Help:Editing a page

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This is a WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor. The text you enter in the editor will be converted to Wikitext (the base language for creating and editing wikis) and should appear in the final, saved version looking exactly as you created it. This editor is derived from an open source product, FCKeditor, with this version specifically designed for interface with MediaWiki, the wiki tool used by LabAutopedia. As a derivative of an open source tool, the documentation available on the web is marginal. What do you expect from something called "FCKeditor" (no doubt created by teenagers downing lots of Red Bull)? So your LabAutopedia administrators have created this guide to assist you.

You must be logged into your account to edit a page.  To create an account, or log in click here, or use the Login/Create Account link in the left sidebar.   


The editing toolbar


Click the Edit tab at the top of a page to enter the editor.  If you are not a registered author, you will be asked to register.  While not required, we ask that you do so.  Pictured above is the toolbar for the LabAutopedia editor.  Place your cursor over any toolbar icon to trigger a display note about the function of that icon. Some of the toolbar functions are quite familiar to anyone who has used a text editor, such as the BOLD, ITALICS and UNDERLINE functions. You may cut, copy and paste using toolbar icons or via familar keyboard shortcouts. Some of the less obvious toolbar functions are unique to this environment and are explained below.



This icon switches editing into the native Wikitext format, the actual text coding language behind a Wiki.  If you're familiar with Wikitext, you may be comfortable editing in this mode.  If you're not familiar with Wikitext,this site will give you a brief introduction;  When done editing in the Wikitext mode, click this icon again to return to the WYSIWYG mode or click Save.  NOTE: All Wikitext is not the same.  In this case, you will get the interpretation of Wikitext as made by the FCKeditor, which may or may not be quite what you are expecting.  Remember, it's called "FCKeditor"!

Insert image


Facilitates insertion of images that have already been uploaded (See Upload files).  Click to open the Image Properties dialog box.  Type all or part of the uploaded image name and all choices matching that entry will appear in the search window.  Click on your choice and ok to insert.  You may enter a caption before inserting, or set various parameters about image size and alignment (left, right, center, etc.).  These may be left blank for default settings.  The image will always insert to the upper left of the page, regardless of where the cursor was placed.  You may click and drag the image to the desired location on the page.  You may resize it by clicking and then dragging on the corners.  Right click (Apple-click for fans of Mr. Jobs) to open a menu with choices of copy, cut, past or image properties.  The latter will open the same dialog box that you saw when inserting the image.  You can add/change parameters in this dialog. 

If you are proficient with Wikitext, you may create an image link directly to images residing in Wikimedia commons.  Enter the URL of the wikimedia commons image in the standard wikitext field for calling an image.      

Insert/edit template


Allows insertion of Wikitext function templates (predefined wikitext).  Click the manual tab and pull-down menu to access and insert pre-defined templates, which will be indicated visually in the edited text by the insertion of this icon Image:Inserted_Template_Icon.jpg. For those of you familiar with Wikitext, use the edit tab to create and insert {{ }} functions or called parameters.

Insert/edit special tag


Inserts special Wikitext function tags.  This is only of use if you understand Wikitext, in which case it's just a shortcut for entering these functions w/o going into Wikitext mode.  Note, it inserts both the opening and closing function tag.  You must enter the text you wish to appear between the tags in the Special Tag Parameters field in the dialog box.   

Insert/edit reference


Inserts footnote/reference notations. Click to open the Reference Properties dialog box.  Enter your footnote/reference notation as you would like it to be displayed in a References section (see creating a References section) at the end of the article.  Click OK and you should now see this icon Image:References_Icon.jpg where you inserted the footnote reference.  See the Reference and Footnote guide for style and format information. 

The Reference text entered in the References Property dialog box is not WYSIWYG, except for plain text.  To generate other than plain characters, you must use Wikitext commands!  Remember, this is the FCKeditor!  

