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MediaWiki Basics

Semantic Markup

  • Every page should exist within at least one category and subcategory, and should define the parameters in the relevant template for each at the top of the page -- these templates are still being made however :p


  • New/Changed Content on an Existing Page - use the [edit] link in the right gutter (or bottom of page)
  • New Page - Semantic Form (recommended when possible) - Most pages should be created with a Form to add structured semantic links to other pages. If there is no form, see the next section re: how to make the elements necessary for one.
  • New Page - Manually - Otherwise, to create a new page when a semantic form isn't relevant, edit the page you would like to link to it, create a link to the page by using double brackets around the [[Page Name]], save the page, and click the link. You'll be prompted to create the page!

New Semantic Elements

Create new semantic elements using Page Forms

Two ways:

Make Everything At Once

  • Create Class - An entire data class, including properties, templates, forms, and categories. All in one, but less control at the time of creation

Make Each Part Separately

In order... as needed....

  • Create Property - Basic connections between information, eg. define a HasHomepage property that renders as an external URL not as text!
  • Create Template - Sets of data for a given category/page type, as well as how to display it.
  • Create Form - Form to let users give the values of properties for a given template/category type. Can combine multiple Templates as well as defines the basic logic for the page.
  • Create Category - Each form and page should have a category so that the page knows which form to use when editing in the future