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Help:Wiki markup

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By adding a few characters into the text on a page, you can change the way the text is presented on the published page. Wiki markup really can be as simple as that.


Formatting text

  • For bold text write '''bold text''': the words you want to see in bold are surrounded by three apostrophes
  • For italic text write ''italic text'': just two apostrophes either side of your italic words

Creating a link

  • For a link to an external webpage, use a pair of square brackets around the link: [!/WikiAthletic]
  • To link to a page within this wiki, use a double-set of square brackets around only the page name, e.g. [[Henley Royal Regatta]] becomes Henley Royal Regatta
  • To change the name of a link as it appears on the page, open with a single or double square bracket respectively, insert your link as above, use a pipe character (usually found next to the left shift key) and type the words you wish to display. Close with your single or double square brackets. For example, HRR can now be found here. In wiki markup, it reads exactly like this: HRR [[Henley Royal Regatta| can now be found here]]
  • You can also link to a page on this wiki that doesn't exist yet, creating a page suggestion at the same time. When the page is published, the link will appear in red, and not the usual blue. The page suggestion will also appear on the Wanted pages list, a live task list for contributors such as yourself.

Bullet points and numbered lists

To create a list puctuated by bullet points, use the asterisk/star symbol * at the beginning of each new line:

* Bullet 1

* Bullet 2

* Bullet 3

This would appear as follows:

  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3

Numbered lists follow exactly the same principle as bullet points, using a hash symbol # in place of the asterisk. The numbering will then appear in place of the # automatically.

Titles and subtitles

This title above is known as a level 2 headline. It is created by adding two equals signs == either side of the heading text. The above title would have been created like this: == Titles and subtitles ==.

To create a subheading under this one, you would simply use three equals signs === in exactly the same way. The subheading below would usually read: === Contents lists ===.

Contents lists

These lists are automatically generated by the wiki once the page contains four or more level 2 headlines. Clicking on each headline from the contents box will direct the reader to the relevant part of the page.

Adding categories to a page

Categories appear at the end of an article page. They illustrate how the page is 'classified', and clicking on one of these categories will generate a list of similar pages. For example, the bottom of this page shows that it refers to Category:Help.

  • To add a category to a page, type the name of the category between a double set of square brackets. It will look like this: [[Category:Rowing kit]]. No matter where you place it on a page, it will appear at the bottom in the category box. However, it is good practice to add your categories to the bottom of the page when editing.
  • The simplest way to find relevant categories for your article page is to scrutinise similar pages. For example, the boat builder Stampfli is categorised under Category:British boat builders and Category:Rowing equipment.

Referring to a category in the text

On occasions, you may wish to include a link to a category in the article. Bear in mind that wherever you refer to a category on a page, it will automatically display at the end of a page only, regardless of where you place it. Therefore, do the following:

  • To show a category in the body of text, insert a colon : between the double square brackets and the word category, for example [[:Category:Help]].

Adding comments

It is possible to leave a comment for other authors (usually instructions or warnings) that should be hidden from view on the published page. Insert such comments <!-- in between here --> and it will be hidden from view on the published page.

Using a template

Certain pages such as rowing club pages, regatta pages and athlete pages use an infobox template. This involves copying text in a table format into your article page. For more information and links to the templates on offer, see Templates.