PD Wiki User Guide
This paper identifies some potential applications of this wiki and outlines the information required by users in order to implement each of these.
|Application||You need to:-|
|Casual browsing||Start from the URL of the Home page or the Site Map|
|Correcting or amending text||Use the Edit command|
|Monitoring changes||Create a Watch List|
|Adding paragraphs||Master the Wiki Commands and Conventions|
|Setting up a new topic||Use the page set up conventions|
|Discussing an issue||Use the Discussion pages|
|Posting an article||Use the Magazine section|
|Research||Use the Research tool|
|Learn more about wikis||Take note of useful pages|
The Portal Page is at:-
The Site Map is at
N.B. Anyone can browse the wiki, but if you want to add material or even do the most minimal editing then please create an account and log in.
Tip To make the text in your browser bigger, Hold the CTL key down and press the '=' key - the equals key. (CTL and '-' - the minus key - makes the text smaller.)
Click the Edit tab at the top of the page. (You can then edit the whole page.)
Click on the  command at the top of the section you want to edit.
(A text panel opens.)
Make changes and Click on the Show preview button at the bottom of the panel.
When you are satisfied, Click on the Save Page Button
You can abort at any time by clicking on Cancel.
A comprehensive guide to editing can be found by clicking on Editing help.
Tip Clicking on a link with the CTL key pressed will open the target page in a new tab. This is useful when you want to keep open the page you are working on such as when you have not saved an edit yet.
Remember in a wiki anybody can change anything!!
Open the Topic page you want to monitor.
Click on the starred tab at the top of the page.
(This will turn blue and give you a pop-up message to say the page has been added to your watch list.)
Alternatively, while you are editing a page, tick the Watch this page box at the foot of the edit panel before you-
Save this page
You can view a list of the topics you are watching by clicking on My watchlist at the top of the page.
The wiki Markup language creates html behind the scenes. Often html can be used directly. It manipulates text by using embedded commands. A common format is:-
<start_command> text to be manipulated </end_command>
- (But it is often easier to use the wiki commands, such as a colon at the beginning of the line for indenting or surrounding the text with two or three single quotes for italicising or emboldening.)
Use of colour
Hyperlinks are recognised automatically and shown in blue.
Topics which have been designated but not yet set up are shown in red.
We are showing dates in bold maroon.e.g. 2012
We are showing source types in bold fuschia e.g. Full Text
Page setup conventions
You can put anything you like on any page but, to give the wiki some cohesion, some conventions have been adopted.
For an example go to the list of contents on the Home Page and click on the GM1 page in the Neuroprotection Section.
This was created by inserting the line :-
In the Contents Table. The title then appeared in red in the table and clicking on this sets up a blank page.
At the top of the page is an indented bold summary of what this Topic is all about.
The main headings are Background, Research, Further Reading, Related Pages, References.
To set up a Heading enclose it in pairs of equals signs e.g. ==Background==.
When the wiki software finds four such headings it automatically sets up a table of contents at the top of the page. (This can be suppressed by inserting the 'Magic Word' __NOTOC__ at the top of the page. It can be enforced and placed anywhere you want by putting __TOC__ there on a line of its own. Note the pair of underscores at both ends.)
Numbered Sub-headings can be added by increasing the number of equals signs, e.g. ===Early Research=== gives Early Research in the body of the text and 1.1 Early Research in the Table contents.
Automatic listing of references takes place by inserting a final heading of ==References== and following it with the single line of text viz:- <references/> (Note the slash at the end of the tag.)
Written as a continuous narrative but decomposed here into its component parts.
|Smith and Jones||Two authors|
|Smith et al||More than two|
|<ref>||<ref>||Start of reference|
|Author's names||Smith, N.J.; Jones, John and du Toit, F.||Surname first|
|Publication||Nature 45 (23) 1243-1275||Title Vol. No. Page(s)|
|Title of item||The Parkinson's Riddle||In italics|
|</ref>||</ref>||End of reference|
Every Topic page has a corresponding Discussion page for freeform dialogue. To initiate/view/take part in a discussion click on Discuss at the top of a Topic page.
The Magazine section
View by Clicking on Magazine Section on the Home Page
On most pages a Research tool can be found at the foot of the Further Reading section. It comprises a series of Click On links to source databases. When you have browsed these you may be able to distil the information into the wiki.
For multi-topic pages the Research tool takes the form of a Table
Tip There is a Template for the simple Research Tool. It can be found at: Template:PDLitSearch
It is used, for example, in PD_Neuroprotection where it looks like this:
Improve your technical writing skills and techniques.
Templates are useful when you want the same thing to be repeated on a number of pages, such as a list of related pages. When you create a new related page you only have to add it to the list in the template and it appears automatically in all the pages where you have inserted the template.
- The Related Pages part of the corresponding edit page:- http://en.wikiversity.org/w/index.php?title=PD_Neuroprotection/Neuroprotective_agents&action=edit§ion=5,
- The Template page itself:- Template:PD_Neuroprotection_Pages
- The End page for that:- http://en.wikiversity.org/w/index.php?title=Template:PD_Neuroprotection_Pages&action=edit