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=== General Editing Basics  ===
 
  
 
'''All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.'''  
 
'''All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.'''  
  
Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit video demonstration] of how to do basic editing.
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== Editing in the Wiki ==
  
There&nbsp;are a few things you should know about editing:
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*The number one rule of wiki editing, is to ''be bold''. Dive in and make changes. So have confidence, and give it a try! You can correct mistakes later. There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!
  
*You must be signed-in to edit. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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*In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.  
*To edit a page in the Wiki, you must click on the '''Edit This Page''' button on the top right of the page. You may also edit only one section of a page by clicking on the '''Edit''' button to the top right of the section heading.
 
*You may [[Share your knowledge by adding to the Wiki|add to or edit a page]] in the Wiki. You may also [[Help:Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and past into a Wiki page]].
 
*You must click the '''Save page''' button at the bottom of the editing page to save your work.<br>
 
*You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. Please read the Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|policies]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|guiding principles]] to learn how to deal with such situations or receive help in the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 FamilySearch Wiki Forums].
 
  
=== Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting  ===
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*It is recommended that you first practice by making[[Help:simple edits you can make | small simple edits]]. Then move on to larger edits or adding new content. Later you might decide to [[Create a page not linked from an existing page| create your own article]].
  
The number one rule of wiki editing, is to ''be bold''. Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!
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*You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. If you do, please read the Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|policies]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|guiding principles]] to learn how to deal with such situations.
  
In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.  
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At some point you will also want to review the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles| Wiki guiding principles]] and the
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies| Wiki publishing policies]].
  
When you need to use some type of formatting e.g. new headings or bold text, you do this using wiki syntax. See [[Help:Formatting]] for some of the common types of formatting used.  
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== Editing Overall ==
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[[File:Editing1.jpg|400px|right]]
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There are two methods in editing in the Wiki: <br>
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#[[Help:Wiki University VisualEditor -- Tutorial|Visual Editor]] - [Edit]  does not require any programming language knowledge. <br>
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#[[Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Tutorial|Wikitext]] Editor - [Edit source] requires a knowledge of [[Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Tutorial|Wikitext]] programming language. <br> <br>
  
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==Accessing Visual Editor==
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*To access VIsual Editor, you can either click on [edit] in the tool bar at the top of this page which allows you access to the entire page to edit.
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*Or you can click on [edit] along side each of the headers to only edit the material in that section.
  
=== Before you edit an article  ===
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When you click on [edit] the whole page or section will appear without the [edit] or [edit source] links appearing.  The text on the page can now be edited as you would in any word processing program.
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===Editing templates===
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*Some of the material on a page might be templates.
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*Templates cannot be edited with Visual Editor on the page they appear. 
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*You can only edit templates with [[Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Templates|Wikitext]] or HTML.
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===Editing tables===
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*Tables can be edited in Visual Editor, but are just a bit more involved.
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*For our example, we will assume that you clicked on [edit] next to the headers to gain access to the Visual Editor.
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*When you click on a table, two light blue edit boxes with an arrow pointing to the area you want to edit on top and on the right side appear</p>
  
Before you edit your first article, you should:
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[[File:Help editing1.PNG]]
 
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#[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|Register with the Wiki]]  
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*By ''double'' clicking on the text, itself, a blinking cursor will appear. You can now edit.<br>
#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Review Wiki guiding principles]]
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*By clicking on the arrow in the lightblue edit box you can insert rows and columns or delete them as well.<br>
#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Understand Wiki publishing policies]]
 
 
 
=== Steps in Editing an Article ===
 
 
 
1. Sign in to the FamilySearch website. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
 
 
 
2. Search for the article you want to edit. In the search box, type the name or title of the article you want to edit. Press the '''Search''' button. Otherwise, [[Create a page not linked from an existing page|learn how to create a new article]].
 
 
 
3. After clicking the '''Search''' button, you will see the search results page. Find the article you want to edit and click on the title to open the article.
 
