Editing Tips

You must be a PBS list member and an approved wiki user in order to edit wiki pages. If you want to experiment with editing a page, try it on the Wiki SandBox.

Steps in editing

  1. To edit any page click on the Edit link at the bottom of every page.
  2. Make your changes. To help in editing there are GUI buttons that can be used to add the desired formatting to highlighted text for italics, bold, italics and bold, add an internal link, an image, or an attachment, and to make headings and a horizontal line.
  3. Before saving what you have edited please check how it looks by clicking on the Preview box. If it does not look like you want it to look, please change it until it does.
  4. If you are satisfied with how it looks, write what you have done in the Summary box.
  5. Click on the Save box.

The rest of this page illustrates the way you can add information on a page so it will look formatted. Some of this will be done automatically if you use the GUI editing buttons. There are examples to illustrate these points. When editing a page, you see the markup text that describes the content of the page.

Examples of common markups

The table below demonstrates many of the common markups used to format pages. The right column shows the effect of the markup, the left column shows what to write to achieve the effect.

General Usage

What to type

What it looks like

An empty line

starts a new paragraph.

An empty line

starts a new paragraph.

Use two backslashes\\
to break a line.

Use three backslashes\\\
for two line breaks.

Use two backslashes
to break a line.

Use three backslashes

for two line breaks.

A single backslash \
joins the next line \
to the previous one.

A single backslash joins the next line to the previous one.

->An arrow at the beginning of a line indents the first word in that line.

-->Longer arrows indent further.

-<A reverse arrow creates a hanging indent, the first line is outdented and remaining lines are indented.
An arrow at the beginning of a line indents the first word in that line.
Longer arrows indent further.
A reverse arrow creates a hanging indent, the first line is outdented and remaining lines are indented.
Four or more dashes at the beginning of a line
----
produce a horizontal line.

Four or more dashes at the beginning of a line


produce a horizontal line.

Lists

What to type

What it looks like

* lists are created by using asterisks
  • lists are created by using asterisks
# Numbered lists
# are also possible
  1. Numbered lists
  2. are also possible

Text Emphasis

This section shows how to do italics, bold, and bold italics.

What to type

What it looks like

//Gladiolus carmineus// (italics)

**Gladiolus carmineus** (bold)

//**Gladiolus carmineus**// (bold italics)

**//Gladiolus// sp.** (sp., ssp., spp., cf., var. and nov. are not italicized).

Gladiolus carmineus (italics)

Gladiolus carmineus (bold)

Gladiolus carmineus (bold italics)

Gladiolus sp. (sp., ssp., spp., cf., var. and nov. are not italicized).

Links

To make a link to another page, enclose the page's name in double square brackets.

What to type

What it looks like

[[Amaryllidaceae]] is a family

Amaryllidaceae is a family

Text after a pipe (|) is used as the link text

Practice editing in the
[[SandBox | practice area]].

Practice editing in the practice area.

Links to external sources can be entered

# bare url:  http://google.com
# link text: [[http://google.com | Google]]
# as reference: [[http://google.com |#]]
  1. bare url: http://google.com
  2. link text: Google
  3. as reference: [1]

Links can open in another window,

as in %newwin% http://www.pmwiki.org

as in http://www.pmwiki.org

Headings

What to type

What it looks like

!! Major Subheading

!!! Minor Subheading

Major Subheading

Minor Subheading

Anchors

Links to specific locations within a page

What to type

What it looks like

//**Geissorhiza eurystigma[[#eurystigma]]**// - Create an anchor by repeating the word you want to anchor, surrounding the repeated word (the anchor) by brackets and preceding it by #

[[#eurystigma|//Geissorhiza eurystigma//]]  Enclosing the anchor, pipe, link text in double brackets will allow clicking on the link text to take you to the anchor location on the same page.

[[GeissorhizaSpeciesOne#eurystigma | //Geissorhiza eurystigma//]] Enclosing the PageName, the anchor, pipe, link text in double brackets will create a link to the anchor location on another page.

[[#DeVosFerraria]] A separate anchor can be created using more than one word but the anchor must begin with a letter and no spaces are allow between the words.

[[References#DeVosFerraria | //The African genus Ferraria//]] Links to anchors must use the same capitalization as the anchor itself

Geissorhiza eurystigma - Create an anchor by repeating the word you want to anchor, surrounding the repeated word (the anchor) by brackets and preceding it by #

Geissorhiza eurystigma Enclosing the anchor, pipe, link text in double brackets will allow clicking on the link text to take you to the anchor location on the same page.

Geissorhiza eurystigma Enclosing the PageName, the anchor, pipe, link text in double brackets will create a link to the anchor location on another page.

A separate anchor can be created using more than one word but the anchor must begin with a letter and no spaces are allow between the words.

The African genus Ferraria Links to anchors must use the same capitalization as the anchor itself

Escape sequence

If you don't want Wiki markup to be processed, but suppressed, use brackets with equal marks inside [=suppressed text =] around the area

What to type

What it looks like

[= markup characters are **not** processed =]

markup characters are **not** processed


Related PBS wiki pages:
Adding Pages - Table Additions - Upload File


For more detailed information about editing see information provided by PmWiki:
Documentation Index - Basic Editing - text formatting rules - markup master index -- Wiki Styles


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