Basic Text Formatting
|IUT 2009 MediaWiki Workshop|
|Introductory topics||What is a wiki? | Creating an account | Editing Basics | Basic Text Formatting | New Pages and Links | Inserting Images | Collaborative Editing|
|Intermediate topics||Communicate and Interact | Collaborative Video Editing | Virtual Experiment | Inserting Media|
|Tutorial 4||Introduction | Creating a sandbox | Bold, Italics & Headings | Bullets and Numbered Lists |   | Summary & FAQs|
Now that you have made your first edit to your User page we will look at some of the basic formatting features available to you on the wiki.
Two ways to format text
WikiEducator uses a kind of simple text markup to format particular elements of the page (e.g. bold, italics, headings, etc). This "language" is known as Wikitext (or Wiki-markup) and is designed for ease of editing.
Much of this simple formatting can be added to your content by:
- using the Editing Toolbar that appears while you are in editing mode and / or
- typing the syntax by hand.
Note that the entire set of wiki formatting options are not available on the Editing Toolbar, so you will need to learn how to enter some of this syntax by hand. This will be useful information for more sophisticated formatting options (and devices) that will be dealt with in later / advanced tutorials.
Creating your own practice area
Don't skip this activity
The very first thing we need to do is to create a personal practice area for all your edits. We call this a sandbox, do please move onto the next section: Creating a sandbox (before proceeding with this tutorial).
For a more detailed tutorial visit WikiEducator Basic Text Formatting.