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Quick Tips and Info

Editing / Updating Pages

Browse to the page you want to edit, then click the edit link at the top of the page. You may need to login before you can edit the page.

Before you save your changes, please use the Preview button. That way you can easily spot any mistakes with your markup or typing, etc.

If you are only making a small change be sure to use the "Minor Edit" tick box, (e.g. maybe you're just fixing a small typo.

Please make use of the "Summary" text box to explain the change, e.g. "updating instruction as the software has been updated".

People may be receiving email notifications of changes to the page you're editing. If you make lots of repeated changes, and neglect to use the Preivew button they may think you're trying to mail-bomb them ;-), also, by using the Summary, you may save them from having to look at the page you've edited.

Creating Pages

There are two easy ways to add pages to the wiki.

The first way is to create an internal link to page. Find an appropriate page to add your link to and then click the Edit button at the top. Add a link like this:

[[The Title of Your Page]]

Next save the page and click on your new link, you will be taken to a blank web page ready for you to get typing.

The text you use for the link will be the title of the page so take care and think of a word or phrase that will let you make a contextual link that can also be used in other pages.

The second way is to type your new page title in to the address bar.

The end of url of the wiki looks something like .../wiki/index.php/Some_Page

To create a new page just write the title of your page after the index.php/ part. The only things to remember are that you must replace spaces with the underscore character _ and that you must add a category tag to your page (otherwise no one will be able to find it!). See the next section for info on categories.


Add a cetegory tag to your page to make it easy to find. The wiki automatically creates a navigation menu based on categories :-)

For example, to add a page to the category "Workstations" (or create the category if this is the first page to use it), add the following at the top of the page:


You can add multiple categories too, if you want.

To link to a category, place a colon before the category keyword like this:


Headings and Table of Contents

You can use headings to help break up your document, headings are also used to automatically create a table of contents at the top of the page.

Headings are written by surrounding some text with equals signs =

The more equals signs you use the lower the level of the (sub-)heading.

For example this page has the heading "Help:Contents" (the name of the page), then the second level sub-heading "Quick Tips and Info". The second level heading contains multiple third level subheadings such as "Categories" and "Headings and Table of Contents".

 ==Quick tips and info==
     Some content here.... (if you want)

 ===Creating Pages===


    How to use categories....

 ===Headings and Table of Contents===

    How to use headings and get a table of contents....

As soon as you have three or more headings on your page the Table of Contents is automatically displayed. It's possible to override this automatic behaviour though.

To force display use:


To disable automatic dislay use:


As an added bonus, by using headings you can choose to edit just the section of the document the heading represents. This is really useful if you have to update a large document.

Creating Links

Pages external to the wiki

These links are made from two parts, the address of the page and the link text.

You must provide the full address of the page, including the http:// or https:// part.

The link text is seperated from the address by a single space

[https://online.varndean.ac.uk/staff/ Staff Intranet] 

Staff Intranet

Other Pages in the Wiki

To link to another page in the wiki, you just use the the title of the page. To link to the page titled "Group Policy" you would type:

[[Group Policy]]

Group Policy

It's best to always use contextual links, i.e. turn relevant words or phrases from a paragraph in to a link. Sometimes the title of the page you want to link to might not be easy to fit in to a sentence without making it sound silly. You can create a link to a page and use your own link text with a little help from the pipe character |

Power users have additional Group Policy settings, please 
 see these [[Power Users Group Policy|Details and Instructions]]

In the above example, we have a link to a page called "Staff Power Users Group Policy" but the text that the reader will see is "Details and Instructions":

Power users have additional Group Policy settings, please see these Details and Instructions

If you follow the link you can see that the page title is different from the link text you clicked on.

Please avoid using alternative link text when ever possible to cut down on confusion. If you really need to change the link text it might mean the page you're linking to could do with a better title.

