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For First Time Users

This First-Time User article contains step by step instructions for everything from login to completion of your first article.

Browsing and Searching

Search 

When you search for a phrase, the search engine looks for the appearance of ANY of the search terms not ALL of them.  Search for exact phrases using "quotes around the phrase."

Page Title Matches and Page Text Matches

When you do a search, the search engine will search for your search terms both in the titles of articles and in the text. If it finds that the search terms are found in both article titles and article text, articles with the terms in the title will be displayed above articles where the search terms appear in the content.

Browse with "What links here"

You may also find articles of interest by seeing which articles link to the one you are reading. To see this information, choose the "What links here" link while looking at any page. The list of articles which are linked to the specified page is displayed chronologically, the oldest at the top and the most recently linked at the bottom. What links here is found on the left sidebar under "Tools."

Usernames and Logging On

While readers can visit the CatDori site as a guest, CatDori members who want to create and edit articles should log in using their web account username and password. The login is found in the upper right corner of every page.

Contributing

How to Contribute

Contributors are expected to follow the copyright policies of this site.  For further information, please see Terms of Use.

Only registered users can create a new page, so be sure that you are logged in before beginning to submit a new article.

Create a new page by typing your desired title in the text box on the left hand side of the page and clicking the "New Article" button.

When you first create a page, you will be brought to the new page's edit tab. CatWiki automatically creates a template with a section title (the page title is above the edit window and cannot be changed at this point.)

Now that you are ready to enter your article, you can either type directly into the editor or copy & paste text from another source. The tools in the default editor are similar to those that you find in a word processor. Its features are described more fully below. After entering your article, remember to click "Save page" underneath the editor.

Topic Articles

If you have material for a new topic article, you should first perform a search to be sure that a very similar article does not already exist. If after searching you see that your article will be a useful addition, create a topic article. From the topics page, type the name of the article that you wish to create into the text box on the left of the screen and click "New Article." Then enter your article on the edit tab. Click "Save page" at the bottom of the screen to publish your page. Remember to categorize your article to help others find it.

Writing and Editing Modes

CatWiki allows contributors to use two different modes, WYSIWYG and Wikitext. Once in the edit tab, you can toggle between these views using the first icon on the left of the edit window.(see screencap below)

WYSIWYG

The default option for entering articles and editing in the CatWiki is a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. The editor displays your input, just as it will appear when published.

Features of the WYSISYG edit bar

The edit bar as it appears in the WYSIWYG editor
The edit bar as it appears in the WYSIWYG editor

Top left to right Bottom left to right
  • Toggles between WYSIWYG editor and Wikitext
  • Cut
  • Copy
  • Paste
  • Print
  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Search
  • Replace
  • Select All
  • Remove format
  • Insert Special Character
  • Insert/Edit Table
  • Insert/Edit Image
  • Insert Horizontal Line
  • Insert/Edit Template
  • Insert/Edit Special Tag
  • Insert/Edit Reference
  • Insert/Edit Formula
  • Select formatting (pulldown menu)
  • Bold text
  • Italic text
  • Underlined text
  • Subscript
  • Superscript
  • Numbered list
  • Bulleted list
  • Blockquote
  • Insert/Edit link
  • Remove link
  • Insert/Edit Anchor
  • Maximize the editor size
  • About

Wikitext

If you are familiar with or feel ambitious enough to learn to use wikitext, you can edit articles using it. Learn more about wikitext by reading Meta-Wiki's guide to wikitext, here.

Previewing & Saving

Always remember to click "Save page" before navigating away from the edit tab so your work is not lost. Every time that you click "Save page" on the edit page, you create a history of your actions in the "History" tab and your work gets published in CatWiki. On the other hand, if you click "Show preview" the changes are not stored and do not get added to the history. After clicking "Show preview" you will be brought to a page that displays your changes applied to the article at the top of the page and the text editor box below that. If you are happy with the preview results, then you can click "Save Page" and your changes will be applied to the article.

Adding Headings and Subheadings

Headings are used to organize the content within an article. To add headings, type in the text of your heading at the relevent place in your article. Then use the drop down menu next to the word "Format" at the top of the WYSIWYG editor to change the appearence of that text. You will see the choices "Normal" and Heading 1-6. If you include more than three headings in your article, a table of contents will automatically be generated by CatWiki.

In general, you should not use "Heading 1," because it is only meant to be used for the title of an article.

If you use the WYSIWYG editor to make write an article, you may notice that when you try to create headings the entire paragraph gets formatted as a heading. Include an extra hard return after each header, to prevent this.

Headings are formatted in wikitext using the equals sign ( = ) and a space. Heading 1 is enclosed in = one equal sign. = Heading two is enclosed in == two equal signs, == etc.

Creating Links in Articles

Internal Links

Image of the Insert Link icon in the WYSIWYG editor
Image of the Insert Link icon in the WYSIWYG editor
Links to other pages in CatWiki are called internal links. To create an internal link, highlight the words or words you wish to have act as link and click the link icon at the top of the WYSIWYG editor. In the link box begin typing a word from the title of the article that you wish to link to and the search will automatically generate a list of pages in CatWiki. Select the title of the page you wish to link to and click "OK."

External Links

External links are created in the same way as internal links, except instead of searching for the page you are trying to link to, you must enter the entire URL of the external website. The automatic search will recognize that you are linking to an external page and will not show any results in the search.

