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If you've never edited a wiki before, the first thing you should know is that it is '''very easy.''' Don't forget that if you make a mistake, it can easily be undone. You might also like to read our [[Teflpedia:Newcomer's guide|Newcomer's guide]].  
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If you have never edited a wiki before, the first thing you should know is that it is <b>very easy</b>. You might also like to read our [[Teflpedia:Newcomer's guide|Newcomer's guide]].
  
If you already know wiki editing basics but want to know more, see [[Help:Editing advanced]]. If you only want to know how to create a new article then go to [[Help:New article]].
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If you already know wiki editing basics but want to know more then [[Help:Detailed editing|click here]]. If you only want to know how to create a new article then go to [[Help:New article|New article]].
==Editing an existing page==
 
To edit a page that already exists:
 
* Click on the {{Tab|Edit}} link at the top of the page.  This will change your view of the page to an editable version of the code behind the page.  Don't let this frighten you as it's very easy to understand. You will see that, with few exceptions, it's made up of plain text.
 
*:To edit only a section of a page, click the [<span style="color:#0645AD;">edit</span>] link at right of heading of section you want to edit. This is preferred for several reasons: it's less work for the editor on your machine/browser (some limit editing to 32 kb) and it means someone else can edit a different section at the same time. See also [[Help:Editing advanced#Edit_Conflict|edit conflict]].
 
*Edit the text or add to it.
 
*Click {{Button|Show&nbsp;preview}} at the bottom of the page—this will let you see what your text will look like when (or if) you decide to save it.
 
*:If you still see something you don't like, then scroll down to the edit box, change the text, and click {{Button|Show&nbsp;preview}} again. 
 
*If you're happy with the result, click {{Button|Save&nbsp;page}} at the bottom and you're done.
 
  
Of course you don't have to preview first, if it's a small edit like a spelling correction you would probably simply click {{Button|Save&nbsp;page}} without previewing. Some editors, even those among us who have "been there, seen it and done it", find, however, that when they don't preview they often end up wishing they had&hellip;
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'''Note:''' when editing ''always'' start new lines at the extreme left of the edit box. Leaving a space will result in the line being badly formatted.
  
    '''Tip:''' Don't use space to indent lines. Starting with a space turns off
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==Editing a page which already exists==
    line wrapping and        gives literally spaced    text within a box, like this one.
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To edit a page which already exists:
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* Click on the {{Boxword|r=0|col=blue|<tt>edit</tt>}} tab at the top of the page.  This will change your view of the page to an editable version of the code behind the page.  Don't let this frighten you as it's very easy to understand. You will see that, with few exceptions, it's made up of plain text.
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:To edit only a section of a page, click on the <tt>[<span style="color:blue;">edit</span>]</tt> link at right of heading of section you want to edit. This is preferred for several reasons: less work for the editor on your machine/browser (some limit editing to 32 kb) also someone else can edit a different section at the same time. See also [[Help:Detailed editing#Edit_Conflict]]
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*Edit this text, or add to it.
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*Click {{Boxword|<tt>Show&nbsp;preview</tt>|bg=#EEEEEE}} at the bottom of the page - this will let you see what your text will look like when (or if) you decide to save it.
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::If you still see something you don't like, then edit in the box below and click on {{Boxword|<tt>Show&nbsp;preview</tt>|bg=#EEEEEE}} again. 
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*If you're happy with the result then click on {{Boxword|<tt>'''Save&nbsp;page'''</tt>|bg=#EEEEEE}} at the bottom and you're done.
  
:To indent, use colons (:, ::, :::) like this line.
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Of course you don't have to preview first, if it's a small edit like a spelling correction you would probably simply click {{Boxword|<tt>'''Save&nbsp;page'''</tt>|bg=#EEEEEE}} without previewing. Some editors, even those among us who have "been there, seen it and done it", find, however, that when they don't preview they often end up wishing they had&hellip;
  
 
===Edit summary===  
 
===Edit summary===  
Below the main "<tt>Edit</tt>" area there is a long oblong text box with the word "<tt>Summary</tt>" to the left.  This is to tell other people what sort of edit you've made.  Use " <tt>sp</tt> " to indicate a spelling correction or " <tt>typo</tt> " for a typographical error for instance. Some people like to put the first line of the paragraph they've added to give others an idea of their edit.
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Below the main "<tt>edit</tt>" area there is a long oblong text box with the word "<tt>Summary</tt>" to the left.  This is to tell other people what sort of edit you have made.  Use " <tt>sp</tt> " to indicate a spelling correction or " <tt>typo</tt> " for a typographical error for instance. Some people like to put the first line of the paragraph they have added to give others an idea of their edit.
  
 
===This is a minor edit===
 
===This is a minor edit===
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===Watch this page===
 
===Watch this page===
Many regular wiki users like to be able to easily see when a page that interests them has been changed.  If you click the "<tt>Watch this page</tt>" box at the bottom of the edit page, any changes to it will show up in bold for you on the "[[special:recentchanges|Recent changes]]" page. You can obtain the same result when viewing a page by clicking [[Help:Watchlist|the star]] just left to the link "Talk".
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Many regular wiki users like to be able to easily see when a page that interests them has been changed.  If you click the "<tt>Watch this page</tt>" box at the bottom of the edit page then any changes to it will show up in bold when you look at the "[[special:recentchanges|Recent changes]]" page. You can obtain the same result by clicking the {{Boxword|r=0|col=blue|<tt>watch</tt>}} tab at the top of the page.
  