 
 
4. Click '''Edit''' in the navigation bar page options,&nbsp;'''Edit This Page''' at the top of the page, or the'''Edit Icon''' out to the side of the heading. &nbsp;After clicking,&nbsp;the editing box will open.  
 
 
 
[[Image:Edit 1.png]]
 
 
 
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5. In the editing box, begin typing new text or editing existing text in the article. You may use the toolbar at the top of the editing window to format text, [[Create an internal link|insert links to other pages]], [[Create an external link|insert links to other websites]], and [[Help:Tables|add tables]]. For more details about how you can edit, [[Help:FCK Editor|learn more about the editing toolbar.]] You may also [[Help:Submitting images for approval|insert images or files into an article]].
 
 
 
6. While editing, use the '''Show Preview''' button frequently. This allows you to review the edits and changes you've made and prevents your wiki <u>''session''</u> from timing out after twenty minutes of no activity. If your session times out, you will lose all the work you've done.
 
 
 
[[Image:Preview.png]]
 
 
 
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We recommend you '''Save''' your work periodically, especially before you start reading reference material, after you enter a paragraph, or in stages while working on a time intensive task such as creating a table or list.  
 
 
 
7. After making any changes, be sure to <u>''summarize''</u> your changes in the '''Summary''' field below the editor window, and then <u>''save''</u> your work.
 
 
 
[[Image:Summary.png]]
 
 
 
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To save, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button. ''WARNING: If you navigate away from your article without saving, your work will be lost. This includes clicking on links in the preview mode, and clicking the '''back''' button on your browser after saving. Remember, after saving the page, you may click the '''Edit''' link again to add or edit more material.''
 
 
 
=== Edit Summary  ===
 
 
 
Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the '''{{int:summary}}''' box describing your changes. Don't worry too much about this, or spend too much time thinking about it, but try to give a little description of what you just changed e.g. "''fixed typo''" or "''added more information about sunflowers''".
 
 
 
The summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows people to [[Help:Tracking changes|track changes]] in the wiki more effectively.
 
 
 
[[Image:Summary.png]]
 
  
=== Preview  ===
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It's a good idea to use the “'''{{int:showpreview}}'''” button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This is also related to [[Help:Tracking changes|tracking changes]] because every time you save, this is displayed to others as a separate change. This isn't something to worry about too much, but it's good to get into the habit of eliminating mistakes in your own work, by using a preview before saving, rather than saving several minor corrections afterwards. &nbsp;Be sure to click on the '''Save''' button at the bottom of the page after you preview or you will lose your edits.
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== Preview changes before saving ==
 
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*It's a good idea to use the “'''{{int:showpreview}}'''” button to see what your change will look like.  
=== Save  ===
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*This gives you a chance to catch your mistakes before it's saved or to see other changes that need to be made.
 
 
Be sure to save all of your edits by clicking on the '''Save''' button under the bottom left hand corner of the edit box. &nbsp;If you are doing extensive editing, it is a good idea to save your work periodically so you don't risk losing it. &nbsp;Remember, previewing your changes does not save them, you must still click on the '''Save''' button.
 
 
 
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=== Things you can do while editing articles  ===
 
  
*You can [[Help:How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format|import text from other sources]]
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== Edit Summary  ==
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|add an internal link to a page within the Wiki]]
 
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|add an external link to a page at another Web site]]
 
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|create a new page linked from an existing page]]
 
*You can [[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and paste]] text into the Wiki
 
*You can [[Insert an uploaded image in an article|insert images into articles]] after [[Help:Submitting images for approval|images are approved]]
 
*You can [[Help:Tables|add tables to pages]]
 
*You can [[Help:How to add citations|add citations to pages]]
 
  
For more information on contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki, please visit the [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit and Contribute Page]]<br>
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Before you save a change, you should enter a short note in the '''{{int:summary}}''' box describing your changes.
  
=== Wiki Editing is as Easy as 1-2-3!  ===
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No need to write down every detail, just try to give a very brief description of the changes you made e.g. "''fixed typo''" or "''added more information about sunflowers''". This summary gets stored alongside your edit history, and allows others to [[Help:Tracking changes|track changes]] in the wiki more effectively. For more information on this, see [[Help:Edit summary|Edit Summary]].
  
