Help:Quick Reference

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This page is intended for use as a quick-reference for looking up how to put the formatting and other features that you want to add to esoterum. A rule to live by when trying to edit in this environment if you want your work to look pretty: Use the "Show preview" button on the edit page A LOT.

Here are some additional resources:

Wikipedia Tutorial
MediaWiki User's Guide
MediaWiki Configuration settings list
MediaWiki FAQ
MediaWiki release mailing list


Formatting Text

Note Type This To Get This

The grey box with the dotted blue outline is achieved by simply placing a space before the text.

''Any Italic Text''

(use two apostrophes, not quotes)

Any Italic Text

'''Any Bold Text'''

Any Bold Text

'''''Any Bold-Italics Text'''''

Any Bold-Italics Text

List of color names for use with this tag.

<span style="color:red">Flaming red text</span>

Flaming red text

[[Esoterum]]

Esoterum
(a link to the page called "Esoterum")

[[Esoterum|Sucks]] 

(using the "pipe": '|' above the backslash on the keyboard)

Sucks
(which still links to the page "Esoterum")

http://www.esoterum.com

http://www.esoterum.com
(a link external to the Guyclopedia wiki)

[http://www.esoterum.com Sucks] 

(using only a space before "Sucks" instead of the pipe: '|' used earlier for internal links)

Sucks
(which still links to www.esoterum.com)

If you want to start a new line

you have to 
press return twice
otherwise 
text 
on the next line 
will be
treated as if it 
is in the same paragraph!

If you want to start a new line

you have to press return twice otherwise text on the next line will be treated as if it is in the same paragraph!


Headings


Type:

= First Level =

To get:

First Level


Type:

== Second Level ==

To get:

Second Level


Type:

=== Third Level ===

To get:

Third Level


etc.


Bullets and Numbers


Type:

Text

:Text

::Text

:::Text

::::Text

To get:

Text

Text
Text
Text
Text

Type:

* Text

* Text

* Text

** Text

*** Text

To get:

  • Text
  • Text
  • Text
    • Text
      • Text

Type:

# Text

# Text

## Text

## Text

# Text

To get:

  1. Text
  2. Text
    1. Text
    2. Text
  3. Text


Images


After uploading an image, and using the name of the uploaded file, type:

[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|center|200px|thumb|This is a centered thumbnail, 
200px describes the size of the displayed image]]

To get:

This is a centered thumbnail, 200px describes the size of the displayed image.

A thumbnail with no alignment specified will be automatically right aligned (see below for more on right alignment):

[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|200px|thumb|This is a thumbnail with no alignment specified]]

To get:

This is a thumbnail with no alignment specified















Left Alignment causes the rest of the page to wrap around the right side of the image:

[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|left|200px|thumb|This is a left aligned thumbnail.]]
 This text is wrapped around the right side of the image.  

 Look at the effect on the text by increasing and decreasing the width of your browser.  

 You can push all of the text below the image by making your browser window narrow enough.

To get (additional lines are added in the actual markup below to keep following examples from creeping up around this image also):


This is a left aligned thumbnail.

This text is wrapped around the right side of the image.

Look at the effect on the text by increasing and decreasing the width of your browser.

You can push all of the text below the image by making your browser window narrow enough.












An example of a right aligned image, now the page wraps around the left side of the image:

[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|right|200px|This is a right aligned image]]
 This is a demonstration of how text wraps around an image that is aligned to the right.

 The whole page will keep wrapping around the image until it reaches the bottom of the image.

To get (additional lines are added in the actual markup below to keep following examples from creeping up around this image also):


This is a right aligned image

This is a demonstration of how text wraps around an image that is aligned to the right.

The whole page will keep wrapping around the image until it reaches the bottom of the image.










If you do not use a thumbnail and no alignment is designated, you can get in-line images by typing (example uses different image sizes also, and notice that extra spaces and single returns are ignored):

IN     [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|150px|This is a series of in-line images]]
LINE   [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|125px|This is a series of in-line images]]
IMAGES [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|100px|This is a series of in-line images]]
of     [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|75px|This is a series of in-line images]]
many   [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|50px|This is a series of in-line images]]
sizes  [[Image:An Emblem.jpg|25px|This is a series of in-line images]]

To get:

IN This is a series of in-line images LINE This is a series of in-line images IMAGES This is a series of in-line images of This is a series of in-line images many This is a series of in-line images sizes This is a series of in-line images


If you specifically designate alignment "none", you get left aligned images that do not wrap the following text and can be indented in the normal way using the colon ':' :

[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|none|150px|thumb|This image has alignment "none"]]
:[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|none|150px|thumb|This image has alignment "none" and is indented once with ':']]
::[[Image:An Emblem.jpg|none|150px|This image has alignment "none", is not a thumbnail, and is indented twice with ':']]

To get:

This image has alignment "none"
This image has alignment "none" and is indented once with ':'
This image has alignment "none", is not a thumbnail, and is indented twice with ':'


Tables


To add a simple table with boarder, where <tr></tr> defines each row, and <td></td> defines each column within each row:

<table border="1">
<tr>
<td>
*January
*February
</td>
<td>
*March
*April
</td>
<td>
*May
*June
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
*July
*August
</td>
<td>
*September
*October
</td>
<td>
*November
*December
</td>
</tr>
</table>

To get:

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Categories and Subpages


To add a page to a category, type the following (at the bottom of the page by convention):

[[Category:"Name of the Category"]]

To create a subpage with an automatically generated backlink to the parent, just create a link on the main page preceded with a slash- '/':

[[/Subpage]]

To get a link to the new subpage "Help:Quick_Reference/Subpage":

/Subpage (The demonstration doesn't work because subpages are not enabled in the "Help" namespace.)



Special functions/Extensions


Add the following "commands" to have a block of text dissapear after a certain date:

 <eventcountdown date="15-April-2035">
 Only <daysuntil in="days">15-April-2035</daysuntil> to [[The Apocalypse]]!!
 </eventcountdown>
 

To get (which dissapears on April 15, 2035 and also inserts a countdown "daysuntil" which shows the number of days until April 15, 2035):


<eventcountdown date="15-April-2035"> Only <daysuntil in="days">15-April-2035</daysuntil> to The Apocalypse!</eventcountdown>



On page commands or "Magic Words"


Type near the top of the page:

__NOTOC__

To remove the table of contents from a page.


Type near the top of the page:

__NOEDITSECTION__

To remove the little "edit" links at each section on larger pages.