Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Tutorial

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LESSON STRUCTURE[edit | edit source]

  • This is a set of short lessons to teach you the fundamentals of Wikitext. Wikitext is the computer language of FamilySearch Wiki as well as all other Wikis.
  • The lessons are designed to help you learn the language in small easy-to-digest bites.
  • The exercise and/or questions at the end of each lesson are designed to help you learn how to apply the principles taught in the lessons. Please do not pass them up.
  • The lessons will help you to assimilate the knowledge necessary for you to edit and/or add content to FamilySearch Wiki.
  • The left sidebar will give you some idea of the items we will cover in these Wikitext lessons.

WHAT IS WIKITEXT?[edit | edit source]

  • Wikitext is the underlying language of all Wikis, whether it be FamilySearch Wiki, Wikipedia or Wikimedia.
  • However Wikitext has very limited capabilities.
  • Basically, all it can do is put black letters on a white background. It is very limited in what it can do to make a page interesting to look at. For that we need Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

CSS - CASCADING STYLE SHEETS[edit | edit source]

  • These are series of codes which can add a little character to a page such as borders and background colors. CSS basically controls how a page will look to our patrons.

HTML - LANGUAGE OF THE INTERNET[edit | edit source]

  • All internet sites including FamilySearch Wiki are based on the programming language called HTML, which stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. There is a separate course for HTML programming.
  • Wikitext is actually a simplified version of HTML.
  • HTML will give you more capabilities than Wikitext.

SANDBOX PAGE[edit | edit source]

  • If you have not done so already, please create one or more sandbox pages where you can practice your Wikitext lessons.
  • You can review the instructions for creating sandboxes by going to the chapter on Sandbox Creation.

TRY THESE OUT . . . .[edit | edit source]

Quick Quiz
  • What is CSS?
A. Code to give character to wiki pages
B. Change color of text
C. Add background color to text
D. All of the above
  • What is Wikitext?
A. Simplified form of HTML
B. Language for all of the Internet
C. Language only for Wikipedia
D. None of the above
  • What is HTML?
A. Stands for Hyper Text Markdown Language
B. Language for all of the Internet
C. Created from wikitext
D. All of the above