The following is a "cheat sheet" of the most important pieces of wiki syntax for editing CarlWiki. For a much more exhaustive overview of wiki syntax, see Wikipedia:How to edit a page.
| What it looks like
|| What you type
|A simple link:
- Just use double-brackets around whatever you want to link to.
|A link that says one thing while linking to another thing:
- This link is set to Friday Flowers (film), not Friday Flowers.
- First comes the article name, then the pipe (|) character, then the text of the link.
- If you hold your mouse over the link, it'll show the article name.
[[Friday Flowers (film)|Friday Flowers]]
|A link to a student or non-notable alumnus:
Scott Konzem '06
- To reiterate: Don't make pages about students. Tell them to make pages about themselves.
- Notice the pipe character at the end? That removes the "User:" from the displayed text.
[[User:Scott Konzem '06|]]
|An external (non-CarlWiki) link:
Lenny Dee website
- Note that single-brackets are used for external links, not double-brackets.
- Just a space comes between the address and the text of the link.
[http://orgs.carleton.edu/lennydeeplayers/ Lenny Dee website]
|A Wikipedia link:
- Works just like a regular CarlWiki link, except the word Wikipedia and a colon precede the name of the Wikipedia article.
- Just like a link to a user page, putting the pipe character at the end removes the "Wikipedia:" from the displayed text.
- You could also use HTML, but that's considered bad form.
- The code uses double-apostrophes, not quote-marks.
Bold the article name when it first appears.
- The code uses triple-apostrophes. Clear now?
Bold the '''article name''' when it first appears.
Say this article is about The Algol.
- Yep, two apostrophes plus three apostrophes: five total.
Say this article is about '''''The Algol'''''.
|Make a bullet-point list:
- This is a list item.
- Just use an asterisk at the start of a line.
* This is a list item.
|Add an image:
- Note that the image name is caps-sensitive, as are all links (except for the first character), so be careful.
- "100px" refers to the pixel width to scale the image down to. Just click "Show Preview" and fiddle with this until it looks right.
- If you don't want a caption, use "none" instead of "thumb."
- Using either "left" or "right" is just an aesthetic choice.
[[Image:BaldSpot.jpg|thumb|left|100px|The Bald Spot]]
|Add to a category:
- Category tags should go at the bottom of the page.
- It looks like the code for a normal link, but it isn't. To just link to a category or an image, put a colon (:) in front of it.