it's part of WhyWikiWorks.


sources: A narrative toc adapted and localized from WikiWikiWeb Wiki:OneMinuteWiki. See also OneMinuteWiki for a more compact version, and HowToUseWiki.
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