Basic Formatting

Wikinvest uses the MediaWiki software--the same system that powers Wikipedia and a number of other wiki sites. Basic Wiki markup can be found to the left of the main text box when in Edit mode under the "Tips" tab.

Basic Formatting

Bold, Italics, New Lines, Comments

What it looks like What you type

Italicize text: put 2 apostrophes on each side.

Bold text: 3 apostrophes.

Bold and italicized: 5 apostrophes.


(4 apostrophes 'doesn't do much'.)

''Italicize text: put 2 apostrophes on each side.'' 

'''Bold text: 3 apostrophes.''' 

'''''Bold and italicized: 5 apostrophes.'''''


(4 apostrophes ''''doesn't do much''''.)

Hitting enter/return key once has no effect on the layout.

Hitting enter/return twice gives an empty line, and starts a new paragraph.

Note: When used in a [[#Sections, Headings, and Lists|list]], enter/return once does affect the layout.

Hitting enter/return key once 
has no effect 
on the layout.

Hitting enter/return twice gives an empty
line, and starts a new paragraph. 

''Note: When used in a [[#Sections, Headings 
and Lists|list]], enter/return once does affect 
the layout.''

You can break
lines without a new paragraph with the "br" tag. Please use this sparingly, if ever.

You can break <br> 
lines without a new paragraph with the "br" tag. 
Please use this sparingly, if ever.

If you need to leave comments for other editors that won't show up in an article, you can use "<" followed by an exclamation point and two hyphens "!--". Close the comment with two hyphens "--" and ">".

If you need to leave comments for other editors 
that won't show up in an article, you can use 
"<" followed by an exclamation point and two 
hyphens "!--".  
<!--I was having difficulty demonstrating the tags 
without creating them, can someone perhaps 
improve on this if they know how to fix the tags?-->
Close the comment with two hyphens "--" and ">".
 

Links

What it looks like What you type

INTERNAL LINKS

Internal link (a link within Wikinvest): Natural gas.

Links Tricks

INTERNAL LINKS

Internal link (a link within Wikinvest): [[Natural gas]]. 

Links Tricks<br>
*Typing after the link: [[Natural gas]]es
*Formatting links: '''''[[Natural gas]]'''''. 
*Capitalization matters, but only after the first letter:
[[natural gas]] goes to the same place as [[Natural gas]]. 
*Make a link display text that's different from the link 
itself: [[Natural gas|Display text]]. 


You can link to a page section (indicated by a second-level heading) by its title:

Help:Basic Formatting#Signatures

You can link to a page section (indicated by a 
[[#Sections, Headings and Lists|second-level heading]]) 
by its title:

[[Help:Basic Formatting#Signatures]]


EXTERNAL LINKS

Make an external (non-Wikinvest) link:
http://www.nupedia.com

Title your external link: Nupedia

Make a blank external link: [1]

EXTERNAL LINKS

Make an external (non-Wikinvest) link:
http://www.nupedia.com

Title your external link:
[http://www.nupedia.com Nupedia]

Make a blank external link: [http://www.nupedia.com]

RED LINKS

Non-page is red--a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.

RED LINKS

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


EMAIL LINKS

Linking to an e-mail address:
mailto:someone@domain.com or someone

EMAIL LINKS

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

Sections, Headings, and Lists

What it looks like What you type
Section headings

Tables of Contents are automatically generated by Wiki software when you use headings.

Subsection

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

A smaller subsection

Don't skip heading levels (e.g. from two to four equals signs.)

Start with 2 equals signs, not 1! Otherwise, you'll get H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.

== Section headings ==

Tables of Contents are automatically generated by Wiki software when you use headings.

=== Subsection ===

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

==== A smaller subsection ====

Don't skip heading levels (e.g. from two to four equals 
signs.)

Start with 2 equals signs, not 1! Otherwise, you'll 
get 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 new line
* 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 new line marks the end of the list.

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

Signatures

What it looks like What you type

You should "sign" your comments on Discussion pages (but never on articles):

  • Three tildes gives your signature: Jjiang
  • Four tildes give your signature plus date/time: Jjiang 23:00, June 22, 2007 (PDT)
  • Five tildes gives the date/time alone: 23:00, June 22, 2007 (PDT)
You should "sign" your comments on Discussion pages 
(but never on articles): 
*Three tildes gives your signature: ~~~ 
*Four tildes give your signature plus date/time: ~~~~ 
*Five tildes gives the date/time alone: ~~~~~ 

Advanced Formatting

You can also find more formatting tips on our Advanced Formatting. We haven't noticed too many users that have a need for many of these formats, but if you do, feel free to incorporate them into your articles.


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