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== Save  ==
  
#Before you can edit, you must first sign in. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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It is recommend you '''Save''' your work periodically, especially if working on a time intensive task. After about 15 minutes of no activity, you will be '''automatically logged out'''. Therefore you will  '''lose all the work''' since the last time that a save was done. If you save often, this will not happen.
#To see how this works, edit your own User Page. Access your User Page on the Navigation&nbsp;bar by scrolling down and clicking on your '''Username''' under "Personal tools."
 
#When your User Page is displayed, click '''Edit '''near the top of the side bar. This will open the Rich Text Editor window. It will have the toolbar pictured above along&nbsp;the&nbsp;top of the editing window.
 
#Select the '''Heading 2&nbsp;'''font&nbsp;in&nbsp;the "Format" drop down menu on the left side of the toolbar.  
 
#Type a heading title for the first section of your User Page, such as "John Doe's User Page" and press your Enter key. The "Format" will automatically change to the "default" format of '''Normal'''.<br>
 
#Add some&nbsp;information to&nbsp;your user page beneath the heading you created.
 
#Click '''Save page''' at the bottom of the screen to save your work.
 
  
Congratulations! You have just created your first Wiki page!<br>
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{{Contributor help-navbox}} {{Editing help}}
  
{{Contributor help-navbox}} {{Editing help}}
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[[Category:Editing Wiki Articles]]

Latest revision as of 16:42, 30 January 2017

Get Involved in Wiki
Help:Wiki Help
Help:Editing the Wiki
Editing a Page

All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.

Editing in the Wiki

  • The number one rule of wiki editing, is to be bold. Dive in and make changes. So have confidence, and give it a try! You can correct mistakes later. There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!
  • In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.
  • You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. If you do, please read the Wiki policies and guiding principles to learn how to deal with such situations.

At some point you will also want to review the Wiki guiding principles and the Wiki publishing policies.

Editing Overall

Editing1.jpg

There are two methods in editing in the Wiki:

  1. Visual Editor - [Edit] does not require any programming language knowledge.
  2. Wikitext Editor - [Edit source] requires a knowledge of Wikitext programming language.

Accessing Visual Editor

  • To access VIsual Editor, you can either click on [edit] in the tool bar at the top of this page which allows you access to the entire page to edit.
  • Or you can click on [edit] along side each of the headers to only edit the material in that section.

When you click on [edit] the whole page or section will appear without the [edit] or [edit source] links appearing. The text on the page can now be edited as you would in any word processing program.

Editing templates

  • Some of the material on a page might be templates.
  • Templates cannot be edited with Visual Editor on the page they appear.
  • You can only edit templates with Wikitext or HTML.

Editing tables

  • Tables can be edited in Visual Editor, but are just a bit more involved.
  • For our example, we will assume that you clicked on [edit] next to the headers to gain access to the Visual Editor.
  • When you click on a table, two light blue edit boxes with an arrow pointing to the area you want to edit on top and on the right side appear

Help editing1.PNG

  • By double clicking on the text, itself, a blinking cursor will appear. You can now edit.
  • By clicking on the arrow in the lightblue edit box you can insert rows and columns or delete them as well.

Help editing2.PNG


Preview changes before saving

  • It's a good idea to use the “Show preview” button to see what your change will look like.
  • This gives you a chance to catch your mistakes before it's saved or to see other changes that need to be made.

Edit Summary

Before you save a change, you should enter a short note in the Summary: box describing your changes.

No need to write down every detail, just try to give a very brief description of the changes you made e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers". This summary gets stored alongside your edit history, and allows others to track changes in the wiki more effectively. For more information on this, see Edit Summary.

Save

It is recommend you Save your work periodically, especially if working on a time intensive task. After about 15 minutes of no activity, you will be automatically logged out. Therefore you will lose all the work since the last time that a save was done. If you save often, this will not happen.