  • To imbed an active link in the footnote, past in the URL text, followed by a space, followed by the footnote text, and surround it all with a left and right square bracket [ ]  like this:[ ALA Link]. This example will create a reference listing that looks and functions like this: ALA Link.
  • To imbed within the footnote a link to another page within LabAutopedia, use double brackets [[ ]] on each end vs. single brackets.
  • To cite the same reference multiple times in an article, fill in the "Reference Name" field of the Reference Properties dialog box.  The entry must be text, not numerical.  A good suggestion is to spell the number of the reference at first use (i.e. four).  The next time this reference needs to be cited in the article, enter the information in the Reference Properties dialog box exactly the same as previously, including the Reference Name.   

Creating a references section

Put your cursor at the end of your article, on the left margin.  Click on the insert/edit template function, choose the manual tab in the dialog box, and from the menu list choose Template:Reflist. and click OK.  You should see this icon inserted Image:Inserted_Template_Icon.jpg.   Save the article and you should see a references section and a summary listing of all the footnote notations you have created throughout the document.  Add more footnotes and the notations will show up here.  For an example go here

Insert/edit formula


This tool allows entry of mathematical formulas.



This pull-down menu allows you to set the fomat of highlighted text or text on the line of the cursor.  Heading 1 is reserved for the main title only.  Second tier sections use Heading 2, and so forth on down.   Heading 3 and 4 are the same, so please skip use of Heading 4.   

Insert/remove numbered list


Click the Insert/Remove Numbered List Button to start a numbered list. To finish your list hit enter twice.

Insert/remove bulleted list


Click the Insert/Remove Bulleted List Button to start a bulleted list. To finish your list hit enter twice.




Insert/edit link


Highlight the text in which you desire to inbed a link and click on the link icon.  The Link dialog box will open.  If linking to another existing LabAutopedia page, type the title (not URL) of your new page into the Link field, and the LabAutopedia will search for your page.  Matches will appear in the Automatic Search box below.  Click on your page as found by the search, and click OK.  That should insert the link into your highlighted text, which will now appear blue.  Exit the editor by clicking Save. 

  • To link to another LabAutopedia page and direct the page to open to a specific heading on that page, do as described above and append onto the name of the page #heading name.  For example, for a link to this page directed to open the page at the heading of this section, the entry in the Link field of the dialog box would look be: Help:Editing a page#Insert/edit link
  • If linking to a page outside of LabAutopedia, you must enter or paste the actual URL into the Link field of the dialog box.  Use this same process to edit any existing imbedded links, or right click on exisiting links and choose edit.  
  • If linking to a heading within the same page, type the name of the heading into the Link field, preceeded by a # character.  For instance, to link to the heading on this page called Format, you would type #Format into the Link field.   
  • To create a link to a non-existing page (a page you would like to create), highlight your text and proceed as described above to open the Link dialog box.  Type in the title of the new page you want to create.  Remember, this will become the title of the page, so take care in choosing a name.  Follow the style guide (begin with an upper case character, followed by lower case only).  Click Ok.  The text containing the link will now appear blue. When out of the editor mode, the text containing the link will appear red, indicating a link to a new, never opened page/article.  Click this link to open your new page. 

Once outside the editor, links to other LabAutopedia pages will appear purple, links to pages outside LabAutopedia will appear blue, and links to new, never opened pages will appear red, . 

Remove link


Highlight text containing an imbedded link and click this icon to remove that link.  You may also highlight a link in the text, and right-click to open a menu allowing you to remove the link. 

Upload files

Click on the Upload File item in the toolbox (left sidebar).  This will open an Upload file dialog box, allowing you to browse files on your computer.  When you've found the file you wish to upload, click the Upload button near the bottom of the dialog box.  This will bring the file onto the LabAutopedia server, where it can be accessed by other tools, such as the Insert Image tool.  Note: Allowed file types are: png, gif, jpg, jpeg.  Recommended file size is <200kb.

Please edit the image page and include information about the original image source and specifically if any restrictions on usage or duplication exist.  If the image usage conforms to the GFDL license, paste the Template:GDFL Permission Statement onto the page: (see below) ----

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.