Simple wiki editing tips
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This is a page to quickly start editing the Stellarium wiki. This short and helpful overview was written by Cameron over at Photoblogs and adapted to the Stellarium wiki.
 Editing pages
When you begin a new wiki page or edit an existing one, much of the time you will simply be entering text. You will notice above the edit window there are several buttons. Some affect selected/highlighted text, for example to make a certain word or section of text bold or italic - Select text as you would in Word or most other text editing programs ie. left mouse down and drag over the text you wish to select. Some buttons help make links whilst others insert images and media files onto a page. I will describe what you can use some of the buttons for below.
 Bold text
this button will format any selected text in a bold style.
 Italic text
this button will format any selected text in italics.
This button will create a internal link (that is a link to any other page in this wiki) for any selected text. Once the page is saved you will see that the selected text now shows as an internal link that when clicked on will take you to a new page with that links name. The link can be to an existing page, or to a new page. It does not matter if the page doesn't actually exist yet within the Stellarium wiki - when the link is visited a blank page with the link name will be created and you can start entering text and data into it immediately. You can achieve links in a couple of different ways. One will make a link to a page using the linked pages's name as the link like so: [[An internal link]] gives An internal link. A different way is to make a link to a page but display the link with a shortened or different name. This is handy with particularly long link names or ones that don't immediately make sense or just look a bit untidy ~ such as User:JomeSysop, which would look neater as simply Jome ~ both link to the same page (a page about Jome) but are entered in different ways.
- [[User:JomeSysop]] gives User:JomeSysop
- [[User:JomeSysop|JomeSysop]] gives JomeSysop ~ this latter type of internal link is called a "piped link".
This button will create an external link (one to somewhere else on the internet, outside of the Stellarium wiki pages) in numbered format. If you enter a full url eg. http://www.stellarium.org/ in the edit box, when the page is saved that url will automatically become a link, but if you highlight it and click on the External link button and it will appear on the page like so:  - to give this kind of numbered format link a name leave a space between the full url and an appropriate name for the linked site like so: [http://www.stellarium.org/ Stellarium.org] which will appear on the saved page like so: Stellarium.org
This button will make highlighted/selected text a Level 2 Headline. These are headlines for subsections within a page, and also appear in the table of contents of a page where there are more than a couple of subsections to that page or article (such as the headings for each category on this page, like "Making a Headline")
This button will allow you to embed an image onto the page. Initially in the edit box you will see [[Image:Example.jpg]] when you click on this buttton. To embed the image you need to replace Example.jpg with the name and extension type (ie. .jpg .gif .png) of an uploaded image file. You can see a list of images uploaded on the Special:Imagelist page.
- Note: Currently file upload is disabled on the Stellarium wiki - This part of the help may not be very relevant apart from this next bit: How have I included the images for this page then? I have used a direct image link...
Used to embed other types of media files (such as .mp3 audio files) into a page. Once again this is to include a file already uploaded so probably wont be relevant here - see above.
 Mathematical formulas
For writing mathematical formulas. Read the MediaWiki formula writing page to learn about it.
 No "Wiki" formatting
This button will allow highlighted text to be displayed without wiki formatting - example:
- '''without''' ''wiki formatting''
- without wiki formatting
This is how I have managed to include examples of wiki formatting in this "help" page.
When you use this button your user signature (that you set in preferences) will be displayed along with the time and date you left a message/edit. Your user signature is also a link that will take other users to a page specifically for your user name. You may want to include a short bio, and even a picture of yourself on this page. In addition your user page has a discussion tab. All pages have this, but if someone leaves a message on your discussion page, when you next log in you will be notified that you have messages. Here is an example of my Stellarium wiki user signature:
--jome 06:08, 25 July 2006 (PDT)
 Horizontal line
creates a horizontal line like this: