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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

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

The information below is for the standard Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

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Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • Once you click the edit button, the editor will load allowing you to make changes to the page, including adding or removing text, photos, video and more.
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The Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
    • This mode can be disabled in Special:Preferences by selecting "Source editor" in the Preferred editor: menu under the Editing tab.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • This mode can be made exclusive (no Visual Mode) in Special:Preferences by selecting "Source editor" in the Preferred editor: menu under the Editing tab.
    • This mode is preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the edit is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Notes

Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's visual editor user preferences.

Next steps

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