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This page is a tutorial for learning to work with the essential rules of wiki-formatted text, or "wikitext". Wikitext is designed to be as simple as possible so that an article may be quickly typed and styled without having to take a break to type out long HTML codes. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to channel your thoughts into writing the perfect article (or even a not-so-perfect article!).

Text formatting Edit

Creating italicized or bold text is the simplest rule — simply use the apostrophe character in groups of two or three to create the style. (Be sure to use the "straight" apostrophe and not the curved "smart quote" characters used in some text editors and word processors!)

What you type What you see
''italicized text'' italicized text
'''bold text''' bold text
'''''italicized and bold text''''' italicized and bold text

To create a tabbed list or a block of text using a monospace font, start the line with a space. (Be sure not to make the line too long, or it will stretch the page horizontally!) Text can also be indented in blockquotes using the colon character.

What you type What you see
Preformatted text
Preformatted text
: Indented text
Indented text

Lists Edit

Both unordered and numbered lists are simple to create as well: simply use the asterisk or hash characters at the beginning of a line to create the entry. To create nested lists, simply add an extra asterisk or hash to the front of the line. You can even mix and match the kinds of list in a single group!

What you type What you see
* Item One
* Item Two
  • Item One
  • Item Two
# Item One
# Item Two
  1. Item One
  2. Item Two
* Item One
** Item Two
  • Item One
    • Item Two
* Item One
*# Item Two
  • Item One
    1. Item Two
; term : definition
term 
definition

Links and URLs Edit

In a wiki, it's important to help build the web by creating links to other articles in every appropriate context. Use the following techniques to create "free links" to other White Wolf articles:

What you type What you see
[[White Wolf]] White Wolf
[[Vampire: The Requiem|'''Vampire: The Requiem''']] Vampire: The Requiem
[[This article doesn't exist]] This article doesn't exist
[[White Wolf:Policies and Guidelines]] White Wolf:Policies and Guidelines
[[White Wolf:Policies and Guidelines|]] Policies and Guidelines

You can also make external links to other websites using the following formatting rules:

What you type What you see
[[Wikipedia:White Wolf]] Wikipedia:White Wolf
[[Wikipedia:White Wolf|White Wolf]] White Wolf
http://wiki.wolf-spoor.org/ http://wiki.wolf-spoor.org/
[http://wiki.wolf-spoor.org/] [1]
[http://wiki.wolf-spoor.org/ WWWiki] WWWiki

See also: Interwiki links

Sections Edit

If an article is long enough, you can divide the page into different sections. WWWiki will automatically generate a table of contents based on the content for all articles with more than three sections.

You can also create a horizontal divider by using four dashes in a row.

What you type What you see
== Header Two == Header Two
=== Header Three === Header Three
==== Header Four ==== Header Four
----

Images and other media Edit

See: Help: Image markup

Tables Edit

See: Help: Table markup

Mathematical formulae Edit

See: Help: Math markup

Variables Edit

The MediaWiki software has a number of built-in variables for common elements that may change depending on the date.

Code Effect
{{CURRENTMONTH}} 11
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} November
{{CURRENTMONTHNAMEGEN}} November
{{CURRENTDAY}} 25
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Tuesday
{{CURRENTYEAR}} 2014
{{CURRENTTIME}} 23:07
{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} 9,080

NUMBEROFARTICLES is the number of pages in the main namespace which contain a link and are not a redirect (i.e. number of articles, stubs containing a link, and disambiguation pages).

See also: Help:Template

Suppressing markup Edit

It's also possible to tell MediaWiki to ignore any of the above rules using a simple tag:

What you type What you see
<nowiki>'''text here'''</nowiki> '''text here'''
Location Source

How to access source mode in the classic editor

Wikitext is the main markup language used to format content on wikias. It can be used to add photos, tables, bold styles, links, and other visual changes.

It's not necessary to know wikitext in order to edit at Wikia. You can use the visual mode in the classic editor, or the new VisualEditor (where enabled), to avoid it. However, users who learn it find that they have more control over their editing experience. It can be used in 'source mode' in either editor.

Below is a cheat sheet for basic wikitext that you can use while editing. Many of the options listed below have shortcut buttons in the visual editors' toolbars.

Wikitext cheat sheet

Text

Description You type You get
Italicise text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Internal link
(within a local wiki)
[[Help:Contents]]

[[Help:Contents|Displayed text]]

Help:Contents
Displayed text
Redirect to another page #REDIRECT [[Help:Contents]] redirectltr.png Help:Contents
External link
(to other websites)
[http://www.example.org]

[http://www.example.org displayed text]
http://www.example.org

[1]

displayed text
http://www.example.org

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The following work only when used at the start of a line of code
Headings

A Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article.

==Level 2==
===Level 3===
====Level 4====
=====Level 5=====
======Level 6======

Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Bulleted list

*One
*Two
**Two point one
*Three

  • One
  • Two
    • Two point one
  • Three
Numbered list

#One
#Two
##Two point one
#Three

  1. One
  2. Two
    1. Two point one
  3. Three

Images

Description You type You get
Image [[File:SeaOtter.png]] SeaOtter
Sized image [[File:SeaOtter.png|150px]] SeaOtter
Thumbnail image [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|Caption text]]
SeaOtter

Caption text

Bordered image [[File:SeaOtter.png|border|Caption text]] SeaOtter
Aligned image

[[File:SeaOtter.png|border|150px|left]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|border|150px|center]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|border|150px|right]]

SeaOtter
SeaOtter
SeaOtter
Linked image [[File:SeaOtter.png|link=Help:Contents]] SeaOtter

Further examples

For more complex content that is sometimes more easily managed with wikitext editing, see:

See also

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