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Begin Editing Edit

To begin editing a page, click on "Edit this page" or the "edit" tab at the top. To edit an individual section, look at the section header for "[edit]".

Then enter your Wiki text into it, whatever that may be. To see what your page looks like before you save it, click on "Preview". If it looks good, enter a Summary (see below), mark whether it's a minor edit, and if you want to watch the page. Then, when you're finished, press "Save Page." Your changes will be visible immediately.

"Minor" Edits Edit

A logged in user has the option of flagging the edit as a "minor edit". When to use this is some what a matter of personal preference. Spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearranging of text should be flagged as a "minor edit".

By contrast, a major edit is a version that should be reviewed by other editors to ensure that everyone agrees on the change. Therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is not minor, even if the edit is a single word.

This feature is important, because users can choose to hide minor edits in their view of the recent changes to keep the volume of edits down to a manageable level.

The reason for not allowing a user who is not logged in to mark an edit as minor is that vandalism could then be marked as a minor edit, in which case it would stay unnoticed longer. This limitation is another reason to log in.

Summary Edit

The Summary is a summary of what you have done to change the page. Whether it be creating the page or fixing a spelling error, you should always fill out the summary, so everyone knows what you've done.

The Wiki Markup Edit

In this section, we will show everything about how to make a good Wiki page--formatting, links and more.

You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference. If you want to try out things without danger of doing any harm to Xenopedia or its users, you can do so in the Sandbox.

Sections, Paragraphs, Lists, and Lines Edit

What You SeeWhat You Type
Section Headings Look Like This:
New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

Section Headings Look Like This:

== New section ==

=== Subsection ===

==== Sub-subsection ====

New line:

A single new line has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line

starts a new paragraph.

New line:

A single
new line
has no
effect on the
layout.

But an empty line

starts a new paragraph.

You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.

You can break lines<br />
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Bulleted lists are easy;
    • Just start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
* Bulleted lists are easy;
** Just start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A newline
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A new line
#in a list

marks the end of the list.

#New numbering starts
#with 1.
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
        or have newlines
        inside lists
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this<br>or have newlines<br>inside lists
  • You can also
    • break lines
      inside lists
      like this
* You can also
**break lines<br>inside lists<br>like this
Definition list
list

of definitions

item
the item's definition
; Definition list : list
of definitions
; item : the item's definition
IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
  it will be formatted exactly
    as typed;
  in a fixed-width font;
  lines won't wrap;
ENDIF
this is useful for:
  * pasting preformatted text;
  * algorithm descriptions;
  * program source code
  * ASCII art;
  * chemical structures;

WARNING: if you make the text wide, it won't wrap, and force the whole page to be wide and hence less readable.

 IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
   it will be formatted exactly
     as typed;
   in a fixed-width font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
 this is useful for:
   * pasting preformatted text;
   * algorithm descriptions;
   * program source code
   * ASCII art;
   * chemical structures;
Centered text.
<center>Centered text.</center>


Column 1 Edit


Column 2 Edit


 {{col-begin}}
 {{col-2}}
 ==Column 1==
 {{col-2}}
 ==Column 2==
 {{col-end}}

Links, URLS Edit

Joe is an alien called Xenomorph.


Spaces are treated like underscores (typing an underscore is the same as typing a space, but is not recommended).

Joe is playing Halo on [[Xbox]].

When adding a comment to a Talk page, you should sign it. You can do this by adding three tildes for your user name:

Subtank

or four for user name plus date/time:

Subtank 01:49, 3 Jan 2005 (UTC)
When adding a comment to a Talk page,
you should sign it. You can do this by
adding three tildes for your user name:
: ~~~
or four for user name plus date/time:
: ~~~~

Redirect one article title to another by putting text like this in its first line.

#REDIRECT [[Master Chief]]

External links: Yahoo, [1]

External links:
[http://www.yahoo.com Yahoo],
[http://www.yahoo.com]

Or just give the URL: http://www.yahoo.com

Or just give the URL:
http://www.yahoo.com

To connect in between Wikis use the Interwiki code Alien on Wikipedia

[[Wikipedia:Xenomorph|Alien on Wikipedia]]

If you are linking from another wikia to Halopedia then use the following code:

[[w:c:halo]]

If you are linking from Halowiki.net to Halopedia then use the following code:

[[Halopedia:Main Page]] or [[Halopedia:Article Name]]

Character Formatting Edit

Emphasize, strongly, very strongly.

  • These are double and triple apostrophes, not double quotes.
''Emphasize'', '''strongly''',
'''''very strongly'''''.

A typewriter font for technical terms.

A typewriter font for 
<tt>technical terms</tt>.

You can use small text for captions.

You can use <small>small text</small> 
for captions.

You can strike out deleted material and underline new material.

You can <s>strike out deleted material</s>
and <u>underline new material</u>.

Umlauts and accents:
è é ê ë ì í

À Á Â Ã Ä Å
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù
Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
û ü ÿ

è é ê ë ì í

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
œ     
  

Commenting page source:
not shown in page

  • Used to leave comments in a page for future edits.
<!-- comment here -->

Colored Text Edit

Using colored text is highly discouraged but in some cases useful. To color your text enter the following code. So for example:


<font color="purple">purple</font>
<font color="green">green</font>
<font color="red">red</font>
<font color="grey">grey</font>
<font color="black">black</font>
<font color="pink">pink</font>
<font color="orange">orange</font>
<font color="yellow">yellow</font>
<font color="blue">blue</font>
<font color="silver">silver</font>

Will output:purple green red grey black pink orange yellow blue silver

For a complete list of possible colors, see Wikipedia's article on web colors. Simply copy the hex code next to your preferred color, paste in the appropriate spot, and remove the spaces in the hex code. For example:

<font color="blue">This text is blue.</font>

Will give this: This text is blue.

Xenopedia Help Pages
DisambiguationsEditingImagesLinksReferencesSignaturesTablesTemplatesUserboxes
VisualEditor

The VisualEditor

Wikia editor2

The classic editor

Editing on Wikia is generally as simple as clicking the 'Edit' button on a page. Doing so will take to you an edit page where you can start to make changes to the page - such adding new information and media, or updating the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in, you may receive a different editing experience:

Help:VisualEditor
Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor, a completely new editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor - this includes the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

Quick tips

Once in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new media, update the page's layout and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the 'Publish' button to update the page.

Don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose your default editor from a dropdown list in your user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
No preference Shows whichever editor has been set as default for the wikia you are on - VisualEditor, classic rich-text or source. (Note: this preference is being phased out)
Wikia's new VisualEditor Shows the new VisualEditor on all wikias
Wikia's classic rich-text editor Shows the classic rich-text editor where already enabled. If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all wikias

A WikiFeatures switch can be flipped by local administrators to change the default editor for logged in users. Anonymous users will generally always see the VisualEditor by default.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the 'Edit' button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

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