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== On how to use the wiki==
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The steps below are intended to guide you through the process of creating an article. The page [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines]] provides a more detailed explanation how things work at the Coastal Wiki. More information on editing an article is provided in [[How to edit an article]]. For more information on the background and audience of the Coastal Wiki, see [[Coastal Wiki:Why, What and for Whom?]]. Success with editing the Coastal Wiki!
  
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==Basic setup==
First of all you need an account, this is so other users can see who made the edits. To create an account just press the '''Log in / create account''' link at the top right of the page. You have to link your account then with the contact database. Enter your name under 'Your full name'. If you cannot find your name there, contact info@encora.eu, and ask for an account in the contact database. To then start editing this or any other page either click the '''edit''' link at the top of the page or use the edit button at the beginning of each section. This takes you to the '''edit page''': a page with a text box containing the ''wikitext'': the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage.  
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The table below provides an overview of how-to-start topics. The links refer to the article [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines]] and to pages from the [http://www.encora.eu/documents/CoastalWikitutorial.pps Coastal Wiki Tutorial (powerpoint)].
  
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You can just type your text. However, also using basic [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editing '''wiki-markup'''] to make links and do simple formatting adds to the value of your contribution. Also see the special [[help]] page
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When you have finished, click '''Show preview''' to see how your changes will look '''before''' you make them permanent.  Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click '''Save page''' and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
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|width="120"|a) [[Media:stepa.jpg|'''Register''']]. || To edit at the Coastal Wiki, you need an account with an editing authorisation, this is so other users can see who made the edits. If you already have an account, just click log in/create an account at the right-hand side of this page, just below the main toolbar. If you want to know how to obtain an account, [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines#Obtaining an account|click here]].
View the PowerPoint version of the [http://library.coastweb.info/940/ Coastal Wiki Tutorial] online - Contains slides that go over the basic skills of uploading articles and editing in coastal wiki, intended for new Coastal Wiki users. Covers headings, lists and numbering, emphasis, images, references, links and definitions.  
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|b) [[Media:stepb.jpg|'''Start new article''']]  || Before starting an article, check if an article on the same, or a very similar topic exists already (by using the search box). Also, try to identify in which theme (see the ten themes at the [[Main Page]]) your article fits and contact the coordinator of that theme. Please read the article on [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines]].
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|c) [[Media:stepc.jpg|'''Edit other articles''']] || You can just edit every (part of an) article, by clicking either the '''edit''' link at the top of the page or use the '''edit''' button at the beginning of each section. However, we recommend to contact the author first if you want to make major adjustments. For more information [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines#Edit another article|click here]].
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|d) [[Media:stepd.jpg|'''Editing and saving''']] || You can edit an article as you go or prepare an article in a word-document. Make use of [[How to edit an article#basic Wiki-formatting|basic Wiki-formatting]] to format your article, to create links and insert images, references and tables. For more information [[Basic setup, rules and guidelines#Editing and saving|click here]].
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==Editing==
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The table below provides an overview of how-to-edit topics. The links refer to the article [[How to edit an article]] and to pages from the [http://www.encora.eu/documents/CoastalWikitutorial.pps Coastal Wiki Tutorial (powerpoint)].
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|width="120"|1. [[Media:step1.jpg|'''Basic Wiki-formatting''']] || Try to use appropriate headings and subheadings, add references an links. Add [[Media:step2.jpg|bullets and numbering]] where appropriate. Use [[Media:step3.jpg|italics and bold]] for emphasis. Click [[How to edit an article#Basic Wiki-formatting|here]] for more information.
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|2. [[Media:step4.jpg|'''Images and tables''']] || Add illustrations, boxes and tables to your article, if they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions and acceptable copyright status. Try to insert 1 image for every 500 words. Click [[How to edit an article#Images and tables|here]] for more information about inserting images and tables.
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|3. [[Media:step8b.jpg|'''Definitions''']] || Define terms and refer to the definitions from separate, individual definition pages. Click [[How to edit an article#Definitions|here]] for more information on the creation of definitions.
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|4. '''Formulas'''|| You can use html-format or Wiki Math-format to edit formulas or to insert special symbols, Greek or mathematical characteristics. Click [[How to edit an article#Formulas|here]] for more information.
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|5. '''Links and references''' || Make sure that your article is [[links|adequately linked]] to other sources. Create [[Media:step7.jpg|internal links]] to other articles at the Coastal Wiki and create [[Media:step6.jpg|web links]]. Provide [[Media:step5.jpg|references]] with citations from cited and reputable sources and create a list of cited references. It is also possible to refer to uploaded documents at the [http://library.coastweb.info/ CoastWeb Library]. Click [[How to edit an article#Links and references|here]] to see how to insert references, notes and links.
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|6. '''Credit the author''' || Credit yourself at the end of the article as the main author, so that other users are able to view the main author. Click [[How to edit an article#Credit the author|here]] for information on how to credit an author. 
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|7. '''Categorization''' || Add at least three appropriate categories to your article, in order to make it easier to be found by different types of users. Click [[How to edit an article#Categorization|here]] for more information.
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Versie van 20 okt 2008 om 10:07

