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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}} 04
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} April
{{CURRENTMONTHNAMEGEN}} April
{{CURRENTDAY}} 8
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Wednesday
{{CURRENTYEAR}} 2020
{{CURRENTTIME}} 12:57
{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} 16,067

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

It's not necessary to know wikitext in order to edit a page: you can use the VisualEditor, or visual mode in the classic editor, to avoid it. However, users who learn it may appreciate the additional control they have over page content.

Wikitext can be used via 'source mode' in either editor. To access an article's wikitext:

  • Classic editor: click the 'Source' tab at the top right of the edit area.
  • VisualEditor: click the menu button towards the right side of the toolbar, and choose 'Source Editor'.

Below is an outline of basic wikitext that you can use while editing. Many of the options listed below have shortcut buttons in the editor toolbars.

Text formatting

Inline wikitext: code you can use anywhere in the code
Description You type You get
Italicize text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Internal link
(within a 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)
[https://www.example.org]

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

[1]

displayed text
https://www.example.org

Sign your posts
on talk pages
~~~~ (4 tildes) Your username 12:22,

8 April 2020 (UTC)

Insert the current date and time (UTC). Generally only used on talk pages. ~~~~~ (5 tildes) 12:22, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Display wikitext code as typed <nowiki>[[This is not a link]]</nowiki> [[This is not a link]]
Code that works only at the start of a line
Description You type You get
Headings

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

(Skip level 1; it's used for the page name.)

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

Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Indented paragraph or line

No indent
: One indent
:: Two indents

No indent

One indent
Two indents
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
Mixed list

* bulleted item
*# numbered item 1
*#: indented item a
*#: indented item b
*# numbered item 2

  • bulleted item
    1. numbered item 1
      indented item a
      indented item b
    2. numbered item 2
Preformatted text with working links

" "Color Text (note space at start, remove quotation marks)

Color Text
Preformatted text that shows underlying wikitext

<pre>[[Color]] Text</pre>

[[Color]] Text

Image formatting

Description You type You get
Image [[File:SeaOtter.png]] SeaOtter
Sized image
(width change with aspect ratio maintained)
[[File:SeaOtter.png|100px]] SeaOtter
Thumbnail image [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|Caption text]]
SeaOtter

Caption text

Aligned image

[[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|left]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|center]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|right]]

SeaOtter
SeaOtter
SeaOtter
Linked image [[File:SeaOtter.png|link=Help:Contents]] SeaOtter
Changed alt text [[File:SeaOtter.png|alt=A sea otter|]] A sea otter

Further wikitext examples

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

See also

Further help and feedback

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