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Linking overview

This bit's very important - how do you create new pages and then link to them? This is all handled automatically (and is one of the best parts of the Wiki concept if you ask me), by using a special format to identify a name that you want to link to a new page. This 'link pattern' is:

One or more uppercase letters, then one or more lowercase letters, then one uppercase letter, then any letters (either upper or lowercase).

In other words, simply SmashWordsTogetherLikeSo.

Note that a name conforming to this pattern is not hyperlinked if that name is the same as the current page title you are viewing.

Creating new pages

Once you submit a page with a new linked name in it you'll notice that a question mark appears after the name (and the name is still in 'smashed together' form). This means the page hasn't been defined yet but if you click on the question mark it will be automatically generated (the question mark will disappear from the referencing page and turn into a proper link - with the text 'unsmashed').

Renaming links

Sometimes it is useful to have the link appear with a different name to the destination page. For instance you may wish the link to appear as "click here" rather than the page name. You can do this by enclosing the link in square brackets and appending the name you wish to appear:

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Single-word links

To link to a single-word page use two square brackets, like this:




You can create sub-pages within the title hierarchy by prepending a link name with a forward slash "/".


These can also be relative links:


Suppressing links

If you want to write a smashed-together word but don't want it to be linked simply do one of the following:

There are sometimes words that naturally and legitimatly appear 'smashed together', for instance "Active X". It would be annoying if these always became links and you had to prepend with with "~". To avoid this there is a special page on this site called StopWords onto which you can add any such words that you do not want to be linked. Even then, you can still explictly link such pages using the "[..]" linking format.

URL links

You can easily produce links to other Web sites, e-mail addresses, and so on. All such "external" links will spawn a new window when clicked - as they are taking the user away from the current Wiki.
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