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This page is a tutorial for learning to work with the essential rules of wiki-formatted text, or "wikitext". Wikitext is designed to be as simple as possible so that an article may be quickly typed and styled without having to take a break to type out long HTML codes. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to channel your thoughts into writing the perfect article (or even a not-so-perfect article!).
Creating italicized or bold text is the simplest rule – simply use the apostrophe character in groups of two or three to create the style. (Be sure to use the "straight" apostrophe and not the curved "smart quote" characters used in some text editors and word processors.)
Both unordered and numbered lists are simple to create as well: simply use the asterisk or hash characters at the beginning of a line to create the entry. To create nested lists, simply add an extra asterisk or hash to the front of the line. You can even mix and match the kinds of list in a single group!
To create a definition, start the line with a semicolon, and follow the term to be defined with a colon, then the definition. This will bold the term, and indent the definition on the following line.
Links and URLs
In a wiki, it's important to help build the web by creating links to other articles in every appropriate context. Use the following techniques to create "free links" to other Sega Retro articles:
If an article is long enough, you can divide the page into different sections. Memory Alpha will automatically generate a table of contents based on the content for all articles with more than three sections.
You can also create a horizontal divider by using four dashes in a row.
Images and other media
See: Help: Image markup
See: Help: Table markup
See: Help: Math markup
The MediaWiki software has a number of built-in variables for common elements that may change depending on the date.
NUMBEROFARTICLES is the number of pages in the main namespace which contain a link and are not a redirect (i.e. number of articles, stubs containing a link, and disambiguation pages).
It's also possible to tell MediaWiki to ignore any of the above rules using a simple tag: