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Getting Started

Congratulations, you are now an editor of an AS department website! For the most part, your task as is to take care of the content, while the admin takes care of the visual appearance.

Don't be shy about editing the site. The wiki maintains a complete history of actions, allowing anything to be undone or corrected. For a safe place to try out editing, try the WikiSandbox.

If you need help, this group of pages and the included PmWiki documentation should be the first places to look.

As a quick overview of the website structure, each page and uploaded file belongs to a group, and all groups are at the same level. The apparent hierarchical navigation is generated from the sitemap.

Editing pages

In order to edit a page, you'll need to be logged on and have edit access to the page you want to edit. If this is so, you'll find a link titled "Edit" in the page footer that'll open the edit form for the page.

Editing content is done within the site, using wiki markup. For an introduction, see PmWiki.BasicEditing. There's a box underneath the edit form that explains some of the most common markups and has links to more detailed help. There's also a toolbar at the top of the form. For example, to make some text bold, select the text and click on the second toolbar button (a fat A).


The default title for a page is its name. If you want to display a different title, just enter one in the "Title" field of the edit form.

Deleting pages

In order to delete a page, remove any title and description the page may have and replace the contents with the single word delete. The page will disappear from the wiki, but the file itself won't be removed and the admin can still restore it. More information...

Images and other attachments

The easiest way to upload a file or attach an image to a page is to write Attach:YourFileName.ext in the edit box of the page and follow the resulting link to upload the file. If it's an image (.jpg, .gif or .png) it'll automatically be displayed. Otherwise it'll be a link to the uploaded file. More information...


You can save a page as a draft. If you do so, the original page will remain unmodified until you save the draft. If a page has a previously saved draft, editing the page will open the draft copy. If you'd like to cancel your draft edits, just delete the draft page following the instructions above.

Creating a new page

The quickest way to create a new page is to log in, write the new page's URL in the browser's address bar and follow the Create... link on the page that follows.

Once the page is created, it'll automatically be added to the sitemap. If the page is a member of a group that's already on the sitemap, your page will appear as the last child of that node.

On the other hand, if it's a new group, it'll be added under the page Site.Uncategorized. In order to move it to its correct place, you'll need to edit the sitemap. Hence:

  1. Find your page; it'll be a row somewhere near the very bottom with the format
    *** [[Group/|+]] or *** [[Group/Name|+]]
  2. Cut that row of text
  3. Paste it where you want it to show up. You'll probably need to adjust the number of *'s at the beginning to match the page's depth in the navigation.

Here's a short explanation of what *** [[Group/Name|+]] means:

  • the number of *'s indicates the item's depth in the list
  • [[...]] means that it's a link
  • | means that the preceding text is the link target and the following is its title
  • + means that use the linked page's title should be used as the link title