UnknowableWiki:Formatting

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Formatting an article wiki-style is easy!

Text formatting

  • Always format dates as [[Month Day]], [[Year]]. This will make it possible for each user's preferred date-viewing option to work properly, and we'll soon use the links to make a Timeline project.

Bold and italics

  • Use apostrophes to make bold and italic text:
    • two of them cause something to be italic (''italic'')
    • three apostrophes make text bold ('''bold''')
    • five apostrophes make text bold and italic ('''''bold and italic''''')
  • Usage rules:
    • Always use bold when referring to the current page title within the article.
    • Always use italics when quoting the Harry Potter books directly, such as:
Lily calls James an "arrogant, bullying toerag" (OP28)
    • Always use italics when referring to book, song or fic titles.
    • If the page title is a book or song title, use bold and italics.
    • Use italics when pointing to another article without linking to it in the main text, e.g. (see Editing Help for a comprehensive list of 'how to edit pages' articles) — please use this sparingly, only if you have no other way of linking to said article within the text.

HTML

HTML use is possible, but strongly discouraged.

  • Useful HTML:
    • <s> or <strike> will give you good old strikeout. The usage of strikeout should be limited to user profiles and Talk Pages, and will be deleted from all articles.
    • <!--Invisible note to editors--> If you write something there, it won't show up in the article, just when someone opens the 'edit' page.
  • Useless HTML:
    • <u> is, of course, underlined text. Please avoid using this, unless you wish to do so in your profile or talk page; it serves no purpose in this wiki.
    • <span style="font-variant:small-caps">Writing text here</span> will make it show up in small caps.

Links

Internal links

  • Links should be made like this: [[Article Name]], which automatically generates a link to the article with that name, e.g. Harry Potter.
  • Please pay attention to the article's name before you link to it: spelling is, of course, essential, but check if the article to which you intend to link doesn't have a similar name, e.g. Harry Potter (series) and Harry Potter (character) (or just Harry Potter) should not be confused.
  • Most often than not, using full link titles make the text repetitive and confusing (e.g. The Hogwarts library is in the fourth floor of the Hogwarts castle. The Hogwarts employee in charge is Irma Pince). In order to avoid this, use [[Article Name|What You Want to Display]].
  • If you're linking to a category, remember to place a colon before the word 'Category'; for instance: [[:Category:Ministry of Magic Employees]]
  • If you're linking to an article title that has a namespace before it (such as 'Category:', 'User:' and the interwiki links mentioned below), you can simply write this: [[User:ChristyCorr|]]; the wiki will understand that you wish to have the prefix not show up if you include the pipe.
  • If your link name is an adjective or the plural form of the title of the link you wish to point to, you can type it like this: [[Romania]]n, [[Brazil]]ian, [[Butterbeer]]s; the links will show up properly, i.e. Romanian, Butterbeers.

Important: Capitalisation matters in Wiki article names; the same goes for links. The first letter of each link is automatically capitalised, but you should worry about the rest; a link to harry potter, for instance, will show up as broken.

External links

As a rule, loose external links should be placed in a separate section at the end of the article. When a given article has only one link, however, it may simply not be worth the trouble to create a 'Footnotes' or 'External links' section.

  • Remember to include the http:// in every link you use.
  • Give your links a title by typing [http://www.google.com Google], which will show up like this: Google. Remember to separate the end of the link from its title by a single space!
  • You may also leave the title blank, e.g. [http://www.google.com]; it ends up looking like this [1]; this format is useful when linking to a source (such as jkrowling.com) mid-article if the page has no 'Footnotes' section.

Interwiki links

Some websites are registered in the UnknowableWiki database so that links to them will not show up as external. These links are called 'interwiki links'. Remember to include the pipe after the link so that the prefix does not show up (e.g. [[wiki:Hermione Granger|]] -> Hermione Granger).

So far, the websites registered are:

Paragraphs

  • A single new line has no effect on the layout.
  • An empty line starts a new paragraph.

Sections

  • ==Section name== will make a section in the article.
  • ===Subsection name=== will make a subsection.
  • ====Sub-subsection name==== ... you got the drill.

Lists

When using lists, it is important not to leave empty lines between its items.

  • Using * at the beginning of a line will start a bullet-point list (like this one).
  • Using # at the beginning of a line will start a numbered list.

Footnotes

In order to have footnotes (used to cite sources or external links), simply type Blah blah <ref>Whatever you wish to add to the footnote</ref> continue the text here, no problem in the article text. At the end of the page (see the General Page Template for more information), make a section entitled 'Footnotes' and write <references />. All your footnotes will appear listed there.


Now that you've learned Formatting, it's time to learn how to use Categories!

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