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You can format your text using wiki markup. This consists of normal characters like asterisks, single quotes or equation marks which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in italic, you include it in two single quotes like
Text formatting markup
|Description||You type||You get|
|character (inline) formatting – applies anywhere|
|Bold and italic||
||bold & italic|
|Escape wiki markup||
|section formatting – only at the beginning of the line|
|Headings of different levels||
=level 1= ==level 2== ===level 3=== ====level 4==== =====level 5===== ======level 6======
An article with 4 or more headings automatically creates a table of contents.
Level 3Level 4
Level 5Level 6
* one * two * three ** three point one ** three point two
Inserting a blank line will end the first list and start another.
# one # two<br />spanning more lines<br />doesn't break numbering # three ## three point one ## three point two
;item 1 : definition 1 ;item 2 : definition 2-1 : definition 2-2
|Adopting definition list to indent text||
: Single indent :: Double indent ::::: Multiple indent
This workaround may be controversial from the viewpoint of accessibility.
|Mixture of different types of list||
# one # two #* two point one #* two point two # three #; three item one #: three def one # four #: four def one #: this rather looks like the continuation of # four #: and thus often used instead of <br /> # five ## five sub 1 ### five sub 1 sub 1 ## five sub 2 ;item 1 :* definition 1-1 :* definition 1-2 : ;item 2 :# definition 2-1 :# definition 2-2
The usage of
preformatted text is done with a '''space''' at the ''beginning'' of the line
This way of preformatting only applies to section formatting, and character formatting markups are still effective.
preformatted text is done with a space at the beginning of the line
MediaWiki ignores single line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can force a line break within a paragraph with the HTML tags
Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki, for example
<font>. These apply anywhere you insert them.
|Description||You type||You get|
|Fixed width text||
|| Fixed width text or |
|| text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text |
quote quote quote quote quote quotetext text text text text text text text text text text text
Text can only be viewed in the edit window.
|Completely preformatted text||
this way, all markups are '''ignored'''.
|Customized preformatted text||
this way for instance, all '''ignored''' markups take into account the navigator size, by automatically adding some carriage returns dynamically to it.
Beyond the text formatting markup shown above, here are some other formatting references: