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See the video tutorial regarding this help section: Basic Editing

This is a basic guide to getting started with editing Zelda Wiki. We're glad you decided to help out, so here's everything you need to begin editing right away!

Editing Pages

So you've found a page that you want to edit. To do this, go to the top of the page and click the little button that says "edit". This pulls up the editing screen, where you can make changes to pages. From here, edit the article how you see fit (as long as it is within the realm of Zelda Wiki's Quality Standards). But don't save just yet! You'll want to make sure that the edit is okay, and that there are no broken images or that nothing else is messed up.

From here, click "Show preview". This will allow you to see the edits before you save them. Check to make sure that everything is in order (and sometimes spelling errors are easier to notice here). It is also preferred for the "Edit summary" to be used — simply type a short summary of the edit you've made (i.e. "Fixed 'als' to 'also'", etc.), then click "Save page". This will save your edits for everyone to see!

In a nutshell, the basic steps for editing are:

  1. Click "edit" and make the changes in the edit box.
  2. Change the edit summary to detail the edit you've made.
  3. Click "show preview" and make sure that everything is working as it should.
  4. Click "save page".

Creating a Page

To create a page, follow these steps:

  1. First, think: does my page stay within the realm of the Wiki? That is to say, is it important enough or part of what the Wiki covers? An article about "Link" is acceptable as it is related to Zelda; an article about "Xbox 360" is not, because it is not related to Zelda or Nintendo in any way.
  2. If you deem it acceptable, CHECK THE WIKI TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PAGE DOESN'T ALREADY EXIST. This includes alternate spellings, alternate capitalization (i.e. Kakariko Village is an existing article whereas Kakariko village counts as a different article, and may be a source of possible confusion in creating an article), and alternate possible names. Use the search feature as much as possible!
  3. If you're sure that your article doesn't exist, search for it on the Wiki. When no results appear, you will see text stating that you can create the page in question. Click it, and create the page, making sure to stay within the Wiki's Quality Standards. If all is well and good, save the page.
  • Note: Clicking on a red link will also take you to a "create this page" screen.

In a nutshell, the basic steps for page creation are:

  1. Figure out if your topic deserves its own page
  2. Find out whether or not it already exists
  3. Create the page using the search function's "create this page" link

Basic Wiki Coding

Wikis have their own special coding system. This is a short list of some of the most-used Wiki markup:

Text Formatting

What you see What you type
Italic Text
''Italic Text''
<i>Italic Text</i>
Bold Text
'''Bold Text'''
<b>Bold Text</b>
Bold and Italic Text
'''''Bold and Italic Text'''''
<b><i>Bold and Italic Text</i></b>
Underline
<u>Underline</u>
Strike out
<s>Strike out</s>
Big text or small text
<big>Big text</big> or <small>small text</small>
Superscript or subscript
<sup>Superscript</sup> or <sub>subscript</sub>
Centered text
<center>Centered text</center>

A line break won't be registered with only one new line. This line appears to be in the same paragraph as the previous line.

Two new lines, however, begins a new paragraph.

A line break won't be registered with only one new line.
This line appears to be in the same paragraph as the previous line.

Two new lines, however, begins a new paragraph.

You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.

You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
[[Wiki]] coding '''is not''' rendered.
<nowiki>[[Wiki]] coding '''is not''' rendered.</nowiki>
Hidden page comments:
not shown when viewing page
<!-- This is a hidden comment -->

A typewriter font for monospace text
or for computer code: int main()

  • For aesthetic reasons, using <code> where applicable is preferable to using <tt>.
A typewriter font for <tt>monospace text</tt>
or for computer code: <code>int main()</code>

Signing Posts

See also: Custom Signatures

After you add a comment on a Talk page, you should sign it by adding 4 tildes (~~~~). This adds your user name and the date/time to the end of the comment.

