Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Tutorial

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LESSON STRUCTURE

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  • This is a set of short lessons to teach you the fundamentals of Wikitext. Wikitext is the computer language of FamilySearch Wiki as well as all other Wikis.
  • The lessons are designed to help you learn the language in small easy-to-digest bites.
  • The exercise and/or questions at the end of each lesson are designed to help you learn how to apply the principles taught in the lessons. Please do not pass them up.
  • The lessons will help you to assimilate the knowledge necessary for you to edit and/or add content to FamilySearch Wiki.
  • The left sidebar will give you some idea of the items we will cover in these Wikitext lessons.

WHAT IS WIKITEXT?

  • Wikitext is the underlying language of all Wikis, whether it be FamilySearch Wiki, Wikipedia or Wikimedia.
  • However Wikitext has very limited capabilities.
  • Basically, all it can do is put black letters on a white background. It is very limited in what it can do to make a page interesting to look at. For that we need CSS Cascading Style Sheets.

CSS - CASCADING STYLE SHEETS

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  • These are series of codes which can add a little character to a page such as borders and background colors. CSS basically controls how a page will look to our patrons.

HTML - LANGUAGE OF THE INTERNET

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  • All internet sites including FamilySearch Wiki are based on the programming language called HTML, which stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. There is a separate course for HTML programming.
  • Wikitext is actually a simplified version of HTML.
  • HTML will give you more capabilities than Wikitext.

SANDBOX PAGE

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  • If you have not done so already, please create a sandbox page where you can practice your Wikitext lessons.
  • To create a sandbox page for practicing enter this into the search box: "user:your user name/sandbox/name of page you want to practice your Wikitext"
For example "User:johnsmith/sandbox/wikitext homework".
  • After you have typed in the name you want for your sandbox practice page, hit the enter key or click search icon on left side of search box.
  • A list will then appear and your entry will appear at the top of the list in red. The red just means that your sandbox page has not been created yet.
  • Click on that "red link," and a blank edit box will appear with the name of the sandbox page you just created displayed at the top.
  • As soon as you enter something in the edit box and save it, it will become a permanent page.
  • This will be the place to save your homework or to refresh your memory when needed from time to time.

TRY THESE OUT . . . .

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Quick Quiz
  • What is CSS?
A. Code to give character to wiki pages
B. Change color of text
C. Add background color to text
D. All of the above
  • What is Wikitext?
A. Simplified form of HTML
B. Language for all of the Internet
C. Language only for Wikipedia
D. None of the above
  • What is HTML?
A. Stands for Hyper Text Markdown Language
B. Language for all of the Internet
C. Created from wikitext
D. All of the above