Appropedia, like all wikis, allows you to edit almost any page. It's super simple, just click on Edit! If you make a mistake, don't worry! You can always revert any edit by clicking undo in the page history.

There are two main ways to edit pages: the visual editor and the source editor. The visual editor is generally easier. However, learning how to use the source editor will give you finer control on the final output and is essential for more advanced editing.

Visual editor
Source editor

The visual editor is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tool to edit pages. Activate it by clicking on the blue Edit button on the top right or on the pencil icon on the top bar and selecting Edit. The following video explains the fundamentals:

  1. 00:00 To enable the visual editor click on the blue ''Edit'' button or on the pencil icon on the top bar and select ''Edit''.
  2. 00:08 Click on "Paragraph" and you’ll be able to manage the titles within your text in a simple and intuitive way.
  3. 00:16 Click on the format tool to choose between bold, italics and many other settings.
  4. 00:22 Click on the paper clip icon to add a link to another Appropedia page or to an external address.
  5. 00:30 Click on "Cite" to add a reference to another source. A footnote will be generated automatically at the bottom of your page.
  6. 00:39 Click on the bullet icon to make bulleted or numbered lists.
  7. 00:43 Click on the "Insert" button to add images, media, templates, tables and many other options.
  8. 00:50 Click on the special characters icon to ad special characters

Once you've finished editing, click on save page and you are done.

The source editor allows editing pages via wikitext and some HTML. Activate it by clicking on the Edit source button on the top right or on the pencil icon on the top bar and selecting Edit source.

Type wikitext directly or use the toolbar above the edit box. Below is a cheatsheet of the possibilities of wikitext. Remember! Just because markup exists, it doesn't mean you have to use it. Try keeping pages as simple as possible.

You type You get Description
''italic'' italic Use italics for emphasis or contrast.
'''bold''' bold Use bold for highlighting and capturing the readers' attention.
'''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic Use bold and italics for even more emphasis.
<big>BIG</big> BIG Use big text for emphasis.
<small>small</small> small Use small text for annotations.
<font color="green">colored text</font> colored text Use colored text for page styling (see all colors).
<nowiki>no ''markup''</nowiki> no ''markup'' Escape wiki markup to avoid formatting.
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[[Appropriate technology]] Appropriate technology Use internal links to refer to another Appropedia page.
[[Appropriate technology|AT]] AT Use piped links to get the same link with a different text. Use external links to refer to external pages.
[ MediaWiki] MediaWiki External links can have alternative text.
[] [1] External links can also be numbered and unnamed.
[[Greenlivingpedia:Green computing]]
Greenlivingpedia:Green computing
Use interwiki links to link to Wikipedia and other wikis.
The Sun{{W|Sun}} The SunW Use superscripts for Wikipedia links.
== Section heading ==

=== Sub-section heading ===

==== Sub-sub-section heading ====

Section heading

Sub-section heading

Sub-sub-section heading

Use headings to organize content hierarchically.
Use horizontal lines for content breaks (use sparingly).
* Banana
* Apple
* Orange
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Orange
Use bullets lists for items that don't have a specific order.
# Do this
# Do that
# Do more
  1. Do this
  2. Do that
  3. Do more
Use numbered lists for items that have a specific order.
; Definition
: Item 1
: Item 2
Item 1
Item 2
Use definition lists for descriptions.
Use preformatted text for code and other special syntax.
{| class="wikitable"
! Item
! Price
| Banana
| USD 1
| Apple
| USD 2
Item Price
Banana USD 1
Apple USD 2
Use tables for structured data. See Help:Tables for details.

Some HTML tags (and inline CSS as well) are allowed in Appropedia, for example <code>, <div>, <span> and <font>. If you know enough HTML, this will come in handy as you edit pages. We encourage you, however, to stick with wikitext as much as possible to preserve content integrity over time and to make it as portable as possible.

Page history[edit | edit source]

How to access a page history

Every page allows you to view the history of edits. This allows you to undo any changes that you have done to a page, and even to revert the page back in time to a previous version.

To compare two versions of any wiki page, you can use the Difference to current and Difference to last buttons (i.e. diffs). A diff page shows two columns with the text removed on the left and text added on the right and the more recent revision of the page displayed below the columns.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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Authors Lonny Grafman, Chris Watkins, Kike Ramirez, David Reber
Published 2006
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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