VisiHow:Editing-Basics

You don't need a degree in computer sciences to create and edit articles on VisiHow. At VisiHow we want information to be accessible to everyone, from any place and with any background.

Our writers and contributors all come from different backgrounds too, which helps us to share How To articles ranging from baking a cake to implementing your own gaming server. Whether you are creating a new article or improving an existing one, these basic editing tips and tricks will have you creating professional, easy to read VisiHow in no time at all.

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Adding Headings to Your VisiHow

To make articles easy to read and follow, you should break your instructions up into sections. There are two types of headings you should use to make your articles stand out.

  • Major Headings. Major headings are made by adding two '=' signs around the text you want to make into a heading. The format for a major heading is:
    ==This Is A Major Heading==.
  • Minor Headings.
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    Minor headings can be used instead of numbering, or to further break up a long section of text, especially if the instructions are more essay-like than quick steps. Create a minor heading by adding three '=' signs around the text; for example: ===This Is A Minor Heading===.

Numbering Your Steps

For quick, to the point and uncomplicated instructions, numbering your steps is the best option.

  • To number your steps. Add the '#' sign directly before the text that you want to be numbered. In the editor, it will look like this: #This is my first step.
  • For subsequent numbers. Insert another '#' sign on the next direct line (with no line breaks). If there is an empty line between any of the '#' signs, the numbering sequence will be broken.
    • You can add sub-steps to any step.
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      To do this, directly insert double'##' signs in front of the text you want to enter below the main step. For example: ##This is a secondary step.

Adding Bullet Points To Your Article

At times, it's useful to add bullet points to your article when you are making points that you want to stand out, but that aren't necessarily steps in a sequence. The Tips, Tricks and Warnings section is a good example of where you could use bullet points.

To add bullet points, insert a '*' symbol directly in front of your text. Bullet points aren't sequential.
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Therefore, it's possible to have spaces between them, but they make the best impression as an unbroken group.
  • Bullet points look best when unbroken.
  • They can be useful for listing requirements, ingredients or tips and tricks.
  • Bullet points won't add any additional formatting to your text.

Formatting Your Font

Sometimes to emphasize a word or sentence, or to make a word easily noticed by the reader (like a command or a setting), you will need to format your font. You can put words in bold, italics or combine the two.
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  • Bold. To make your font bold, format the font like this: '''bold'''
  • Italics. To italicize your font, follow this formatting: ''italics''
  • Bold and Italic. To combine the two you can add extra apostrophes to format it like the following: '''''bold+italics'''''

Adding Links To Your Article

Sometimes you need to add links to your article for internal or external sites. Adding links is easy and can be done with some quick wiki code.

  • Internal Wiki Links. Sometimes you might want to link off to another of our articles that has some relation to what you're currently writing about. This article could be linked to Categorize a VisiHow Article simply by adding this code [[Categorize a VisiHow Article]].

All you need to do is put the page title in double square brackets as shown. Make sure you take note of the capitalization, which should match the target page and don't add the "How To" part.

  • External Links With Alternate Text. At times you will need to link to an external source. This should never be another wiki type article, but can be something that adds value to the reader. For example, if you are writing about surfboards, you may want to link to a product page for a beginners surfboard that you are recommending. To make the external links more appealing to the reader, you should use an alternate text. As an example, you could link to gmail when writing an article about Google mail.
    • To create the link with alternate text. Put your link in single square brackets, followed by a space, and then the text that you want the reader to see. Here's what was used for the Gmail link [http://www.gmail.com gmail].
    • Make sure that you have the full URL for the page you want to link to, including the http:// part or else the external link won't work.

Adding Images to Your Article

Every article needs a good image to help grab the attention of the reader. On VisiHow, the image adding app not only allows you to upload your own images (make sure it's yours or that you have permission to use it), but it also lets you choose from freely available and pre-licensed images from Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Uploading Your Images.
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    To upload an image click on the "Image" button from the editor, and then click on "Choose File". You can now choose the image file from your computer and upload it to VisiHow.
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    You will need to specify the type of license you have for the image. Some images can be used under fair use like company logos and product advertisements, but other images on the internet can be subject to copyright, so make sure you have permission or fair grounds to use the image before uploading it. If you're ever unsure, check with an admin before uploading the image.
  2. Once an image is uploaded, you can choose the size and it's orientation, and then you will be given a wiki code for the image, as well as having that code automatically added in to your article.
  3. Generally, images should be aligned to the right to fit in nicely with your text. If the article will only have one or two landscape orientated images, it's OK to center these. The idea is to maintain an eye catching article that has substance to match the images.

Aligning and Re-sizing Your Images With the Wiki Text

Once the image is uploaded and the wiki text is in your article, you can realign or re-size the image from the editing window. You can experiment with alignment and sizes, then preview your changes before settling on the final image layout.
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  • [[Image:Editing and proofreading.jpg|right|180px]] - This text will align the image to the right with a base size of 180 pixels.
  • [[Image:Editing and proofreading.jpg|center|240px]] - This text will align the image to the center with a base size of 240 pixels.
  • [[Image:Editing and proofreading.jpg|left|300px]] - This text will align the image to the left with a base size of 300 pixels.

Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Be sure to use the "Preview" button when editing your pages, and proof check what you have done before publishing. Not only will this help reduce further edits needed, but it's also a good way to learn your way around VisiHow editing though trial and error.
  • If you're ever not sure about an image, a process, or even if you think there's functionality that we are missing or have not covered in this article, please talk to an admin. They're always willing to help and appreciate good feedback that makes the site grow into something even better.

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