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This is a quick start guide to get you started with creating pages on the Wiki. More details can be found on the Help Guide page

Contents

Starting a new page

Always check to see whether there is an existing page before starting a new one

  • To start a new page, enter the name of your page in the Search box. It will tell you that the page does not exist and will give you the option to create a new page. Click on this and away you go.
  • To correct typos in a page title, you need to move the page. To do this, click on the arrow next to history and follow the instructions.
  • It is good practice to replace spaces with underscores in a page title. For example Page_Title. The underscores do not show when the page title is viewed

Page layouts and formatting text

  • To enter headers etc you put = signs before and after the header. First level headers are only used for the page title. For a second level header, enter ==Title==, for a third level header ===Title===. The wiki will automatically create a box with the names of the sections in.
  • To italicise text, add two apostrophes before and after the word(s). E.g. ''italicise''
  • To embolden text, add three apostrophes before and after the word(s) E.g. '''embolden'''

Creating Lists

  • Bullet lists are created by putting a star (*) before each item. For example *test, etc. To indent, use two stars or more, e.g. **test
  • Numbered lists are created by putting a hash sign (#) before each item. For example #test. To indent, use two stars or more, e.g. ##test

Creating Links

  • Links to URLs are created as follows [www.myurladdress linkname]. Make sure you put a space between the URL and the link name
  • Links to other pages in the wiki are created as follows [[page name]]

When creating the page, think about all of the links that will be required now and in the future. For example, your text might mention Schools Class. This can link to a page called Schools Class which has more information about it.

If the page does not currently exist, you can still set up a link in anticipation - e.g. [[Schools Class]]. The text will show as red, indicating the the page does not exist. If the page is subsequently created then the text will no longer show as red. Creating a link in the way will save going back and re-editing all of the pages that have Schools Class in them

Using images

Image files to be uploaded must be less than 250kb

To upload an image
  • Check that your file is less than 250kb
  • Click on 'Upload file' from the Toolbox on the left of the screen
  • Follow the instructions and a page will be created with the name of your file e.g. 'file:mypicture'
  • To insert the image in your page type [[File:yourfilename.jpg|thumb|100px|Alignment|Text]]
    • Text is a short description of the image.
    • The Wiki accepts formats other than jpg so if your file is, for example, a png file, then replace .jpg with .png
    • Alignment refers to where you want the image to appear. If you want the image in the center, then [[File:yourfilename.jpg|thumb|100px|center|Text]], right aligned is [[File:yourfilename.jpg|thumb|100px|right|Text] , left aligned is [[File:yourfilename.jpg|thumb|100px|left|Text]

If you get an error stating that it is unable to create a thumbnail, then your file is too big


Categories

Categories are used to group pages. By adding pages to a category, the category page will display all of the pages in the category in alphabetical order.

Always check to see what categories are available before adding a new one

  • To create a category, type Category:category_name in the search box
  • To add pages to a category, add [[Category: Category name]] . The name of the category will appear at the bottom of the page
  • It is good practice to replace spaces with underscores in a cateogry title. For example Category_Title. The underscores do not show when the Category is viewed

Templates

A template is a page that is used to put the same information on a number of pages. The following templates are used in this wiki

  • TOC 01 - used to add the categories for the 'Real Railways UK' pages
  • Suppliers01 - used to add the categories for suppliers of N gauge accessories
  • Suppliers02 - used to add the categories for suppliers of N gauge scenic materials
  • Suppliers_3D - used to add the categories for suppliers of products produced by 3D
  • TOCE - used to add the categories for the 'Real Railways Europe' pages
  • Main Page - contains the list of categories displayed on the main page

To insert the name of a template into a page use double curly brackets around the template name e.g. {{Suppliers01}}

Profiles and signatures

  • You can create your own signature and use it when creating content.
  • Each of us has our own 'profile' page. You can select preferences for the date/time.



This is not a definitive guide

--Pengi (talk) 02:30, 18 May 2013 (PDT)