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This page is a style and formatting guideline on GuildWars Wikia.

It has general acceptance among editors and is considered a standard to which articles should adhere. However, it is not set in stone and should be treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

Shortcut:
GW:EDIT
Help:Editing

To edit a page, click on the edit or edit this page links at the top of the page. To edit an individual section, click on any of the floating [edit] links next to a section heading. (The section edit links have been disabled on this article.)

Once you've made a change, please click on preview to scan for any misspellings, punctuation errors, or other problems before saving the page.

Wiki markup

The wiki markup is exceedingly simple once you get a firm grasp on it. Below you'll see a list of common effects, and how to do them. If you'd like to test them out, feel free to do so in the Sandbox.

Basic text formatting

What it looks like What you type

You can italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.

3 apostrophes will bold the text.

5 apostrophes will bold and italicize the text.

(Using 4 apostrophes doesn't do anything special --
there are just ' left over ones' that are included as part of the text.)

You can ''italicize text'' by putting 2 
apostrophes on each side. 

3 apostrophes will bold '''the text'''. 

5 apostrophes will bold and italicize 
'''''the text'''''.

(Using 4 apostrophes doesn't do anything
special -- <br> there are just '''' left
over ones'''' that are included as part of the text.)

A single new line generally has no effect on the layout. These can be used to separate sentences within a paragraph. Some editors find that this aids editing and improves the diff function (used internally to compare different versions of a page).

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

When used in a list, a newline does affect the layout (see below).

A single new line
generally has no effect on the layout.
These can be used to separate
sentences within a paragraph.
Some editors find that this aids editing
and improves the ''diff'' function
(used internally to compare
different versions of a page).

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.

When used in a list, a newline ''does'' 
affect the layout ([[#lists|see below]]).

You can break lines
without a new paragraph.
Please use this sparingly.

Please do not start a link or italics or bold on one line and close it on the next.

You can break lines<br>
without a new paragraph.<br>
Please use this sparingly.

Please do not start a link or 
''italics'' or '''bold''' on one line 
and close it on the next.

You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:
- Three tildes gives your user name: Fyren
- Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: Fyren 10:06, 30 September 2006 (CDT)
- Five tildes gives the date/time alone: 10:06, 30 September 2006 (CDT)

You should "sign" your comments 
on talk pages: <br>
- Three tildes gives your user
name: ~~~ <br>
- Four tildes give your user 
name plus date/time: ~~~~ <br>
- Five tildes gives the 
date/time alone: ~~~~~ <br>

HTML tags

You can use some HTML tags too. However, you should avoid HTML in favor of Wiki markup whenever possible. The following HTML tags are allowed by MediaWiki 1.7.1 (but not all may be supported by your browser):

  • b, i, u, font, big, small, sub, sup, em, s, strike, strong, del, ins
  • br, hr
  • h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6
  • cite, div, center, caption, span, p, tt, pre, code, var, blockquote
  • ol, ul, li, dl, dt, dd
  • table, tr, td, th
  • ruby, rt, rb, rp
  • !--, --
What it looks like What you type

Put text in a typewriter font. The same font is generally used for computer code.

Put text in a <tt>typewriter
font</tt>. The same font is 
generally used for <code>
computer code</code>.

Strike out or underline text, or write it in small caps.

<strike>Strike out</strike>
or <u>underline</u> text,
or write it <span style=
"font-variant:small-caps">
in small caps</span>.

Superscripts and subscripts: X2, H2O

Superscripts and subscripts:
X<sup>2</sup>, H<sub>2</sub>O
Centered text
  • Please note the American spelling of "center".
<center>Centered text</center>

The blockquote command will indent both margins when needed instead of the left margin only as the colon does.

<blockquote>
The '''blockquote''' command will indent 
both margins when needed instead of the 
left margin only as the colon does.  
</blockquote>

Invisible comments to editors (<!-- -->) only appear while editing the page.

  • If you wish to make comments to the public, you should usually use the article's talk page.
Invisible comments to editors (&lt;!-- --&gt;)
only appear while editing the page.
<!-- Note to editors: blah blah blah. -->

Organizing your writing

What it looks like What you type
Section headings

Headings organize your writing into sections. The wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.

Subsection

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.

== Section headings ==

''Headings'' organize your writing into 
sections. The Wiki software can automatically 
generate a table of contents from them.

