How To Edit Pages

In order to edit pages on this Wiki, you need to be a member of the site. If you aren't, first join this site.

If you are a member and want to edit a page in this Site, go to that page, then click on the (blue) 'Edit' link at the bottom of the page. This will open an editor.

The editor

Visit Documentation pages to learn a lot about how it all works.

Text can simply be typed in. Here below, I give a quick guide for the most useful editing operations. Most operations can be done with the buttons the editor gives, which shows itself. I'll give here the guidelines how to do lots of things without the buttons.

Create headers (like this line)

Type a number of plus signs ('+', '++' etc.) followed by a space, at the start of the line. The more pluses, the lower level header it will be.
The corresponding button above the editor is 'H1' (or one of the other 'H' buttons that show up when you hover over the H1 button).

Make text bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, subscript or superscript

Type the following formatting characters both before and after the text you want this done to:

  • asterisks for bold: **important** will look like: important
  • slashes for italics: //important// will look like: important,
  • underscores for underline: __important__ will look like: important
  • dashes for strikethrough: --unimportant-- will look like: unimportant
  • commas for subscript: CO,,2,, will look like: CO2
  • circonflexes for superscript: 1^^st^^ will look like: 1st

The corresponding buttons are: 'B' for bold, 'I' for italic, 'U' for underline, 'S' for strikethrough, 'Xy' for subscript and 'Xy' for superscript.

Insert a link to another page of this wiki

Type: [[[page name]]] or [[[page name | link text]]].
Page name is the name of the page you're linking to; link text is the text reading in the link (if other than the page name).
If the page you are linking to doesn't exist yet, you can follow the link to it, which will automatically enable you to create the page.

Insert a link to an external webpage

Type: [] or [ link text]. is the URL you're linking to; link text is the text reading in the link (if other than the URL).
If you want the link to open a separate window, put an asterisk before the URL: [* link text].

Insert a link to a file

Type: [[file filename.doc]] or [[file filename.doc | link text]].
filename.doc is the name of the file you're linking to; link text is the text reading in the link (if other than the file name).
Note that the file needs to be attached to the page you're linking from. See Add a file.

Insert a picture

If the picture is available on the web:
Type: [[image]]
where is the URL to the picture.

If you have the picture as a file:
First, upload the picture as a file attached to the page (see add file).
Then, type: [[image picture.jpg]]
where picture.jpg is the filename of your picture.

Create a numbered or bulleted list

Type a 'hash' sign (#) at the start of the each line of the numbered list, or an asterisk (*) at the start of each line of the bulleted list.
The corresponding button is the '123' button for the numbered list, and the one next to it for the bulleted list.
For nested lists, add a space before the hash or asterisk to indent.
Note that the numbering will start from 1 every time the list is interrupted by a not-numbered line.

Insert a quote from another text

Type a 'larger than' sign (>) at the start of the line of the quote.
The corresponding button is 'Q'.
A quote looks like this:

This is quoted text.

Enter any of the formatting characters as normal text (like I've done here)

Type a double 'at' sign (@@) before and the same after the characters.
The corresponding button is 'R'.


When you're done, click the 'save' button below the editor, which will save your changes and close the editor. You can also

  • 'cancel' (close the editor without saving),
  • 'show changes' (speaks for itself),
  • 'preview' (show the result without saving it),
  • 'save & continue' (save but keep the editor open; this does not show the result).

Note that you can always go back to the editor and modify the page again.


If you've added much information to a page, you may want to add a tag. Tags are the clickable words on the left side of this site, which indicate which pages contain information about which subjects. To add a tag to the page:

  1. close the editor (if it is open)
  2. Click 'Tags' at the bottom of the page
  3. Add a word which represents some of the information on the page. It can be one of the words you see already on the left of this site, but it needn't be.
  4. Click the button 'Save Tags'.

Anything else

There are many more things you can do. If you want to do something else and can't figure out how to do it, either visit Documentation pages or contact me (Max van de Kamp): kampmax at Also contact me if any of the above explanations is not clear.

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