Basic Text Entry And Formatting

Text Entry

To begin work on a wiki page, scroll to the bottom and click the "edit" link.

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The editing platform that appears includes a space containing the title of the page, which you can change, followed by a three-tiered toolbar, underneath which you will find a box in which you can type your desired content.

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Note that while you are working on a page, you have a 15-minute "lock" for editing (this is primarily to prevent others from simultaneously making changes). This time period refreshes each time you are active on the page. The counter in the gray box keeps track of how long you have left before your lock expires; pay attention to it, as you might lose any unsaved changes!

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Fortunately, wikidot will save a draft of your page every minute, so in the event you do lose your editing lock or there is a disruption in the network connection, a version of your changes will still be accessible. Should this happen, you will be prompted when you again edit the page either to revise the original page or to continue editing your draft. You can also save a draft, to the same end, if for instance you want to continue working at a later time and don't yet wish to institute your changes. Simply click the "save draft" link found beneath your workspace.

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Text Formatting

For basic formatting, you will primarily be concerned with several buttons on the top row of the toolbar. Additional options made available by the toolbar are explained in further pages of our how-to section; for instance the first button on this row pertains to headers, which are covered on the Headers and Table of Contents how-to page.

Bold-face

To bold-face your text, click the second button marked "B."

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

**sample**

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two asterisks on either side of the text you wish to bold.

Italics

To italicize your text, click the third button marked "I."

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

//sample//

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two forward slashes on either side of the text you wish to italicize.

Underline

To underline your text, click the fourth button marked "U."

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

__sample__

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two underscores (hold down the "shift" and "dash" keys on your keyboard) on either side of the text you wish to underline.

Strikethrough

To strikethrough your text, click the fifth button marked "S."

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

--sample--

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two dashes on either side of the text you wish to underline.

Superscript

To superscript your text, click the eight button marked "Xy." This will make the designated text appear slightly higher and smaller than other text on the same line.

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

^^sample^^

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two carats (hold down the "shift" and "6" keys on your keyboard) on either side of the text you wish to superscript.

Subscript

To subscript your text, click the ninth button marked "Xy." This will make the designated text appear slightly lower and smaller than other text on the same line.

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This inserts the following code into your editing box:

,,sample,,

Replace the word "sample" with the desired text. Alternately, you can simply type the two commas on either side of the text you wish to subscript.

Quote Blocks

Wikidot provides you with the option of placing quotes in a readily discernible block text format you can access by using the seventh button marked with a "Q" surrounded by a dashed box.

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This inserts the following code into your wiki page:

> "sample quote"

A quote so formatted would appear on your page like this:

"sample quote"


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