Uploading Images and Videos

Upload an Image or Photo

Before uploading the file, be sure to save your page. Clicking on "Upload a file" navigates you away from the edit window and you will lose your work if you neglect to save it. To upload an image, go the "Upload file" link in the left sidebar. You will be brought to a new page that allows you to browse your computer's hard disk for an image that you want to add to CatWiki. After selecting the image, you can choose the name that it will be recorded under on CatWiki or you can choose to leave the same filename that it had on your drive.

When you upload an image, CatWiki automatically creates a page for it under "Images:Your_file_name." You can use the edit tab on this page to include information about the image, such as when it was created and copyright information. The text that is entered in the edit tab of an image page is displayed under the image.

CatWiki currently supports png, gif, jpg, and jpeg images.

Embed an Image or Photo

After your image is uploaded, return to the article’s edit tab and click the “Insert/Edit Image” icon in the WYSIWYG editor. Type the first few letters of the name of the image you uploaded. This will display a list of similarly named images. Find the correct one and click to highlight it. Add a caption and choose “Special type.” Choose thumbnail for larger images. You can then align the image right, center, or left. Click “OK” and the image will be inserted in your document. Do not worry if you cannot see the caption in the editor, it will be displayed on the published page. Click “Save page” and you have successfully embedded an image in your article.

Embed a Video

You can embed videos in your article. Upload the video to CatWiki using the same upload menu that you use to upload pictures. Then enter the URL of the video. Highlight the URL and click the special tag button on the WYSIWYG editor (<s>). Select the proper tag and click okay. You will no longer see the URL of the video; it will be replaced by the word "special" highlighted in yellow.

Upload Other File Formats

In addition to images, CatWiki also supports doc, pdf, ppt, xls, flv, swf, and mp3 files. These are added to CatWiki in the same way as images.

Creating Tables

A Basic Table

This is the code for a basic table:

{| class="wikitable"
|-
! header 1
! header 2
! header 3
|-
| row 1, cell 1
| row 1, cell 2
| row 1, cell 3
|-
| row 2, cell 1
| row 2, cell 2
| row 2, cell 3
|}

It produces a table that looks like this:

Header 1 Header 2 Header 3
row 1,cell 1 row 1, cell 2 row 1, cell 3
row 2,cell 1 row 2, cell 2 row 2, cell 3
row 3,cell 1 row 3, cell 2 row 3, cell 3

The sample text ("header 1" or "row 1, cell 1") is to be replaced with actual data.

More Advanced Table Features

Text Alignment

To align text left, right or center, input one of these instructions following class="wikitable":

style="text-align:left"

style="text-align:center"

style="text-align:right"
Borders

To create a border around each cell element, input one of these instructions following the above elements. Each number creates a different type of border:

border=1

border=2

border=3
Example of a Table Using Alignment and Borders
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:left" border=2
|-
! header 1
! header 2
! header 3
|-
| row 1, cell 1
| row 1, cell 2
| row 1, cell 3
|-
| row 2, cell 1
| row 2, cell 2
| row 2, cell 3
|}

It produces a table that looks like this:

Header 1 Header 2 Header 3
row 1,cell 1 row 1, cell 2 row 1, cell 3
row 2,cell 1 row 2, cell 2 row 2, cell 3
row 3,cell 1 row 3, cell 2 row 3, cell 3


Editing

Why Edit?

Quite a few people get started editing because they are reading an article and they notice an omission, a factual error, or a typo. If you find yourself in this situation and know how to make edits and changes, go ahead and do so. If your change is more than minor, please include references, because all unreferenced material is subject to being removed.

However, there may also be times when it would be better to create a new topic article than edit an existing article. You might consider creating a new topic article if you have significant amounts of material to add to an existing article or if you feel a tangent in the article deserves further exploration.

How to Edit

The first step in editing any page is clicking on the edit tab. The edit tab is in a blue box with white text, right above the article. A new page will load and "Edit" will now be highlighted in white. The edit page consists of an edit window with the existing text, categorization drop-down menus, an edit summary text box, and 3 buttons labeled "Save page," "Show preview," and "Show changes." The features of the WYSIWYG editor are described above. As you enter changes, save your page using the "Save page" button often!

Summary Text Box

If you edit a pre-existing article it is courteous to leave a summary of the changes that you make in this box. Put a check mark in the "This is a minor edit" box, if you are only making a small change, such as correcting a typo.

Renaming Pages

Because the articles in CatDori use many internal links, pages cannot be renamed in the same way that you rename files on your computer. Instead of renaming a page, use the "Move" tab. Moving an article allows you to give the article a new title and at the same time ensures that all links pointing to the old article still function.

Notes & Tips

  • When writing an article, before adding an image, click "Save Page." You will need to leave the edit screen before up loading an image, so your changes will be lost if you neglect to do this.
  • To link to non-image media (PDFs, DOCs, etc.) add the media the same way you add an image, but go into the wiki text and change "Image" to "Media" otherwise the wiki will try to display a thumbnail of an image that does not exist.
  • When you paste in Mozilla Firefox a new window will open for you to paste into. Just paste into the new window and click "OK." Your text will appear where the cursor was.
  • Increase visibility by holding down control and simultaneously pressing the + sign. Hold down control and hit the number 0 to return to regular size.

Account Settings

Account settings can be viewed under the "mydori" tab in the upper right hand corner. These settings allow you to modify the pages that control your communication with other users, your preferences, your watchlist, and monitor your contribution articles.



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