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How to Add Content and Edit

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How to Add Content and Edit


Getting Started


Does your topic or listing already exist?


Use the search button in the right hand corner to search for your name or subject area.


Make a new page


Use the "New Page" button in the SideBar to add a page. Or follow the instructions below to situate your work in the collection:


First, add your new topic in square brackets in the appropriate subject or name location. See Browse by Subject, Browse by People, Browse by Island, Artists (Open Gallery) or Browse Journals. Do try to fit your topic into the existing subject areas first, but feel free to add a new subject area if you need to. Save this page.


On the saved "Browse by" page, find your entry and click on it. This will take you into a new window titled "editing (whatever name you entered)". Start your entry with an exclamation mark and title to produce a headline. Then in a new paragraph, tell us all about the subject - or yourself, your community group, your research, your artwork, your ideas and your practice. Remember to save your work!


Edit existing pages



Press the “Edit Page” tab in the lower left-hand corner of each page. Sign in, using your own name and the wiki-wide password “transform.”


You can copy documents or paragraphs from your word processing program and paste them into the editable page. Or you can type directly into the page. To test the process, you can try try editing in the SandBox.


Basic text formatting


Create headlines with exclamation marks


!This is one exclamation mark


This is one exclamation mark


!!This is two exclamation marks


This is two exclamation marks


!!!This is three exclamation marks


This is three exclamation marks


Bold, Italics, Underline, Center


To make something bold, put 2 * (asterisk) before and after it: **word** produces word.


To make something italicized, put 2 ' (apostrophes) before and after it: ''word'' produces word.


By using 2 _ (underscore) before and after, text can be __underlined__: __word__ produces __word__.


Use the codes <center> and </center> to center text (must use American spelling). Typing <center> Center this! </center> produces:


Center this!


Create a list


* start every line with an asterisk and a space ** more stars (plus a space) mean deeper levels *** add another sub-section



  • start every line with an asterisk and a space
    • more stars (plus a space) mean deeper levels
      • add another sub-section


# For numbered lists, start every line with a number sign and a space ## more number signs (plus a space) mean deeper levels ### add another sub-section


  1. For numbered lists, start every line with a number sign and a space
    1. more number signs (plus a space) mean deeper levels
      1. add another sub-section



Put something in a box


To put something in a box just put a space in front of the line:


You are invited to visit my website at www.queermap.com



To put more things in the box put a space in front of a series of lines:


You are invited to visit my website at www.queermap.com

You might find it fun.

I have two books on the site that explore the meaning of homophobic stereotypes:



Add Links!


Links are what make this space inviting and exciting to explore.


You can just type or paste in URLs like www.islandsinstitute.com to automatically create a live link.


Email addresses also automatically create live links.


To create another page in the Library, or link to an existing page, just put square brackets around a word. Brackets will force the word to become a link. For example [Diana Thompson] automatically becomes Diana Thompson. [Salt Spring Island] becomes Salt Spring Island.


You can beautify links by using brackets and |, like [http://www.islandsinstitute.com/|Islands Institute] to get Islands Institute


A special "top" link (to return a user to the top of the page) can be made with <top>.


A "Table of Contents" with links to all your headlines can be created at the top of any page by inserting <toc>.


Add Pictures


It's easy to insert pictures, and they add so much to our enjoyment of this site.


Just add the link to the picture inside square brackets! For example,




If your image is already on the web, navigate to it, right click on it, and go to “Properties.” This will show you the image’s web address. Copy the address and paste it into square brackets when editing your gallery page. (You may have to use the keys “Control/C” to copy and “Control/V” to paste, or carefully copy down the address and retype it.)


If your image is not yet on the web, post it in a Flickr Gallery (see “Café and Forums Help,” at www.islandsinstitute.com/helpfs.htm.)This is free, and it also allows you to participate in Islands Institute forums.


Linked Pictures


Here is the code for creating a picture that links to an external site:


<a href="/url-link-address" target="blank"><img src="url-of-image"</a> therefore: <raw><a href="http://www.islandsinstitute.com" target="blank"><img src="http://www.islandsinstitute.com/II-601/II601-images/ArtSuvival-web.jpg"</a>






Upload Files


and provide a description of the uploaded file on a new page, with a link.


Go to the page: http://islandsinstitute.pbwiki.com/upload.php and follow directions to upload files from your computer to the library.


We welcome your uploaded files into the library collection. Uploading is especially suitable for reports, articles and images that are not available elsewhere on the Internet. Please use common sense. Optimize your images and don't upload files that are too large to store or download. For information on managing image size and resolution, see: Managing Image Files.


Uploaded files can be linked to in the same way as everything else--you'll just need the file's location (URL). You can find a list of all the uploaded files in the Library under the "Upload Files" directions. Right-click on a file link to copy its URL.


Use wiki Characters Normally


Wiki software automatically forces a word in CamelCase (word including upper and lowercase) into becoming a link, whether you want it to or not. To prevent a word from becoming a link, put ~ in front of the word. For example, McDonald is a link, but McDonald is not because the second instance is proceeded by ~.



The tag <raw> can be used to prevent this software from interpreting special characters like ** before and after a word, which normally would make the word bold.



works like an HTML tag in that there is both an opening tag and a closing tag, the opening before the text and the closing after the text:

<raw>**words that aren't bolded**</raw>




Special Pages


  • RecentChanges shows you all of the recent changes made to the site.


  • AllPages lists all of the pages in the wiki. Choosing "except revisions" at the top of AllPages reveals the earlier versions of the pages as well. AllPages is also the place to go if you would like to delete pages or revisions.



    In general, the Islands Institute opposes the notion of “Intellectual Property.” We believe all cultural work should be freely available for discussion and contemplation in non-profit, educational contexts, so long as that work is correctly attributed. For web resources, include a link back to the author. (See library article on “Claiming the Commons” for more information on this.)

    The intent of the Islands Institute co-created library is to make work freely available for non-commercial purposes. Rather than copyright, the Islands Institute Library operates under the principle known as “copyleft.” That is to say, Islands Institute Library content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors of the Islands Institute article by inserting a direct link back to the article. Islands Institute articles will remain free forever and can be used by anybody. This is the standard for wikis.


    A different standard applies to uploaded documents. Documents and images under copyright restrictions can be uploaded to the Islands Institute Library only with the copyright owner's permission. Uploaded works are not editable.


    We consider that any images can be inserted into articles via a link to the original image site. Include attribution to the image’s original creator!


    As articles in the Island Institute Library are used only for non-commercial, educational purposes, these standards are covered by the "Fair Use" provisions of the copyright act.


    Should any copyright owner object to the use of their image or citation of their thoughts, they can simply delete the material from the site (or ask to have it removed by contacting the librarian).


    More information on Style


    See these links for more information on formatting and style:







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