 
==Creating a new page==
 
==Creating a new page==
To create a page on a new topic, enter the topic in the search box at top and click on {{Button|Go}}.  If the page already exists then you can edit it.  If it does not exist then you will be offered the opportunity to create it. Note where it says: "There is no page titled "whatever". You can <span style="color:red;">create this page</span>"; clicking on the red "create this page" will do just that.  Don't forget to check for alternate spellings, abbreviations etc.
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To create a page on a new topic, enter the topic in the search box to the left and click on {{Boxword|<tt>Go</tt>|bg=#EEEEEE}}.  If the page already exists then you can edit it.  If it does not exist then you will be offered the opportunity to create it. Note where it says: "<tt>There is no page titled "whatever". You can <span style="color:red;">create this page</span></tt>"; clicking on the red "create this page" will do just that.  Don't forget to check for alternate spellings, abbreviations etc. <br />The conventions we would like you to follow are indicated below - but nobody will shout at you if you don't follow them exactly or if you make any mistakes.
 
 
We'd appreciate it if you follow the conventions indicated below - but nobody will shout at you if you don't follow them exactly or if you make any mistakes.
 
  
 
===Conventions===
 
===Conventions===
If the title is more than one word then usually ''only the first word'' should be capitalized, exceptions are people's names, book titles etc.
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If the title is more than one word then usually ''only the first word'' should be capitalized, exceptions are people's names, book titles etc. <br />The topic (title) of the page should be included in the first sentence, as near to the start as possible, and it should be in '''bold'''. The simplest way to make something '''bold''' is to select it with your cursor and then click the '''B''' button to the top left of the editing box.<ref>See [[Help:Detailed_editing#Font_appearance|here]] for a more detailed description of text emphasis.</ref>
 
 
The topic (title) of the page should be included in the first sentence, as near to the start as possible, and it should be in '''bold'''. The simplest way to make something '''bold''' is to select it with your cursor and then click the '''B''' button to the top left of the editing box.<ref>See [[Help:Editing advanced#Font_appearance]] for a more detailed description of text emphasis.</ref>
 
  
 
===Headings===
 
===Headings===
To create a heading write your heading text, select it, and click on the big '''A''' button at the top left of the editing page.
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To create a heading write your heading text, select it, and click on the big '''A''' button at the top left of the editing page. <br />The same result is obtained by entering <tt>==</tt> (two equals signs) each side of the text you want to be your heading.  If you wish to create sub-headings then write your heading and put <tt>=== my heading ===</tt> where "my heading" is replaced by the text you want to use. <ref>See [[Help:Detailed_editing#Headings|here]] for a more detailed description of headings.</ref>
  
The same result is obtained by entering <tt>==</tt> (two equals signs) each side of the text you want to be your heading.  If you wish to create sub-headings then write your heading and put <tt>=== my heading ===</tt> where "my heading" is replaced by the text you want to use. <ref>See [[Help:Editing advanced#Headings]] for a more detailed description of headings.</ref>
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===Categories===
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All pages should be in a ''category''.  Categorise by entering <tt><nowiki>[[category:</nowiki>''your category'']]</tt> where "your category" is the category you wish to use. A list of existing categories can be found [[Special:Categories|here]].  If you cannot see an appropriate category then please create one. You do this by simply including the  <tt><nowiki>[[category:</nowiki>''your category'']]</tt>  at the bottom of the page.  This will create a new category in red.  Please also click on this red link and write a short description of the new category.
  
===Categories===
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==Help! This "wiki markup" is too complicated for me==
All pages should be in a ''category''Categorise by entering <tt><nowiki>[[category:</nowiki>''your category'']]</tt> where "your category" is the category you wish to use.  A list of existing categories can be found [[Special:Categories|here]]If you cannot see an appropriate category then please create one. You do this by simply including the  <tt><nowiki>[[category:</nowiki>''your category'']]</tt>  at the bottom of the page.  This will create a new category in red. If you click on this red link and write a short description of the new category, it will become blue.
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If you want to try using a text editor to work with teflpedia (or any mediawiki product) then you might try Open OfficeThis is a free package which, apart from being a free  substitute for Microsoft Office, will also allow you to edit wikis directly from the word processor, though results may be variableSee our [[open office]] article for more instructions.
  
 
==Talk pages==
 
==Talk pages==
Every article page also has an associated talk page (click on the {{tab|Talk}} link at the top of the page). Please feel free to raise any relevant issue on that talk page. You might wish to use [[Teflpedia:Emoticons|emoticons]] when communicating.
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Every article page also has an associated talk page (click on the {{boxword|<tt>Discussion</tt>|r=0|col=blue}} tab at the top of the page). Please feel free to raise any relevant issue on that talk page. You might wish to use [[Teflpedia:Emoticons|emoticons]] when communicating.
  
 
==Sandbox==
 
==Sandbox==
 
If you want to test your wiki editing skills then please use the [[Teflpedia:Sandbox | sandbox]].
 
If you want to test your wiki editing skills then please use the [[Teflpedia:Sandbox | sandbox]].
;Or to practice editing you can create your own playroom<nowiki>:</nowiki>: in the "search" box type: "<tt>'''user:'''''your user name'''''/sandbox'''</tt>" and click on "Go". You can then create a page to do as you wish by clicking on "<span style="color:red;">create this page</span>".
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;Or to practice editing you can create your own playroom<nowiki>:</nowiki>: in the "search" box type: "<tt>'''user:'''''your user name'''''/sandbox'''</tt>" and click on "Go". You can then create a page to do as you wish by clicking on "<tt><span style="color:red;">create this page</span></tt>".
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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