=== Subsection ===

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.
  • Unordered lists are easy to do:
    • Start every line with a star.
      • More stars indicate a deeper level.
    Previous item continues.
    • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course you can start again.
* ''Unordered lists'' are easy to do:
** Start every line with a star.
*** More stars indicate a deeper level.
*: Previous item continues.
** A newline
* in a list  
marks the end of the list.
* Of course you can start again.
  1. Numbered lists are:
    1. Very organized
    2. Easy to follow

A newline marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts with 1.
# ''Numbered lists'' are:
## Very organized
## Easy to follow
A newline marks the end of the list.
# New numbering starts with 1.

Here's a definition list:

Word 
Definition of the word
A longer phrase needing definition
Phrase defined
A word 
Which has a definition
Also a second one
And even a third

Begin with a semicolon. One item per line; a newline can appear before the colon, but using a space before the colon improves parsing.

Here's a ''definition list'':
; Word : Definition of the word
; A longer phrase needing definition
: Phrase defined
; A word : Which has a definition
: Also a second one
: And even a third

Begin with a semicolon. One item per line; 
a newline can appear before the colon, but 
using a space before the colon improves 
parsing.
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
    2. inside each other
      • or break lines
        in lists.
      definition lists
      can be
      nested 
      too
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*# inside each other
*#* or break lines<br>in lists.
*#; definition lists
*#: can be 
*#:; nested : too
A colon (:) indents a line or paragraph.

A newline starts a new paragraph.
Often used for discussion on talk pages to
show the flow of a conversation.

We use 1 colon to indent once.
We use 2 colons to indent twice.
3 colons to indent 3 times, and so on.
: A colon (:) indents a line or paragraph.
A newline starts a new paragraph. <br>
Often used for discussion on talk pages to<br>
show the flow of a conversation.

: We use 1 colon to indent once.
:: We use 2 colons to indent twice.
::: 3 colons to indent 3 times, and so on.

You can make horizontal dividing lines (----) to separate text.


But you should usually use sections instead, so that they go in the table of contents.

You can make horizontal dividing lines (----)
to separate text.
----
But you should usually use sections instead,
so that they go in the table of contents.

Links

You will often want to make clickable links to other pages.

What it looks like What you type

Here's a link to a page named sword. You can even say swords and the link will show up correctly.

Here's a link to a page named [[sword]].
You can even say [[sword]]s
and the link will show up correctly.

You can put formatting around a link. Example: GuildWiki.

You can put formatting around a link.
Example: ''[[GuildWiki]]''.

The first letter of articles is automatically capitalized, so sword goes to the same place as Sword. Capitalization matters after the first letter.

The ''first letter'' of articles is automatically
capitalized, so [[sword]] goes to the same place
as [[Sword]]. Capitalization matters after the
first letter.

Evil cow is a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.

[[Evil cow]] is a page that doesn't exist
yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.

You can link to a page section by its title:

If multiple sections have the same title, add a number. #Example section 3 goes to the third section named "Example section".

You can link to a page section by its title:

*[[Fireball#Notes]].

If multiple sections have the same title, add
a number. [[#Example section 3]] goes to the
third section named "Example section".

You can make a link point to a different place with a piped link. Put the link target first, then the pipe character "|", then the link text.

Or you can use the "pipe trick" so that text in parentheses does not appear.

You can make a link point to a different place
with a piped link. Put the link
target first, then the pipe character "|", then
the link text.

*[[Sword|Our sword article]]
*[[Fireball#Notes|Fireball's notes]]

Or you can use the "pipe trick" so that text in
parentheses does not appear. 

*[[Quests (Prophecies)|]]

You can make an external link just by typing a URL: http://www.guildwars.com

You can give it a title: Guild Wars

Or leave the title blank: [1]

You can make an external link just by typing a URL:
http://www.guildwars.com

You can give it a title:
[http://www.guildwars.com Guild Wars]

Or leave the title blank:
[http://www.guildwars.com]

Linking to an e-mail address works the same way: mailto:someone@domain.com or someone

Linking to an e-mail address works the same way:
mailto:someone@domain.com or 
[mailto:someone@domain.com someone]

You can redirect the user to another page.

#REDIRECT [[Sword]]

Category links do not show up in line but instead at page bottom and cause the page to be listed in the category.

Add an extra colon to link to a category in line without causing the page to be listed in the category: Category:Helping out

Category links do not show up in line
but instead at page bottom ''and cause the page to be
listed in the category.''
[[Category:Helping out]]

Add an extra colon to ''link'' to a category in line
without causing the page to be listed in the category:
[[:Category:Helping out]]

You can insert links to other specific wikis with an Interwiki link. These will appear similar to regular wiki-links, but will direct the browser to another wiki and display it's page on the provided topic.

