Welcome to Standard Editing Procedure - Wiki 101. Here, we're going to introduce the basics and standards of wiki editing. Mind you, these aren't the exact standards of editing specifically here on Sasukepedia, but are basics and standards that are generally followed on every wiki, even Sasukepedia uses them as a basis for it's editing.
101a - Bold
Making text bold on the internet or even in desktop applications is a feature that is used to express, or rather emphasize something important or to bring something to attention. We use the same technique in wikis to add emphasis to something that we are trying to convey in an article. Since wiki is not an essay or paper for our English literacy class due on Tuesday, but a neutral point of view encyclopedic database of knowledge, there are truly few places in which we need to bold our text on a wiki, but however it is necessary in some cases.
In order to bold text on a wiki, you won't be using the standards of pressing Ctrl+B like in desktop applications, nor will you use the HTML <b> in webpages or the BBCode [b] from forums. Instead, the process of bolding text in wiki requires the use of three apostrophes on both sides of the word, sentence, or phrase you wish to bold.
A few examples:
|This has a '''bold''' taste||This has a bold taste|
|'''Due Date:''' December 21st, 2012||Due Date: December 21st, 2012|
|'''Nagano Makoto''' (長野 誠)||Nagano Makoto (長野 誠)|
- Note - The use of the HTML <b> is possible, however it is not the proper way to bold text on a wiki. Refrain from using the HTML code, pretty much all the time.
101b - Italics
Making text italic(s) on the internet, like bold text, is practically as simple as a simple keyboard command, Ctrl+I, or by using some HTML <i> for webpages and a little bit of [i] BBCode for forums. Like bold, we use italics to add emphasis to something; but unlike it's bold brother (see what I did there?), the type of emphasis here is for the difference or specifics in things, as opposed to things like a deadline, date of birth, name, or what have you.
In the case of italics and wiki, you are going to pretty much follow the same general rules from your English literacy class and italics on items that need be italicized, unlike it's bold brother that would only come out for very few specific things in a wiki. To italicize a word, sentence, or phrase, you will instead use two apostrophes on both sides, instead of the three that bold uses.
A few examples:
|Do I ''have'' to?||Do I have to?|
|That's a little ''too much''||That's a little too much|
|What are you asking ''me'' for?!||What are you asking me for?!|
- Note - Like it's bold brother, the use of the HTML <i> is possible, however it is not the proper way to italicize text on a wiki. With that in mind, please refrain from using HTML code at all times.
101c - Bold & Italics
It is possible to combine the two siblings, bold and italics into a whatever it may be needed for. If you understand the basics of bolding and italicizing text, then you should be able to understand the proper use of bold and italics together under the same usage.
In order to bold AND italicize a word, sentence, or phrase - you will use five apostrophes on both ends of what it is you need bolded and italicized. I know, it seems hard, having to add two or three more apostrophes to your already two or three apostrophe added word, sentence, or phrase; but we'll all make it through this together.
A few examples:
|'''We don't ''need'' it.'''||We don't need it.|
|Not '''''entirely''''' true.||Not entirely true.|
|You '''could''' do '''''better'''''.||You could do better.|
101d - Internal Links
Internal links are a vital importance to the editing of wiki. Not only do they provide ease of access to other articles, but they are also a lot less code heavy than say an HTML <a href="http://www.google.com">google</a> link. Instead, they allow for fast and easy linking to other articles on the same wiki, without the need for unnecessary code.
Simple and to the point, an internal link can be created simply by placing two brackets around the target word or phrase, for example [[SASUKE]] will take you to the SASUKE article. Simple, clean, easy. You can also do things like add letters to the end of the word/link to make it plural, without changing the link; for example - [[Competitor]]s, comes out as Competitors. And finally, you can even change the text that is displayed in place of the link, as if it were an HTML or BBCode link, simply by using a vertical bar - an example being [[List of SASUKE Competitors|Sasuke Competitors]], which outputs as Sasuke Competitors.
A few examples:
|[[List of SASUKE competitors|Sasuke Competitors]]||Sasuke Competitors|
Another thing to note about internal links, is their color. If they are deep red in color, that means that the page you are attempting to link to does not exist. If you know for sure that the page does exist, you may want to check your link again and make sure that you have the right page targeted. Links are case sensitive, so check for things such as capitalization as well when verifying. However, on the flipside of things, if you know that the page does not exist and are looking to create the page at a later date, then leaving the red link in place is fine for the time being.
101e - External Links
External links aren't as important to a wiki as internal links, but they are equally important when looking for source material, and are just as easy to implement into a wiki article as internal links are. Simply put, when you want to link a page not on the wiki, you will want to use an external link to get it included in the page.
External links can be added by simply placing a single bracket around the link that you want, as well as adding some text to describe the link. Now, the text you add will have to be inside the bracket with the link, seperated by a space instead of a vertical bar. Take a look at some of the examples below for a better understanding on how these work.
A few examples:
|[http://sasukemaniac.proboards.com/index.cgi Sasuke Maniac Forums]||Sasuke Maniac Forums|
|[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=95208867819 Sasuke Group on Facebook]||Sasuke Group on Facebook|
|[http://ramblingrican.blogspot.com/ Arsenette's Sasuke Picture Blog]||Arsenette's Sasuke Picture Blog|
101f - Article Section Headlines
Article Section Headlines are also of vital importance to wiki editing, like internal links are. With them, you can separate sections of an article into various tiers, such as this article page, as well as almost every other article on the wiki. A quick example of the Article Section Headlines would be the text 101f - Article Section Headlines, headlining this specific section of this article.
Article sections can be further subdivided into smaller headlines, creating an outline-like format. The purpose of these headlines is strictly organizational, to allow fellow editors and readers, to quickly navigate the article as well as read it in an orderly manner.
To create a headline, you will want to place an equal sign (=) on each side of the text you wish to use as a title for that section of the article.
Take a look at the following for example...
=Section 1= creates the highest level section, typically these are never used as they are the equivalent of the article page title, but for the purposes of this tutorial, it is included, albeit without a functioning example.
==101f - Example Section 2== creates...
101f - Example Section 2
The second highest level in article sectioning, and the most common form of article sections. These are used all the time, in virtually every article ever created in a wiki.
===101f - Example Section 3=== creates...
101f - Example Section 3
The third highest level in article sectioning, and the second most common form of article sections. These are used almost as much as Section 2 headlines, coming only after a Section 2 headline.
====101f - Example Section 4==== creates...
101f - Example Section 4
The fourth highest level in article sectioning, and a form of article sections. These are used on the occasion, but not frequently enough for them to be considered for use on an often or frequent basis. They come strictly after a Section 2 and Section 3.
101g - Article Section Headlines (Continued)
If you haven't already noticed, the text in Section 3 is smaller than Section 2, and Section 4's text is smaller than Section 3. It is because of this nature in which Section headlines are used, headlines beyond Section 4 tend to lose their focus and general readability after this point and with that in mind, it is not advised to go beyond a Section 4 headline, ever.
If it is for some unknown reason required to go beyond a Section 4, consider rewriting the article to confine to a Section 2-4 headline structure.
Also note that the Example Sections created above, are reflected in the Table of Contents at the top of the article.