Help:Tutorial (Formatting)

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Most text formatting is usually done with Wiki markup, so people don't have to learn HTML.

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Wiki markup

Writing for Vincentian Encyclopedia articles is a bit different from writing on a standard word processor. Instead of a strict "what you see is what you get" approach (also called WYSIWYG by fans of computer jargon), wiki uses simple text codes for formatting. The approach is similar to that used in writing HTML for web pages, but the codes are simpler.

The wiki can accept some HTML tags directly, but most people use the built-in MediaWiki markup language, which is designed for ease of editing.

Bold and italics

The most commonly used wiki tags are bold and italics. Bolding and italicizing is done by surrounding a word or phrase with multiple apostrophes ('):

  • ''italics'' is rendered as italics. (2 apostrophes on either side)
  • '''bold''' is rendered as bold. (3 apostrophes on either side)
  • '''''bolded italics''''' is rendered as bolded italics. (2 + 3 = 5 apostrophes on either side)

Headings and subheadings

Headings and subheadings are an easy way to improve the organization of an article. If you can see two or more distinct topics being discussed, you can break up the article by inserting a heading for each section.

Headings can be created like this:

  • ==Top level heading== (2 equals signs)
  • ===Subheading=== (3 equals signs)
  • ====Another level down==== (4 equals signs)

If an article has at least four headings, a table of contents will be automatically generated. Try creating a heading in this page's sandbox. It will be automatically added to the table of contents for the page, assuming three others already exist. When you're done, click below to continue.


A discussion of rubrics for indenting may be found at Vincentian Encyclopedia:Tutorial (Talk pages)

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