Help:Notes for Editors
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Help Page for Users
Editing the Wiki
Opening a page
- If the page you want to edit is listed in a menu or linked to from another page you can open it from its link.
- Type the name of the page you wish to edit into the Search box and if it exists, the page will open.
- N.B. The SEARCH engine in The Wiki is case sensitive for names of pages.
If you are trying to find a page which you have already made, or were working on, but it doesn't appear yet in a menu or it isn't linked from another page, you can find it in My Contributions.
Creating new pages
There are two ways of creating a new page:
You can type the name of the page into the Search box. N.B. The SEARCH is case sensitive.
If the page already exists it will open, otherwise you will see a similar page to the one illustrated below.
From this page you can click the link: create this page.
* N.B. If you do not see this link, please contact a Moderator.
You can also type the name of a new page on another page when you are in Edit mode. See below
To start editing a page, click the Edit link on The Wiki Menu at the top of the page.
This brings you to the edit page, which is a page with a text box containing the wikitext.
Wikitext is the editable code from which the server produces the finished page.
Although at first sight the coding can be a bit daunting there are actually very few to remember.
The Toolbar shows the most used codes.
Entering your contributions on a page
If you are making a brand new page, please check New Pages.
You can just type or paste in your text and leave it that, but if you use the codes it will mean that the presentation will be uniform and save everyone a great deal of time.
If you want to experiment, you can do so in the The Playground
Although it is possible to change colours and fonts using the codes, please don’t do this as there is a fixed style for the site.
Please be aware that anyone with edit permissions can edit your text. This is reassuring in case you have made a typing error, and it means that information can be updated quickly, but don't be offended if somebody quietly "improves" your grammar or writing style!!
Preview before saving
When you have finished, click Show preview to see how your changes will look before you make them permanent.
Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click Save page and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
How the code works ...
The Toolbar can automatically add many of the codes for you.
The most used buttons are illustrated below.
Linking to another page
Type [[Name of the page]] When you have saved your work, you can click on the link to the new page and begin to edit it.
EXAMPLE: a new page
To link to a page which already exists:
Type [[Name of the page]]
EXAMPLE: The Timeline
Back to ...
Back to previous page: Type Back to [[Name of page]]
EXAMPLE: Back to The Timeline
This is needed when a user has reached a page from another one e.g. a county reached from the England page, or a page linked to from the Records Office Guide.
Uploading and inserting images
Examples of different layouts and the codes for using images in the Wiki can be found here:
Sections and headings
Creating alphabetical contents or lists