Other, less recommended alternatives are:

  • 3 tildes to only add your user name
  • 5 tildes to only add the date/time
What you see What you type
Ando 22:02, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
~~~~
Ando
~~~
22:02, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
~~~~~

Link Formatting

What you see What you type
Princess Zelda
[[Princess Zelda]]
Zelda
[[Princess Zelda|Zelda]]
Ganondorf
[[Ganon]]dorf
This is a link to a page that doesn't exist. If you want to create that page, you could do so by clicking the link.
[[This is a link to a page that doesn't exist]].
If you want to create that page, you could do so by clicking the link.
Linking to a different namespace that is not Category:
Talk:Main Page
[[Talk:Main Page]]
Linking to the category namespace:
Category:Zelda
[[:Category:Zelda]]
Linking to a subpage:
Talk:Main Page/Archive07
[[Talk:Main Page/Archive07]]
External links:
*[http://www.zeldawiki.org] (very bad)
*http://www.zeldawiki.org (bad)
*[http://www.zeldawiki.org Zelda Wiki] (good)
To have a page automatically send a user to a different page, use this code.
(See Help:Redirects for more information)
#REDIRECT [[page name]]

Link#Phantom_Hourglass is a link to a section within another page.

#Links and URLs is a link to a section on the current page.

#example is a link to an anchor that was created using

an id attribute
  • The part after the number sign (#) must match a section heading on the page. Matches must be exact in terms of spelling, case and punctuation. Links to non-existent sections aren't broken; they are treated as links to the top of the page.
  • Identifiers may be created by attaching an id="..."> attribute to almost any HTML element.
[[Link#Phantom_Hourglass]] is a link
to a section within another page.

[[#Links and URLs]] is a link
to a section on the current page.

[[#example]] is a link to an
anchor that was created using
<div id="example">an id attribute</div>

Automatically hide stuff in parentheses: The Legend of Zelda.

Automatically hide namespace: Zelda.

  • The server fills in the part after the pipe character (|) when you save the page. The next time you open the edit box you will see the expanded piped link. When previewing your edits, you will not see the expanded form until you press Save and Edit again. The same applies to links to sections within the same page (see previous entry).
Automatically hide stuff in parentheses:
[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|]].

Automatically hide namespace: 
[[:Category:Zelda|]].
  • To put an article in a Category, place a link like the one to the right anywhere in the article. As with interlanguage links, it does not matter where you put these links while editing as they will always show up in the same place when you save the page, but placement at the end of the edit box is recommended.
[[Category:Character sets]]
Linking to Wikipedia:
  1. Wikipedia:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  2. Using link template (preferred): The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  3. See also: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Wikipedia box.jpg
# [[Wikipedia:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]
# Using a link template: {{wp|The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time}}
# {{Wikipedia|The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time}}

Linking to other wikis:

  1. Interwiki link: MetroidWiki:Samus Aran
  2. Named interwiki link: Samus Aran
  3. Interwiki link without prefix: Samus Aran
  4. Interwiki link using link template (preferred): Samus Aran

Linking to a wiki in another language:

  1. Wiktionary:fr:bonjour
  2. bonjour
  3. fr:bonjour
Linking to other wikis:
# Interwiki link: [[MetroidWiki:Samus Aran]]
# Named interwiki link: [[MetroidWiki:Samus|Samus Aran]]
# Interwiki link without prefix: [[MetroidWiki:Samus|Samus Aran]]
# Interwiki link using link template: {{mew|Samus Aran}}

Linking to a wiki in another language:
# [[Wiktionary:fr:bonjour]]
# [[Wiktionary:fr:bonjour|bonjour]]
# [[Wiktionary:fr:bonjour|]]

Sections and Lists

What you see What you type
Level 2 (New Section)
Level 3 (Subsection)
Level 4 (Sub-subsection)
Level 5
Level 6
== Level 2 (New Section) ==
=== Level 3 (Subsection) ===
==== Level 4 (Sub-subsection) ====
===== Level 5 =====
====== Level 6 ======
<h2> Level 2 (New Section) </h2>
<h3> Level 3 (Subsection) </h3>
<h4> Level 4 (Sub-subsection) </h4>
<h5> Level 5 </h5>
<h6> Level 6 </h6>

A horizontal


dividing line.

A horizontal
----
dividing line.
A horizontal
<hr>
dividing line.
Text
Indented text
Further indented text
Text
:Indented text
::Further indented text
  • A list
  • You can go in the same level
    • Or create a sub-level
      • As many as needed
  • Then start a new list with an empty line
*A list
*You can go in the same level
**Or create a sub-level
***As many as needed

*Then start a new list with an empty line
  1. You can also make numbered lists
  2. The numbers are automatically added
    1. It's easy to create them
#You can also make numbered lists
#The numbers are automatically added
##It's easy to create them

Other Syntax

See Also