A link to Wikipedia's Indiana Jones article.

View Wikia's Guild Wars page.

Provide a link to PvX's Minion Master build.

Links to Wikipedia, the WWW encyclopedia:
[[Wikipedia:Indiana Jones|Indiana Jones]]

Links to Wikia content:
[[W:Guild Wars|Guild Wars]]

Links to PvXwiki!:
[[w:c:PvX:Build:N/any Minion Master|Minion Master]]

Just show what I typed

A few different kinds of formatting will tell the wiki to display things as you typed them.

What it looks like What you type

The nowiki tag ignores [[wiki]] ''markup''. It reformats text by removing newlines and multiple spaces. It still interprets special characters: →

<nowiki>
The nowiki tag ignores 
[[wiki]] ''markup''.
It reformats text by 
removing
newlines    and multiple
 spaces.
It still interprets special
characters: &rarr;
</nowiki>
The pre tag ignores [[wiki]]
 ''markup''.
It also doesn't     reformat
 text.
It still interprets special
characters: →
<pre>
The pre tag ignores [[wiki]]
 ''markup''.
It also doesn't     reformat
 text.
It still interprets special
characters: &rarr;
</pre>

Leading spaces are another way to preserve formatting.

Putting a space at the
beginning of each
line stops the text   
from being
reformatted.  It still 
interprets wiki
markup and special
characters: →
Leading spaces are another way
to preserve formatting.

 Putting a space at the
 beginning of each
 line stops the text   
 from being
 reformatted.  It still 
 interprets [[wiki]]
 ''markup'' and special
 characters: &rarr;

Images and tables

After uploading, just enter the filename, highlight it and press the "embedded image"-button of the edit toolbar.

This syntax will embed an image: [[Image:filename.png]]

See Wikipedia's table help page for more information about table syntax.

What it looks like What you type

A picture, including alternate text:

Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135

You can put the image in a frame with a caption:

Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135

This wiki's logo

A picture, including alternate text:

[[Image:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png|This wiki's logo]]

The image in a frame with a caption:
[[Image:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png|frame|This wiki's logo]]

A link to GuildWiki's page for the image: Image:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png

Or a link directly to the image itself: Media:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png

A link to GuildWiki's page for the image:
[[:Image:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png]]

Or a link directly to the image itself:
[[Media:Baxter-guildwiki-logo-135x135.png]]
This is
a table
{| border="1" cellspacing="0" 
cellpadding="5" align="center"
! This
! is
|- 
| a
| table
|-
|}

Templates

Templates are segments of wiki markup that are meant to be copied automatically ("transcluded"/"included") into a page. You add them by putting the template's name in {{double braces}}.

Some templates take parameters, as well, which you separate with the pipe character.

See Wikipedia's template help page for more information.

What it looks like What you type

This text is inside the template.

See Template:Template demo.

{{template demo}}

See [[Template:Template demo]].

This template takes two parameters.

The first parameter is sword and the second is axe.

See Template:Template demo2.

This template takes two parameters.

{{template demo2|sword|axe}}

See [[Template:Template demo2]].

Saving Changes

Once you've edited in your changes to a page, make sure to use the "show preview" button to view your changes. Try to read through your changes; it helps you notice any typos or accidental mistakes. Preferably, double check any wiki links you've added; make sure the pages they point to exist (if you intend that) and contain what you think they do.

Once you have verified your changes, fill in the "summary" text field. It is used to briefly explain the changes you have made. If there is already a bit of text inside it enclosed within /* and */, it means you're editing a section on the page. Simply add your explanation after that text. That way, other editors can see what section you edited and why.

Before saving, there are two checkboxes that you can use. The first is to mark an edit as a minor edit. A minor edit is loosely defined as a change that does not really add new content to a page, such as fixing typos, rewriting sentences, or small formatting changes. Changes like non-trivial notes that identify behavior or adding tips are not minor edits. As a rule of thumb, if a user who re-reads the page doesn't really gain any new useful information, then it's usually a minor edit.

The second checkbox is for registered users who want to "watch" the page. If you check it and save, the page will be added to your Watchlist; if some other editor later changes the page, it will appear on your watchlist, and be bold on RecentChanges, too.

Finally, click on "save page" to commit and save the changes.

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