Help:How to create/update page

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If you don't want to edit or create article, but have an ideas how to improve content and organization, please open New ideas page, otherwise continue with this manual.

Please read this short manual if you want to create new or edit existing pages. This manual is not complteted and it can be found on www.mediawiki.org website, but you can find briefly explained how to work with BizApps Wiki editor.

You are more then welcomed as editor of BizApps Wiki as this is free and open encyclopedia and quantity and quality of its content depends on community. But we would like to avoid mistakes in editing content and because of that, we want to give you a few instructions.

This is not necessary to be registered and logged-in to the system if you want to create/edit, but system will keep your IP address as editor. Anyway, we are suggesting to register yourselves as we would like to have some numbers about you as contributors. We want to award the best contributors every year.

Edit existing page

If you want to edit content in some page, just click on Edit upper right of the screen and system will be opened in "Edit mode":

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When you finish with editing, click blue button Save changes lower left of the screen. Editing will be finished an all changes saved. Keep in mind that some pages cannot be edited because they are protected and for some of them you need to get approval on the end after review from admins.

Create new page

If you want to create new page, there are two options for this. First is if you found word colored as red (this is link to no-content) and you want to create content and second option is when this link doesn't exist and you want to create page from the scratch with name you choose.

If the key word already exist in some text

If you find word colored in red, that means that page with this name doesn't exist. You just need to click on this word and system will open the editor for creating the new content/page.

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When you finish with your text, click blue button Save changes lower left of the screen and new page will be created.

If you want to create from the scratch

If the page doesn't exist and you cannot find 'red link', you need to add name of your new page on the end of URL in your browser.

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When you click Enter new page will appear and you just need to click on the blue text create this page on the end of appeared text. After that, system will open the editor for creating the new content/page.

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After that, everything is the same as in the previous example.

Templates

Infobox templates may be used to summarize information about a particular company/app/person..., usually at the top of an article, on the right side of the screen (similar as in the next example).

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When you open a page in Edit mode and see similar beginning of the page (text in curly bracket), it means this page contains Infobox:

  {{Infobox ...
  |...
  |...
  }}

You can see one of the examples on the following screenshot:

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Infoboxes

You can use different infoboxes, and you can use the following manuals if you want to modify existing 'Infobox or you want to create new page and you would like to use Infobox with summarized information about particular topic.

  • Infobox company - You will use this infobox if you want to create company. It can be used for software vendor company or for the partners. There is no difference and differences exists only in infobox content. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Infobox App - You will use this infobox if you want to create page for some of Business Applications or other software as well. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Infobox person - You will use this infobox if you want to create page for specific person (software author, company executive, enthusiast, technical evangelist, journalist...). Be careful with personal data and use them only if they are public data. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Infobox website - You will use this infobox if you want to create page for some website or other web-platform. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Infobox programming language - You will use this infobox if you want to create page for specific programming language. >>>>>>>>>> User manual

Citations

It is extremely important to have valid information in BizApps Wiki and we would like to encourage you that every time you have a valid source for information you entered, connect this text with the source using one of the following citation templates:

  • Cite web - Use it if citation comes from some webpage. This is probably the most used citation link. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Cite book - Use it if citation comes from the book. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Cite journal - Use it if citation comes from some journal/newspaper. >>>>>>>>>> User manual
  • Citation - Use it if citation comes from unspecified source. >>>>>>>>>> User manual

You will see that this is not too complicated to add an information source on the end of your texts, but it can extremely increase trust to our content.

Other signs

You can use additional different signs for handling with the editor. There are some of the most used:

Links to another pages

If you want to link to another BizApps Wiki page, you can do it as following:

Word has the same name as linked page

Put your word in double squared brackets as followed example (you want to connect word BizApps Wiki with the same name page):

[[BizApps Wiki]]

Result will be visible as followed: BizApps Wiki (visible word will be blue colored and it means you will have correctly link to the same name page).

