This is the quick help page for Zwiki version 0.60.0
See also the more complete docs at http://zwiki.org , such as the
What is this ?
This site is a wiki, a kind of collaborative website, running the Zwiki
wiki software. wiki wiki means quick.
Wikis try to make it as simple as possible to write and share useful
content, using intuitive page naming and text formatting conventions.
Wikis are usually (but not always) wide open and assume a cooperating
community. Anyone can edit, add comments, and make new pages on the
spot. It is often possible to upload files and pictures and get email
notifications as well.
Getting around a zwiki
Zwiki's user interface comes in two main flavours:
standard and plone , or
it may be customized by site administrators. Some standard links are
almost always available, such as "home" for the front page, "contents"
for an overview of the wiki, and "changes" for a list of
Each page in a wiki has a unique name, most often a WikiName - two or
more capitalized words joined together. Free-form names - any word or
phrase enclosed in brackets - may also be used here (unless disabled).
Wiki page names which appear in text automatically link to that page.
Click "backlinks" or the page title or use the "b" access key to see
which pages link to this one. You'll also see ordinary links made with
bare urls, HTML, text formatting markup, or ZWiki:RemoteWikiLinks .
Some more tips:
- use the convenient
access keys for navigation
and other functions
- set your time zone, editform height and other things by clicking "options"
- leave your mouse pointer over most user interface elements to see
Zwiki keeps pages in a hierarchy, like an outliner, which helps to
organize large amounts of content. Unless disabled by the site
administrator, you can:
- see the overall wiki outline, by clicking "contents" or using the "c"
- see a page's subtopics, if any, linked just below the main text
- go to the next page, the previous page, or up, using the "n", "p", and
"u" access keys
- reparent the current page to move it (with subtopics) to a new place
in the hierarchy, using the backlinks screen or the page management
form at the bottom of the page
If you see a "subscribe" link, you can subscribe to receive comments (or
all edits) by email. You can subscribe to individual pages, or to the
- Click "subscribe"
- if needed, enter your email address and click "Change"
- click the button to toggle your page or wiki subscription status
If the site administrator has configured it, subscribers may also send
comments by mail. Just reply to a mail from the wiki, or send mail to
the wiki's mail-in address. Your mail will go to the page named in
brackets in the subject (or to a default page).
You will be able to create, edit, rename, reparent, delete any page,
upload files and images, and more - except where restricted by the site
administrator. Many zwikis require that you set a username in "options"
before you can make changes. Tips:
- Add a comment using the form at the bottom of the page. Note this may
be received by many subscribers - to avoid this, use the SandBox page
- Click "edit" to change the page's text. You may also be able to
rename the page, select the text formatting rules, or upload a file
here. It's useful to enter a short "change note" as well.
- When you write a wiki page name in wiki text, it automatically forms a
link to that page (remember, free-form names must be enclosed in
- If the named page does not yet exist, a ? link will appear; click that
when you are ready to create it.
When you save a page, Zwiki formats and links your text according to
some standard markup rules. Different rules are applied depending on
the page type; they are described at ZWiki:TextFormattingRules. Here
is a quick primer for ZWiki:StructuredText (but zwikis increasingly use
ZWiki:RestructuredText which has some differences..).
- non-blank lines are run together to form a paragraph;
paragraphs are separated by blank lines
- a one-line "paragraph" followed by a more-indented paragraph makes a
heading. Tip: you need only indent the first line.
- a paragraph beginning with - or a number followed by a space makes a bullet
or numbered list item; a more-indented list item starts a sub-list
- short text enclosed in
'...' is italic, bold, underlined or
- WikiNames, [Free-form name]s enclosed in brackets, ZWiki:RemoteWikiLinks ,
http://bare/urls , and !Structured Text links are
made into hyperlinks
- HTML tags may be added if necessary; on sites which permit it,
DTML (server-side code) may also be used
- short text enclosed in single quotes is quoted, ie displayed in
monospace font and protected from some of the above formatting. For
reliable quoting of a body of text, indent it after a paragraph
ending with a double colon :
Like this (edit this page to see source).
This is the surest way to prevent WikiLinks, <HTML tags> and &dtml-tags;
- don't worry about learning all the rules and their interactions -
just mimic the text around you; when it does something unexpected,
try some tweaks; go to the docs or ask for help when you get really
stuck or curious about why it's doing something.
Find out more
About Zwiki: http://zwiki.org
About wiki in general: