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The Wiki Style is the style used to edit wiki pages in all MediaWiki wikis. This is the most important thing to know for Wikipedians and other Wiki-ers alike, so read it carefully. Bookmarking this page is suggested, as you can refer to it if you forget the style.

ExamplesEdit

What it looks like What you type

Start your sections as follows:

New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

  • Start with a second-level heading (==); don't use first-level headings (=).
  • Don't skip levels (for example, second-level followed by fourth-level).
  • A Table of Contents will automatically be added to an article that has four or more sections. Add __NOTOC__ at the top of the edit page to get rid of the table of contents on that page. Add __TOC__ anywhere in the page to move the table of contents to that part of the page.
==New section==

===Subsection===

====Sub-subsection====

A single newline generally has no effect on the layout. These can be used to separate sentences within a paragraph.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

  • When used in a list, a newline does affect the layout (see below).
A single [[newline]]
generally has no effect on the layout. 
These can be used to separate
sentences within a paragraph.

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
  • It's easy to create a list:
    • Start every line with a star (asterisk).
      • More stars means deeper levels.
        • A newline in a list

marks the end of a list item.

  • An empty line starts a new list.
* It's easy to create a list:
** Start every line with a star.
*** More stars means deeper levels.
**** A newline in a list
marks the end of a list item.

* An empty line starts a new list.
  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
      1. easier still
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
### easier still

When there is a need for separating a block of text

the blockquote command will indent both margins when needed instead of the left margin only as the colon does.
This is useful for (as the name says) inserting blocks of quoted (and cited) text.

<blockquote>
The '''blockquote''' command will indent 
both margins when needed instead of the 
left margin only as the colon does.  
</blockquote>
Centered text.
  • Please note the American spelling of "center".
<center>Centered text.</center>

Links and URLsEdit

What it looks like What you type

The book’s name is Eldest.

  • A link to another ITW article.
  • Internally, the first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link has the same effect as typing a space, but is not recommended).
  • Thus the link above is to the URL inheriwiki.gotdns.com/wiki/Eldest, which is the ITW article with the name "Eldest".
The book’s name is [[Eldest]].

Eragon’s mentor died.

  • Same target, different name.
  • This is a piped link.
  • The "piped" text must be placed first, the text that will be displayed, second.
Eragon’s [[Brom|mentor]] died.

Alagaësia has mountains, rivers, and plains.

  • Endings are blended into the link.
Alagaësia has [[mountain]]s, [[river]]s,
and [[plain]]s.

Eldest#Plot Summary is a link to a section within another page.

#Links and URLs is a link to a section on the current page.

  • The part after the number sign (#) must match a section heading on the page. Matches must be exact in terms of spelling, case, and punctuation. Links to non-existent sections are not broken; they are treated as links to the top of the page.
[[Eldest#Plot Summary]] is a link
to a section within another page.

[[#Links and URLs]] is a link
to a section on the current page.

Example is a page that does not exist yet.

  • You can create it by clicking on the link (but please do not do so with this particular link).
  • To create a new page:
    1. Create a link to it on some other (related) page.
    2. Save that page.
    3. Click on the link you just made. The new page will open for editing.
  • For more information, see How to start a page and check out Wikipedia's naming conventions.
  • Please do not create a new article without linking to it from at least one other article.
[[Example]] is a page
that does not exist yet.
  • Redirect one article title to another by placing a directive like the one shown to the right on the first line of the article (such as at a page titled "Alagaesia").
  • Note that, while it is possible to link to a section, it is not possible to redirect to a section. For example, "#REDIRECT [[Eragon (book)#movie]]" will redirect to the Eragon (book) page, but not to any particular section on it. This feature is very unlikely to be implemented in the future, so such redirects should not be used.
#REDIRECT [[Alagaësia]]
  • To put an article in a Category, place a link like the one to the right anywhere in the article. It does not matter where you put these links while editing as they will always show up in the same place when you save the page, but placement at the end of the edit box is recommended.
[[Category:Characters]]

ImagesEdit

Only images that have been uploaded to the Wiki can be used. To upload images, use the upload page. You can find the uploaded image on the image list.

What it looks like What you type
A picture:

Wiki

A picture: 
[[Image:Wiki.png]]
With alternative text:

Wiki

With alternative text:
[[Image:Wiki.png|Inheritance Cycle Wiki]]
  • Alternative text, used when a mouse hovers over the image or when the image is not loaded in a text-only browser, or when spoken aloud, is strongly encouraged.
Floating to the right side of the page:
Wiki
Floating to the right side of the page:
[[Image:Wiki.png|right|Inheritance Cycle Wiki]]
With a caption:
Wiki

Inheritance Cycle Wiki

With a caption:
[[Image:Wiki.png|frame|Inheritance Cycle Wiki]]
  • The frame automatically floats the image right. To change the position, simply add the appropriate position value (I.e. left) as shown in example 3.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.
Resized with a caption:
Wiki

Inheritance Cycle Wiki

Resized with a caption:
[[Image:Wiki.png|thumb|100px|Inheritance Cycle Wiki]]
  • The thumb automatically floats the image right. To change the position, simply add the appropriate position value (I.e. left) as shown in example 3.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.

See the Wikipedia's image use policy as a guideline used on all Wikis.

Character formattingEdit

What it looks like What you type

Emphasize, strongly, very strongly.

  • These are double, triple, and quintuple apostrophes (single-quote marks), not double-quote marks.
''Emphasize'', '''strongly''', '''''very strongly'''''.
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