For examples of how these rules are used, see TextFormattingExamples.
To experiment with the rules, please try editing the WikiWikiSandBox.
- Do not indent paragraphs
- Words wrap and fill as needed
- Use blank lines as separators
- Four or more hyphens at the beginning of a line make a horizontal rule
- tab-* for first level (See TipForTypingTab)
- tab-tab-* for second level, etc.
- Use * for bullet lists, 1. for numbered lists (mix at will) -- always use 1., it will be renumbered automagically.
- tab-Term:-tab-Definition for definition lists
- One line for each item
- Other leading whitespace signals preformatted text, changes font (see below).
- Four dashes at the left margin: ----
- Indent with one or more spaces to use a monospace font:
This is in monospace
This is not
- tab-space-:-tab -- often used (with emphasis) for quotations. (See SimulatingQuoteBlocks?)
- This is quoted.
- If you are going to ConvertSpacesToTabs, you need to type nine spaces, a colon, and then eight spaces before the text.
- Use doubled single-quotes ('') for emphasis (usually italics)
- Use tripled single-quotes (''') for strong emphasis (usually bold)
- Use five single-quotes ('), or triples within doubles, for some other kind of emphasis (BoldItalicInWiki?), but be careful about the bugs in the Wiki emphasis logic...
- Emphasis can be used multiple times within a line, but cannot cross line boundaries
- You can create minimal (non-nested) tables by using vertical bar (|) to start and separate table elements, and new lines to start rows.
- Tables cannot be on the same line as other text, but may be preceeded by blanks.
- See more examples at TableTest
- JoinCapitalizedWords to make local references
- , ,  refer to remote references. Click EditLinks on the edit form to enter URLs
- Or precede URLs with "http:", "ftp:" or "mailto:" to create links automatically as in: http://c2.com/
- Remote References for URLs ending with .gif are shown as images:
- ISBN: 0-13-748310-4 links to a bookseller. (The pattern is: "ISBN", optional colon, space, ten digits with optional hyphens, the whole thing optionally in square brackets. The last digit can be an "X".)
- I S B N: 0123456789 becomes ISBN: 0123456789
- [I S B N 0123456789] becomes [ISBN 0123456789]
- [I S B N: 123-456-789-X] becomes [ISBN: 123-456-789-X]
- Don't bother
- < and > are themselves
- The & characters will not work
- When a rule says "tab," it wants a tab character without extra spaces around it. Try typing Control I in your browser to insert a tab. See TipForTypingTab if you have trouble entering tabs.
- The actual TextFormattingRegularExpressions? that implement these rules are available for those who can read them.
- Try opening the edit window as a new window in the browser, so you can see the correspondence. Not that the rules are difficult!
- Use italics sparingly when possible, as it's harder to read (especially at low resolution) than non-italics.
- Inserting lines with the LynxBrowser? presents a special challenge. For help with that, see UsingWikiWithLynx?.
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