On a wiki, it is customary to allow readers to edit content and structure. This is a brief overview of the editing and contributing process. The editing table of contents to the right contains more information on editing functions.
Review policy and conventions
- Make sure that you submit information which is relevant to the specific purpose of the wiki, or your content might be deleted. You can always use the Discussion or talk pages to ask questions or check to see if your idea will be accepted. Please make note of the license your contributions will be covered with.
- To start editing a KDE Developer Wiki page, click the Edit link at the tab on the top. This brings you to the edit page: a page with a text box containing the wikitext - the editable code from which the server produces the finished page. If you just want to experiment, please do so in the sandbox, not here.
Type your changes
- You can just type your text. However, also using basic wiki markup (described in the next section) to make links and do simple formatting adds to the value of your contribution. Please follow the style used in other wiki articles. If you follow this, your contributions will be more valuable as they won't need to be cleaned up later.
Summarize your changes
- Write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box.
Preview before saving
- When you have finished, click Show preview to see how your changes will look before you make them permanent. Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click Save page and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
Most frequent wiki markup explained
Here are the 6 most frequently used types of wiki markup.
|What it looks like||What you type|
You can italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.
3 apostrophes will embolden the text.
5 apostrophes will embolden and italicize the text.
(4 apostrophes doesn't do anything special -- there's just 'one left over'.)
You can ''italicize text'' by putting 2 apostrophes on each side. 3 apostrophes will embolden '''the text'''. 5 apostrophes will embolden and italicize '''''the text'''''. (4 apostrophes doesn't do anything special -- there's just ''''one left over''''.)
You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:
You should "sign" your comments on talk pages: <br> - Three tildes give your user name: ~~~ <br> - Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: ~~~~ <br> - Five tildes give the date/time alone: ~~~~~ <br>
Headings organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.
Using more equals signs creates a subsection.
A smaller subsection
Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.
Start with 2 equals signs not 1 because 1 creates H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.