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Wiki markup is the syntax system you can use to format a wiki page.

In the left column of the table below, you can see what effects are possible. In the right column, you can see how those effects were achieved. In other words, to make text look like it looks in the left column, type it in the format you see in the right column.

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Sections, paragraphs, lists and lines Edit

What it looks like What you type

Start your sections as follows:

New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

  • Start with a second-level heading (==); do not use first-level headings (=).
  • Do not skip levels (e.g., second-level followed by fourth-level).
  • A Table of Contents will automatically be added to an article that has four or more sections.
==New section==

===Subsection===

====Sub-subsection====

A single newline generally has no effect on the layout. These can be used to separate sentences within a paragraph. Some editors find that this aids editing and improves the function diff (used internally to compare different versions of a page).

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

  • When used in a list, a newline does affect the layout (see below).
A single [[newline]]
generally has no effect on the layout. 
These can be used to separate
sentences within a paragraph.
Some editors find that this aids editing
and improves the function ''diff'' 
(used internally to compare
different versions of a page).

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.

You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.

  • Please use this sparingly.
  • Close markup between lines, don't start a link or italics or bold on one line and close it on the next.
You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Lists are easy to do:
    • Start every line with a star.
      • More stars means deeper levels.
        • A newline in a list

marks the end of a list item.

  • An empty line starts a new list.
* Lists are easy to do:
** Start every line with a star.
*** More stars means deeper levels.
**** A newline in a list
marks the end of a list item.

* An empty line starts a new list.
  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
      1. easier still
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
### easier still
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this
Definition list
list of definitions
item
the item's definition
another item
the other item's definition
  • One item per line; a newline can appear before the colon, but using a space before the colon improves parsing.
; Definition list : list of definitions
; item : the item's definition
; another item
: the other item's definition
A colon indents a line or paragraph.

A manual newline starts a new paragraph.

  • This is primarily for displayed material, but is also used for discussion on Talk pages.
: A colon indents a line or paragraph.
A manual newline starts a new paragraph.
IF a line starts with a space THEN
it will be formatted exactly
as typed;
in a fixed-width font;
lines won't wrap;
ENDIF
  • This is useful for:
    • pasting preformatted text;
    • algorithm descriptions;
    • program source code;
    • ASCII art;
    • chemical structures;
  • WARNING: If you make it wide, you force the whole page to be wide and hence less readable, especially for people who use lower resolutions. Never start ordinary lines with spaces.
 IF a line starts with a space THEN
 it will be formatted exactly
 as typed;
 in a fixed-width font;
 lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
Centered text.
  • Note the American spelling of "center".
<center>Centered text.</center>

A horizontal dividing line: this is above it


and this is below it.

  • Mainly useful for separating threads on Talk pages.
  • Also used to disambiguate within an article without creating a separate page.
A horizontal dividing line:
this is above it
----
and this is below it.

Links and URLs Edit

What it looks like What you type

Tim Cain is the Supreme Fallout Commander.

  • A link to another wiki article.
  • Internally, the first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link has the same effect as typing a space, but is not recommended).
  • Thus the link above is to the URL http://fallout.wikia.com/index.php?title=Tim_Cain, which is the article with the name "Tim Cain".
[[Tim Cain]] is the Supreme Fallout Commander.

Timmy likes to wear party hats.

  • Same target, different name.
  • This is a piped link.
[[Tim Cain|Timmy]] likes to
wear party hats.

Timmy likes to wear party hats.

  • Endings are blended into the link.
  • Preferred style is to use this instead of a piped link, if possible.
[[Tim Cain|Timmy]] likes to
wear [[party hat]]s.

Automatically hide stuff in parentheses: Hub.

Automatically hide namespace: Contents.

  • The server fills in the part after the pipe character (|) when you save the page. The next time you open the edit box you will see the expanded piped link. When previewing your edits, you will not see the expanded form until you press Save and Edit again. The same applies to links to sections within the same page.
Automatically hide stuff in parentheses:
[[Hub (town)|]].

Automatically hide namespace:
[[Help:Contents|]]. 

Fallout 4: The Master's Revenge is a page that doesn't exist yet.

  • You can create it by clicking on the link (but please don't do so with this particular link).
  • To create a new page:
    1. Create a link to it on some other (related) page.
    2. Save that page.
    3. Click on the link you just made. The new page will open for editing.
  • For more information, see How to start a page.
  • Please do not create a new article without linking to it from at least one other article.
[[Fallout 4: The Master's Revenge]] is 
a page that doesn't exist yet.

Help:How to edit a page is this page.

  • Self links appear as bold text when the article is viewed.
  • Do not use this technique to make the article name bold in the first paragraph
[[Help:How to edit a page]] is this page.

When adding a comment to a Talk page, you should sign it by adding three tildes to add your user name:

Ausir

or four to add user name plus date/time:

Ausir 00:18, Nov 19, 2004 (UTC)

Five tildes gives the date/time alone:

00:18, Nov 19, 2004 (UTC)
  • The first two both provide a link to your user page.
When adding a comment to a Talk page,
you should sign it by adding
three tildes to add your user name:
: ~~~
or four for user name plus date/time:
: ~~~~
Five tildes gives the date/time alone:
: ~~~~~
  • Redirect one article title to another by placing a directive like the one shown to the right on the first line of the article (such as at a page titled "FEV").
  • Note that, while it is possible to link to a section, it is not possible to redirect to a section. For example, "#REDIRECT [[Forced Evolutionary Virus#Related Holodisks]]" will redirect to the Forced Evolutionary Virus page, but not to any particular section on it. This feature will not be implemented in the future, so such redirects should not be used.
#REDIRECT [[Forced Evolutionary Virus]]

A user's Contributions page can be linked as: Special:Contributions/UserName or Special:Contributions/192.0.2.0

A user's '''Contributions''' page can be linked as:
[[Special:Contributions/UserName]]
or
[[Special:Contributions/192.0.2.0]]
  • To put an article in a Category, place a link like the one to the right anywhere in the article. As with interlanguage links, it does not matter where you put these links while editing as they will always show up in the same place when you save the page, but placement at the end of the edit box is recommended.
[[Category:Perks]]
  • To link to a Category page without putting the article into the category, use an initial colon (:) in the link.
[[:Category:Perks]]

Images Edit

What it looks like What you type
A picture: Dogmeat

or, with alternative text: Dogmeat

or, floating to the right side of the page and with a caption:

Dogmeat
Dogmeat, the legendary dog

or, floating to the right side of the page without a caption:

Dogmeat

  • Only images that have been uploaded to the wiki can be used. To upload images, use the upload page. You can find the uploaded image on the image list.
  • Alternative text, used when the image isn't loaded, in a text-only browser, or when spoken aloud, is strongly encouraged.
  • The frame tag automatically floats the image right.
A picture: [[File:Dogmeat.jpg]]

or, with alternative text:
[[File:Dogmeat.jpg|Dogmeat]]

or, floating to the right side of the page and with a caption:
[[File:Dogmeat.jpg|frame|Dogmeat, the legendary dog]]

or, floating to the right side of the page ''without'' a caption:
[[File:Dogmeat.jpg|right|Dogmeat, the legendary dog]]

Clicking on an uploaded image displays a description page, which you can also link directly to: File:Dogmeat.jpg


[[:File:Dogmeat.jpg]]


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