Help:Editing

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This article provides a quick introduction to editing pages within this wiki. The full documentation for Semantic MediaWiki is elsewhere.

Quicklinks:

  1. Quick syntax reference (Cheatsheet)
  2. Complete editing help from Wikipedia
  3. Additional markup in Semantic MediaWiki

If you are new to wikis in general, you probably need a short primer. Wikis are systems for simple, collaborative management of online content. In reality, many wikis deviate from this classical defintion, but it is still true for the wiki that you are just using. In a wiki, every user can author and modify pages, in many cases even without logging in. To describe how a page should look, one uses a simple text-format with some special commands to express important features such as links to other pages or enumerations.

To edit a page, just click on the edit link above each article. If you want to experiment, feel free to do so in the Sandbox. During editing, you can press the Show preview button below each page to see the current state. When you are done, press Save page to store the result. The new page becomes available immediately to all users. But do not worry: Every change can be undone, and the complete page history is preserved. You cannot do any harm by editing some page!

For an introduction on how to edit pages in detail, see the editing help of Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is based on the same software that powers wiki.ontoworld.org, usage is mostly similar. Once you know the bas.css of editing, the MediaWiki cheatsheet provides a more convenient reference for the most important statements.

But Semantic MediaWiki uses Semantic MediaWiki – an extension of MediaWiki that has some additional features. Those advanced features make it easier to find information within the wiki, and they help to organise the content in a more convenient way. But this added functionality also requires some further syntactic elements that can be found in the wiki-text of some articles. An introduction to these features is given in Help:Annotation, but you can also simply ignore unknown markup if you do not want to use it.

To get started, you might want to edit the article about yourself: enter your full name (in its normal writing, including spaces) into the search field on the left. If the page exists you can go right there to update the information about yourself. If there is no article of that name already, you can create it by choosing create this article in the result page. The simplest way to quickly get a personal page is to copy the source of someone elses page and to modify it accordingly. The Template:Person used on most personal pages classifies your page so that it is listed among all persons. (And you also get a little FOAF file for free.)

Have fun!