How to edit
- Start editing
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. Your account is linked with your personal record in the ENCORA Contact Database. Then to 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. You can start a new article by entering the title in the search window and click on Go. If an article with this title does not yet exist you may start editing your article by clicking on create this page.
- Type your changes
You can just type your text. However, also using basic wiki-markup to make links and do simple formatting adds to the value of your contribution. 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.
- Further editing guidance
Further editing guidance is provided in the following pages:
- Step-by-step guide - for making an article - includes tutorial links demonstrating the functions
- Guidelines - advice on content of articles
- Excellent article - characteristics of an excellent Coastal Wiki article
- Template - you can copy and paste this into your article as a basic format to help get started if you're stuck
- Weblinks - for functions beyond the basics
and in the downloadable files:
- Pdf version of the collective Steps, Guidelines and Template
- Downloadable PowerPoint version of the Coastal Wiki Tutorial as found in Step-by-step guide. It contains slides that go over the basic skills of uploading articles and editing in coastal wiki, intended for new Coastal Wiki users: headings, lists and numbering, emphasis, images, references, links and definitions.