Uploading Files

You can upload the following types of files to the wiki:

  • zip
  • sit
  • gz
  • tgz
  • bz2
  • rar
  • off
  • mp3
  • avi
  • mpg
  • mpeg
  • mp4
  • pdf
  • swf

Create a link as normal, but prefix it with "media:" and tap a file extension on to the end. For example, if you have a manual for some software, called mmdw8man.pdf, create a link like:


Then save the page. Next click on your new link, and you will be asked to upload a file, simply browse to find mmdw8man.pdf, provide a description and then upload it.

Formatting Text

Bullet Points

Use an Astrith * at the start of each line, and don't leave any blank lines between items in the list. Nest lists by using more astriths:

*Item One
*Item Two
*Item Three
**sub Item One
**Sub Item Two
*Item Four
  • Item One
  • Item Two
  • Item Three
    • sub Item One
    • Sub Item Two
  • Item Four
Numbered Lists

Use the hash character # at the start of a line to create a numbered list. Don't leave any blank lines between items in the list. Nest lists by using more than one hash

#Item One
#Item Two
#Item Three
##sub Item One
##Sub Item Two
#Item Four
  1. Item One
  2. Item Two
  3. Item Three
    1. sub Item One
    2. Sub Item Two
  4. Item Four

Creating tables can be a little tricky to get used to but is easy after a couple of goes.

please don't use tables for layout Only use them if you have tabular data you want to make presentable.

Tables are made up of several components, each must be on a new line:

  • Start with {|
  • Write your heading row by using exclaimation marks !
    • First put one ! then the first heading
    • Then seperate each additional heading with two !!
  • Seperate each row with |-
  • Add a row of records using |
    • First put one | followed by the contents of the first cell
    • Seperate additional cells by using two ||
  • Finish the table with |}

An example table:

!Date     !!Time         !!Name
|5/1/06   ||12:00        ||Bob
|12/1/06  ||15:30        ||Bobetta
|14/1/06  ||lunchtime    ||Bobetta
Date Time Name
5/1/06 12:00 Bob
12/1/06 15:30 Bobetta
14/1/06 lunchtime Bobetta

Please note that you don't need to space out all the cells, I've done it just to make the example a little easier to read.

Advanced Tables

You can add a title to the table aswell as control the spacing, padding and borders of cells.

{|border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"
!Date     !!Time         !!Name
|5/1/06   ||12:00        ||Bobetta
Date Time Name
5/1/06 12:00 Bob
12/1/06 15:30 Bobetta
14/1/06 lunchtime Bobetta


Flash animations can be embedded using the <flash></flash> tags.

First, upload your swf file (see "Uploading Files" above") and provide a description.

Next create a new page or edit an existing one, and add the <flash></flash> tags with a "file" attribute:

Applet Size

When you save the page the animation will be embedded in a small flash applet in the page. To control the size of the applet, add some extra attributes, e.g:


The attributes are seperated by the | (pipe) character, the values are the number of pixels. If you want to, you can specify a percentage by appending a % sign to the end of the value.

Important Note: Using a flash tag will not resister as a link against an .swf file. When using File list or Unused Files you will always be told that no pages are using the flash file.

Advanced Attributes

The following attributes are known to work with the <flash></flash> tags:

  • width=px or % (Modify the width of the object)
  • height=px or a% (Modify the height of the object)
  • play=true/false (Start playing the file or wait at first frame, default:true)
  • loop=true/false (Loop the animation, default:true)
  • quality=low/autolow/medium/high/autohigh/best (Predefine the quality)
  • devicefont=true/false (Change the look of the text used in flash file)
  • bgcolor=#?????? (? -> Hexadecimal integer: 1-9, A-F)
  • scale=showall/noborder/exactfit (Automatically adjust content to width and height)
  • menu=true/false (Show or hide the menu on right-click)

The following attributes are available but may not work. (good luck and please update this list if you try any of them out):

  • align
  • salign
  • base
  • wmode
  • SeamlessTabbing
  • flashvars
  • name (object-specific)
  • id (embed-specific)
  • movie (object-specific)
  • src (embed-specific)

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