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Basics

Wiki code

GrassrootsWiki is based on the MediaWiki software which also powers the well-known Wikipedia. So, the wiki code is fully usable on GrassrootsWiki. For this option have a look into Wikipedias tutorial.

Editing toolbar

The editing toolbar on GrassrootsWiki differs a bit from the MediaWikis one. But likewise, it offers the most needed wiki commands as buttons.

WYSIWYG editor

In addition to the wiki code GrassrootsWiki comes with an WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor. At present, this editor is applicable with the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox browser. It is planned to extend the application to other browsers like Opera.

The editor allows to edit articles similar to word processing programs. This makes it even easier to start as an editor on GrassrootsWiki. If you are in the edit mode of a page you can freely switch between wiki code and the editor.

Formatting commands

Subheadings

Internal and external links

Grassrootswiki knows internal and external links. In the wiki mode click the button Button link.png to automatically link the term to an internal wiki site. For an external link use the button Button extlink.png.

The rich editor has just one button for links (including to files!).

Adding images or documents

In both editing modes (wiki text or rich editor) GrassrootsWiki offers two ways to add images to an article:

  • automatically generated thumbnail with link to the original image (maximum size 200 kB),
  • image with user-defined dimensions.

Please take note, that the maximum file size is 200 kB.

Using wiki text choose the image button Button image.png for the user-defined image or the thimbnail button Button image thumb.png. Add the name of your image including file extension. To add a file use the file button Button media.png.

Using the rich editor click its image button and select the type of image you want to add. Write the image file name including file extension. To add a file use the link button and put the file name including file extension.

In both edit modes the image or file will appear automatically after saving. If it is not included in the wiki database, you have to use the function Upload file or just click the image or file name in your article to follow the instructions.

Adding references

The purpose of adding references is explained in the article guidelines.

Footnotes

Many articles place their references in footnotes. Footnotes show which specific part of the article a reference is being applied to. The inline citations in this method appear as small clickable numbers within the text, which link to a numbered list of full citations in footnotes at the end of the article. To add footnotes to your article the basic steps are:

  • Immediately after the text that requires a source, add <ref>details of the reference</ref>. This will appear as a numbered superscript link.
  • If you are working on a new page, or adding the first footnote to a page, add the following wiki markup at the bottom of the page, where the body of the footnote will appear:
==References== OR just put ---- to create a horizontal line to separate the reference section
<references />
  • Your details of the reference text will appear in the appropriate section towards the bottom of the article, listed along with other footnotes; clicking on the numbered superscript link in the text will jump to it.

General references

If a source supports a significant amount of the material in an article, it may sometimes be acceptable to simply add the citation at the end. It serves as a general reference, not linked to any particular part of the article. The basic steps are:

  • If you are working on a new page, or adding the first citation to a page, add the following wiki markup at the bottom of the page, where the list of references will be written:
==References==
* details of the reference
  • You can here write the details of the reference in the appropriate section towards the bottom of the article, listed in a bullet format.
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