Help:Editing

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Begin Editing[edit]

To begin editing a page, click on "Edit this page" or the "edit" tab at the top. To edit an individual section, look at the section header for "[edit]".

Then insert your wiki text into it, whatever that may be. To see what your page looks like before you save it, press "Show preview". If that all looks good, enter a Summary (see below), mark whether it's a minor edit, and if you want to watch the page. Then, when you're finished, press "Save page." Your changes will be visible immediately.

"Minor" Edits[edit]

A logged in user has the option of flagging the edit as a "minor edit". When to use this is some what a matter of personal preference. The rule of thumb is that an edit of a page that is spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearranging of text should be flagged as a "minor edit". A major edit is basically something that makes the entry worth relooking at for somebody who wants to watch the article rather closely, so any "real" change, even if it is a single word. This feature is important, because users can choose to hide minor edits in their view of the recent changes to keep the volume of edits down to a manageable level.

The reason for not allowing a user who is not logged in to mark an edit as minor is that vandalism could then be marked as a minor edit and which in this case it would stay unnoticed longer. This limitation is another reason to log in.

Summary[edit]

The Summary is a summary of what you have done to change the page. Whether it be creating the page or fixing a spelling error, you should always fill out the summary, so administrators know what you've done.

The Wiki Markup[edit]

In this section, we will show everything about how to make a good wiki page--formatting, links and more.

You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference. If you want to try out things without danger of doing any harm to Halopedia or its users, you can do so in the Sandbox.

Sections, Paragraphs, Lists, and Lines[edit]

What You SeeWhat You Type
Section Headings Look Like This:

New section


Subsection

Sub-subsection

Section Headings Look Like This:

== New section ==

=== Subsection ===

==== Sub-subsection ====

New line:

A single new line has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line

starts a new paragraph.

New line:

A single
new line
has no
effect on the
layout.

But an empty line

starts a new paragraph.

You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.

You can break lines<br/>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Bulleted lists are easy;
    • Just start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
* Bulleted lists are easy;
** Just start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A new line
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A new line
#in a list

marks the end of the list.

#New numbering starts
#with 1.
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
        or have newlines
        inside lists
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this<br/>or have newlines<br/>inside lists
  • You can also
    • break lines
      inside lists
      like this
* You can also
**break lines<br/>inside lists<br/>like this
Definition list 
list

of definitions

item 
the item's definition
; Definition list : list
of definitions
; item : the item's definition
IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
  it will be formatted exactly
    as typed;
  in a fixed-width font;
  lines won't wrap;
ENDIF
this is useful for:
  * pasting preformatted text;
  * algorithm descriptions;
  * program source code
  * ASCII art;
  * chemical structures;

WARNING: if you make the text wide, it won't wrap, and force the whole page to be wide and hence less readable.

 IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
   it will be formatted exactly
     as typed;
   in a fixed-width font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
 this is useful for:
   * pasting preformatted text;
   * algorithm descriptions;
   * program source code
   * ASCII art;
   * chemical structures;
Centered text.
<center>Centered text.</center>

Column 1


Column 2



 {{col-begin}}
 {{col-2}}
 ==Column 1==
 {{col-2}}
 ==Column 2==
 {{col-end}}

Links, URLS[edit]

Joe is playing Halo on Xbox.
Jane is playing Halo on PC.

Spaces are treated like underscores (typing an underscore is the same as typing a space, but is not recommended).

Joe is playing Halo on [[Xbox]].<br />
Jane is playing [[Halo PC|Halo on PC]].

When adding a comment to a Talk page, you should sign it. You can do this by adding three tildes for your user name:

Wheresthebrain

or four for user name plus date/time:

Wheresthebrain 01:49, 3 Jan 2005 (UTC)
When adding a comment to a Talk page,
you should sign it. You can do this by
adding three tildes for your user name:
: ~~~
or four for user name plus date/time:
: ~~~~

Redirect one article title to another by putting text like this in its first line.

#REDIRECT [[Master Chief]]

External links: Bungie, [1]

External links:
[http://www.bungie.net Bungie],
[http://www.bungie.net]

Or just give the URL: http://www.bungie.net

Or just give the URL:
http://www.bungie.net

To connect in between wikis use the Interwiki code Halo on Wikipedia

[[Wikipedia:Halo|Halo on Wikipedia]]

Character Formatting[edit]

Emphasize, strongly, very strongly.
Note:These are double and triple apostrophes, not double quotes.

''Emphasize'', '''strongly''',
'''''very strongly'''''.

A typewriter font for technical terms.

A typewriter font for 
<tt>technical terms</tt>.

You can use small text for captions.

You can use <small>small text</small> 
for captions.

You can strike out deleted material and underline new material.

You can <s>strike out deleted material</s>
and <u>underline new material</u>.

Umlauts and accents:
è é ê ë ì í

À Á Â Ã Ä Å
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù
Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
û ü ÿ

è é ê ë ì í

À Á Â Ã Ä Å
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù
Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
û ü ÿ

Commenting page source:
not shown in page

Note:Used to leave comments in a page for future edits.

<!-- comment here -->

Formatted Text[edit]

There are three basic formattings you can apply to text, which are explained below.

Colored Text[edit]

Using colored text is highly discouraged but in some cases useful. To color your text enter the following code. So for example:

<span style="color:red;">red text</span>
<span style="color:orange;">orange text</span>
<span style="color:yellow;">yellow text</span>
<span style="color:green;">green text</span>
<span style="color:blue;">blue text</span>
<span style="color:purple;">purple text</span>
<span style="color:black;">black text</span>
<span style="color:silver;">silver text</span>

Will output:red text orange text yellow text green text blue text purple text black text silver text

However, it is also possible to use <font color="COLOR">Text here</font>

For example, Red text

For a complete list of possible colors, see Wikipedia's article on web colors. Simply copy the hex code next to your preferred color, paste in the appropriate spot, and remove the spaces in the hex code. For example:

<span style="color:#0000FF;">This text is blue.</span>

Will give this: This text is blue.

Font Size[edit]

To set a specified font size, enter the following code. So for example:

<span style="font-size: 130%;">Enlarged text</span>

Will output:Enlarged text

Typeface[edit]

To set a specified typeface, enter the following code. So for example:

<span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Typeface</span>

Will output:Typeface

Combined[edit]

A piece of text can also combine two or all three of the above. So for example:

<span style="color: Blue; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 120%;">Custom text</span>

Will output:Custom text

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