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Creating new pages

  • ordinary pages are created by typing the name in the search box (at the left margin) and pressing 'Go'
    • (pressing 'search' only searches existing pages for that text)
  • Naming conventions: it is usually best to only capitalize the first word (it will be automaticlly converted to uppercase anyway) - unless there is a special reason, such as nomenclature that requires capital letters
    • Page names are case sensitive, thus: X-Admin is not the same page as X-admin
    • Special pages are created by prepending the page name with a namespace, e.g. Category: or Talk:
    • Page names in another namespace can be duplicates of pages in the default namespace, but they are different pages.
  • It is also possible to create a pages by typing the new name in the browser address box (after /wiki/)
  • It is possible to create a wanted page by creating a link to a nonexistent page, e.g.: [[Some new page]].
    • Wanted page links are colored red.
    • New links to existing pages are blue
    • Links to previously visited pages are purple
    • Beware: if a page link tries to create a page that should already exist, it means there is a spelling or case issue in the name. Clicking the link will probably create an 'unwanted page' - i.e. an empty duplicate.

Sections and Table of Contents (TOC)


  • Pages are organized (grouped) hierarchically by including a category tag in the page's text, e.g.: [[category:Widgets]] - usually it's best at the top, so it's easy to find.
  • Existing categories are listed by clicking Special pages, then Categories
  • Unused Categories is useful for finding why pages don't appear in the expected category.
  • If you can't find a page you recently saved, the easiest thing to do is click Recent changes in the left margin. You'll find it there if it was saved.

Note: Category pages, unlike other pages, cannot be moved. The way to change a category name is to replace all references to the category. Special pages has a link to search/replace text globally. But be careful with it. Content in the old category page (text or metadata) can then be copied from the page's edit box into the new category page's edit box. The last step is necessary to provide continuity to the category hierarchy. Finally, it is possible to delete the old category page, or enter a redirect directive to make it point to the new category, depending on which behavior is desired.

Page Editing

How to change pages (basics)




External Link format: When alias is used for external links (having only single brackets), the pipe symbol is not used as a delimiter, as in internal (wiki) links, rather only a space is needed.

Photos and graphics

  • Files with ...|Left|... and ...|Right|... alignment options do not guarantee text and section headers will not wrap to the side of the graphic. Only ...|Center|... alignment does.

Saving changes: Tips

the following tips keep the database small and make the change history easier to read:

  • Always 'preview' before saving changes. this accomplishes the following:
    • typos in categories and properties will be instantly noticeable
    • fixing typos in preview shortens the change history of the page
  • Small fixes (typos, punctuation, format) tick the 'this is a minor change' box
  • substantive changes: annotate the nature of the change in the 'summary' box
  • When possible, edit the particular section (Edit) appears to the right margin of the section - rather than the entire page [Edit] tab at the top of the page. This automatically sets the summary to reveal which section was changed in a large page.

Useful special pages

  • every page has a 'What links here' special link on the left margin.

Semantic features (SMW) help

SMW User group mailing list:

General Help

Properties and Data Types

Special Types

Many valued types (Record)

Semantic Search

Semantic Forms

Data modeling in SMW


Why a Wiki?