The steps below are intended to guide you through the process of creating an article. The page Basic setup, rules and guidelines provides a more detailed explanation how things work at the Coastal Wiki. More information on editing an article is provided in How to edit an article. For more information on the background and audience of the Coastal Wiki, see Coastal Wiki:Why, What and for Whom?. Success with editing the Coastal Wiki!

Basic setup

The table below provides an overview of how-to-start topics. The links refer to the article Basic setup, rules and guidelines and to pages from the Coastal Wiki Tutorial (powerpoint).

Step Instructions
a) Register. To edit at the Coastal Wiki, you need an account with an editing authorisation, this is so other users can see who made the edits. If you already have an account, just click log in/create an account at the right-hand side of this page, just below the main toolbar. If you want to know how to obtain an account, click here.
b) Start new article Before starting an article, check if an article on the same, or a very similar topic exists already (by using the search box). Also, try to identify in which theme (see the ten themes at the Main Page) your article fits and contact the coordinator of that theme. Please read the article on Basic setup, rules and guidelines.
c) Edit other articles You can just edit every (part of an) article, by clicking either the edit link at the top of the page or use the edit button at the beginning of each section. However, we recommend to contact the author first if you want to make major adjustments. For more information click here.
d) Editing and saving You can edit an article as you go or prepare an article in a word-document. Make use of basic Wiki-formatting to format your article, to create links and insert images, references and tables. For more information click here.

Editing

The table below provides an overview of how-to-edit topics. The links refer to the article How to edit an article and to pages from the Coastal Wiki Tutorial (powerpoint).

Step Instructions
1. Basic Wiki-formatting Try to use appropriate headings and subheadings, add references an links. Add bullets and numbering where appropriate. Use italics and bold for emphasis. Click here for more information.
2. Images and tables Add illustrations, boxes and tables to your article, if they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions and acceptable copyright status. Try to insert 1 image for every 500 words. Click here for more information about inserting images and tables.
3. Definitions Define terms and refer to the definitions from separate, individual definition pages. Click here for more information on the creation of definitions.
4. Formulas You can use html-format or Wiki Math-format to edit formulas or to insert special symbols, Greek or mathematical characteristics. Click here for more information.
5. Links and references Make sure that your article is adequately linked to other sources. Create internal links to other articles at the Coastal Wiki and create web links. Provide references with citations from cited and reputable sources and create a list of cited references. It is also possible to refer to uploaded documents at the CoastWeb Library. Click here to see how to insert references, notes and links.
6. Credit the author Credit yourself at the end of the article as the main author, so that other users are able to view the main author. Click here for information on how to credit an author.
7. Categorization Add at least three appropriate categories to your article, in order to make it easier to be found by different types of users. Click here for more information.