Word has the same name as linked page

If your word and directed pages are not with the same name, you can do the following (you want to connect word BizApps Encyclopedia with the page BizApps Wiki):

[[BizApps Wiki|BizApps Encyclopedia]]

Again you should use double squared brackets, but in the first part enter name of page you want to direct, then vertical line "|" and word you want to see on the page. Result will be visible as followed: BizApps Encyclopedia (your second part will be visible as a word and it will be blue colored - you will have correctly link to the page; but when you click on this word system will open the page from the first part).

Wrong link

If you made mistake with your link and it page doesn't exist, you will see red colored word, as in the following example BizApps Wiki.

Editor

Description You type You get
Character (inline) formatting – applies anywhere
Italic text
''italic''

italic

Bold text
'''bold'''

bold

Bold and italic
'''''bold & italic'''''

bold & italic

Escape wiki markup
<nowiki>no [[wiki]] ''markup''</nowiki>

no [[wiki]] ''markup''

Section formatting – only at the beginning of the line
Section Headings of different levels
== Level 2 ==

=== Level 3 ===

==== Level 4 ====

===== Level 5 =====

====== Level 6 ======

<span class="citation wikicite" id="endnote_

  • Skip Level 1, it is page name level.
  • Do not put any text on the same line after the ending equal signs.
  • An article with 4 or more headings automatically creates a table of contents (unless setting the magic word __NOTOC__).">[[#ref_
  • Skip Level 1, it is page name level.
  • Do not put any text on the same line after the ending equal signs.
  • An article with 4 or more headings automatically creates a table of contents (unless setting the magic word __NOTOC__).|^]]

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5
Level 6
Horizontal rule
Text before
----
Text after

Text before


Text after

Bullet list
* Start each line
* with an [[Wikipedia:asterisk|asterisk]] (*).
** More asterisks give deeper
*** and deeper levels.
* Line breaks <br />don't break levels.
*** But jumping levels creates empty space.
Any other start ends the list.

* combine bullet list
** with definition 
::- definition
** creates empty space

* combine bullet list
** with definition 
*:- definition
** without empty spaces

*bullet list
:- definition
:* sublist that doesn't create empty
:* spaces after definition
  • Start each line
  • with an asterisk (*).
    • More asterisks give deeper
      • and deeper levels.
  • Line breaks
    don't break levels.
      • But jumping levels creates empty space.

Any other start ends the list.

  • combine bullet list
    • with definition
- definition
    • creates empty space
  • combine bullet list
    • with definition
    - definition
    • without empty spaces
  • bullet list
- definition
  • sublist that doesn't create empty
  • spaces after definition
Numbered list
# Start each line
# with a [[Wikipedia:Number_sign|number sign]] (#).
## More number signs give deeper
### and deeper
### levels.
# Line breaks <br />don't break levels.
### But jumping levels creates empty space.
# Blank lines

# end the list and start another.
Any other start also
ends the list.

<nowiki>#</nowiki> use "nowiki" tags to display a literal (#) at the beginning of a line without interpreting it as a numbered list.
  1. Start each line
  2. with a number sign (#).
    1. More number signs give deeper
      1. and deeper
      2. levels.
  3. Line breaks
    don't break levels.
      1. But jumping levels creates empty space.
  4. Blank lines
  1. end the list and start another.

Any other start also ends the list.

# use "nowiki" tags to display a literal (#) at the beginning of a line without interpreting it as a numbered list.

Definition list
;item 1
: definition 1
;item 2
: definition 2-1
: definition 2-2

<span class="citation wikicite" id="endnote_At the end of the line, if the line begins with a semicolon (;), any inserted colon (:) will not be displayed. If you want for the colon to be displayed, escape it by writing &#58;.">[[#ref_At the end of the line, if the line begins with a semicolon (;), any inserted colon (:) will not be displayed. If you want for the colon to be displayed, escape it by writing &#58;.|^]]

item 1
definition 1
item 2
definition 2-1
definition 2-2
Indent text
: Single indent
:: Double indent
::::: Multiple indent

^

Single indent
Double indent
Multiple indent
Mixture of different types of list
# one
# two
#* two point one
#* two point two
# three
#; three item one
#: three def one
# four
#: four def one
#: this looks like a continuation
#: and is often used
#: instead <br />of <nowiki><br /></nowiki>
# five
## five sub 1
### five sub 1 sub 1
## five sub 2

<span class="citation wikicite" id="endnote_The usage of #: and *: for breaking a line within an item may also harm accessibility.">[[#ref_The usage of #: and *: for breaking a line within an item may also harm accessibility.|^]]

  1. one
  2. two
    • two point one
    • two point two
  3. three
    three item one
    three def one
  4. four
    four def one
    this looks like a continuation
    and is often used
    instead
    of <br />
  5. five
    1. five sub 1
      1. five sub 1 sub 1
    2. five sub 2
Preformatted text
 Start each line with a space.
 Text is '''preformatted''' and
 ''markups'' '''''can''''' be done.

^

Start each line with a space.
Text is preformatted and
markups can be done.
Preformatted text blocks
 <nowiki>Start with a space in the first column,
(before the <nowiki>).

Then your block format will be
    maintained.

This is good for copying in code blocks:

def function():
    """documentation string"""

    if True:
        print True
    else:
        print False</nowiki>
Start with a space in the first column,
(before the <nowiki>).

Then your block format will be
    maintained.

This is good for copying in code blocks:

def function():
    """documentation string"""

    if True:
        print True
    else:
        print False

MediaWiki ignores single line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can force a line break within a paragraph with the HTML tag <br />.

HTML tags

Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki, for example <code>, <div>, and <span>. These apply anywhere you insert them.

Description You type You get
Inserted
(Displays as underline in most browsers)
<ins>Inserted</ins>

or

<u>Underline</u>

Inserted

or

Underline

Deleted
(Displays as strike-through in most browsers)
<s>Strike-through</s>

or

<del>Deleted</del>

Strike-through

or

Deleted

Fixed width text
<code>Source code</code>
Source code
Blockquotes
Text before
<blockquote>Blockquote</blockquote>
Text after

Text before

Blockquote

Text after

Quotes
<q>This is a quotation</q>

[[#ref_The q element must not be used in place of quotation marks that do not represent quotes; for example, it is inappropriate to use the q element for marking up sarcastic statements.[1]|^]]

This is a quotation
Comment
<!-- This is a comment -->
Comments are visible only 
in the edit zone.

Comments are visible only in the edit zone.

Completely preformatted text
<pre>Text is '''preformatted''' and 
''markups'' '''''cannot''''' be done</pre>

^

Text is '''preformatted''' and 
''markups'' '''''cannot''''' be done
Customized preformatted text
<pre style="color: red">Text is '''preformatted''' 
with a style and 
''markups'' '''''cannot''''' be done
</pre>

<span class="citation wikicite" id="endnote_A CSS style can be named within the style attribute.">[[#ref_A CSS style can be named within the style attribute.|^]]

Text is '''preformatted''' 
with a style and 
''markups'' '''''cannot''''' be done

continued:

Description You type You get
Default preformatted text has a CSS attribute (white-space: pre-wrap;) to wrap the text according to available width
<pre>
This long sentence is used to demonstrate text wrapping. This additional sentence makes the text even longer. This additional sentence makes the text even longer.
</pre>
This long sentence is used to demonstrate text wrapping. This additional sentence makes the text even longer. This additional sentence makes the text even longer.
Customized preformatted text with disabled text wrapping
<pre style="white-space: pre;">
This long sentence is used to demonstrate text wrapping. This additional sentence makes the text even longer. This additional sentence makes the text even longer.
</pre>
This long sentence is used to demonstrate text wrapping. This additional sentence makes the text even longer. This additional sentence makes the text even longer.

Using links

There are a few different models of links inside the MediaWiki projects, but mostly they are divided into internal and external links. You can find more details on our help page about links.

Best practices

It is recommended to use categories at the bottom of your text. On the bottom of your text, one of the best practices is to add one of the following templates, depends on topic you are writing:

If you have some important information related with your article, of you noticed something in an existing article, please use templates on the top of article to make this info visible, using templates from Help:Important Messages.

See also

References