How to Edit a Wikibook


Now that you are a Wikibookian you can contribute to a Wikibook by editing it. Editing involves deleting content, correcting spelling and grammar, altering the layout, formatting and more. How to Edit Almost all pages have a link at the top that says, “edit this page”. Click on the link. You will be taken to a page where you are free to edit the content. Don’t forget to save your...


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Now that you are a Wikibookian you can contribute to a Wikibook by editing it. Editing involves deleting content, correcting spelling and grammar, altering the layout, formatting and more.

How to Edit

Almost all pages have a link at the top that says, “edit this page”. Click on the link. You will be taken to a page where you are free to edit the content. Don’t forget to save your changes when you are done.

Clicking the Preview page button will show you a preview of the page you have just edited. The preview will appear in the top half of your screen and an edit window will appear in the bottom half of your screen.

Click the Save page button to save your changes. Your newly edited version will be display for anybody who reads it.

Click the check box that says, “this is a minor edit”, if you have made a relatively small edit. This saves other editors the time of meticulously inspecting the page.

Edit Summaries

The text box called “Summary” gives you an opportunity to explain what you did and why you did it. You do not need to write a summary, but it is considered good practice.

Recent Changes

All the changes made by all Wikibook editors, on all pages, are listed on the Recent Changes List. Each change will contain the title of the page edited, the name of the user (or the IP address of the person, if they are not logged in), and various other data, including:

M or N

‘M’ means the edit was a minor edit. ‘N’ means the edit is the first one on that page, and that the page is new.

(+123)

In parenthesis, will be the number of characters that have been added to or removed from the page. If the number is small, it was likely a small edit. If the number is large, it was a major change.

Edit Summary

Sometimes, if the person did not write a summary, the software will generate an automatic one.

 

My Watchlist

The watchlist contains a list of the pages that you want to keep track of. Clicking on the “my watchlist” link at the top of the page, you will see a listing of all the recent changes to the pages on your watchlist.

There are a few ways to add a page to your watchlist. When you edit a page, you will see next to a checkbox, ‘Watch this page’. Checking that box adds the page to your watchlist.

The Watchlist only shows the most recent edit to each page, not every individual edit.

History Pages

Every page has an associated history page. To get to the history page, click the “history” tab at the top of the page.

The history pages allow you to keep track of how a page changes over time. The history page shows the same information as the recent changes list and the watchlist.

Live Edit Feed

Users who are familiar with IRC (Internet Relay Chat) may be interested in watching the real-time edit feed at irc://irc.wikimedia.org/#en.wikibooks. This feed shows, in real-time, all the edits and changes that are made, as they happen. Users who are interested in becoming active vandal fighters tend to enjoy the IRC interface.

Watching All Pages in a Book

Authors usually want to watch all the pages in a given book or all the pages in several books. Here is how to add the pages to a watchlist:

Go to Special:Preferences and check the box ‘add pages I create to my watchlist’. This will automatically add all the new pages in your book to your watchlist. You might also want to check the box “add pages I edit to my watchlist”. To view all the changes that have been made to these pages, you can visit Special:Watchlist .

 

Moving and Renaming Pages

Pages need to be moved when a user creates a new page in the wrong location. Moving a page is as simple as clicking the ‘Move’ tab at the top of the page. This will take you to the move-screen, where you can rename the page and provide a short explanation for why it needs to be moved.

Do not move the page to the complete URL of the new page. For example For instance if you had a page named ‘life’ and you wanted it moved into the book called ‘My Book’, you would move the page to ‘My Book/life’, not ‘http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/My_Book/life’.

 

Moving a Page into a Book

Moving a page into an existing book is done by clicking the ‘move’ tab. Then enter the book name, a forward slash, and then the page name, as such:

BOOKNAME/PAGENAME

In the description box, say something simple such as ‘moving to a book’, and then click the Move page button.

‘Tagging’

Tagging is used to alert other editors and readers about the quality of the page. This is done through the use of templates. To use a template, put two curly brackets on ether side {{like this}}. The template can serve as a positive (marking a book for its rapid growth) or negative (marking a page for deletion) tag.

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