Editing iQpedia Articles

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The Basics of Editing iQpedia Pages

The pages in the iQpedia are editable. You can add, change, and omit information. However, you must be logged in to edit an article.

Select the article you want to edit. Above all articles, you will see three small tabs: View page | Edit page | Page history.

Click the “Edit page” tab. This will take you from the page view to the page editor. A toolbar will appear that is like an editing toolbar in a word processor like Word. From the toolbar, you can bold, italicize, and underline text. You can also add external links to websites, tables, and symbols.

Organize with Headings (This is a Main Heading)

Above is a main heading that signals the reader to the main idea of the section. This paragraph is written as “normal” text. To format the text as a heading, highlight the heading’s title with your cursor. Then, use the “Format” drop-down menu above. Select the heading level (e.g., Main Heading). Avoid manually making big text in headings by simply adjusting the font. That way, if we change the style of main headings, they will all automatically change and look uniform. 

Break sections up into smaller sections (This is a subheading)

Above is a subheading. You can look at other pages to get a feel for this. But don’t worry about perfect formatting. Remember, the whole point of this is that other people will edit what you’ve written.

Linking

External Links

The purpose of external links is to connect to websites outside of dailycues. Generally, external links should be organized into their own section at the bottom of relevant articles. To create a link:

  1. Type your text: Contact the National Cued Speech Association for more information.
  2. Highlight the portion of the text that will serve as the hyperlink. 
  3. Click on the link button above (i.e., the globe with the chain links)
  4. Enter the url. Note that the “http://” is already included. The protocol can be changed.
  5. Under the “Link Type” be sure that “URL” is selected.
  6. Once saved, the link will be estalished: Contact the National Cued Speech Association for more information.

Internal Links

Internal links connect the articles we write in the iQpedia. To make an internal link you can just add double brackets [[ around a term. For example, in an article about Dr. Cornett, you might write something like this:

          Dr. R. Orin Cornett developed [[Cued Speech]] in 1966. 

The above link has been specially formatted so you can see the double brackets. Normally, once the article is saved, the llnk will be shown as underlined text (like this Cued Speech) and the brackets will not appear in the normal page view. The term Cued Speech will now link to an article called “Cued Speech.” If the article already exists, the link will go right to it. If the article hasn’t been written yet, the link will create an invitation to write that article.

Sometimes you may want to link to an article but the term is a little different. For example, if you have the sentence:

          There are more than 40 phonemes in the English language.

If you want to create a link to the definition, phoneme, you cannot simply put brackets around the word “phonemes” because the words are different. To do so, would create a new article called phonemes not a link to the article, phoneme. Instead, type:

          There are more than 40 phonemes]] in the English language.

In the above link, the first word is the name of the article that will get linked to, the bar separates the terms, and the second term is the text shows up in the sentence. It will appear like this:

          There are more than 40 phonemes in the English language.

When the reader clicks on “phonemes”, it will take them to an article called “phoneme”

This may seem complicated at first, but it’s similar to how wikipedia works. You’ll find that it easy to create new articles and that articles quickly get expanded to include new topics. As you read articles, you might simply see a number of terms that should be unique articls. By adding double brackets around the terms, you increase the likelihood that other users will write those articles.

Edit Summary

Consider writing a short statement to explain the changes you make to the article. This will help future users to recognize the thought that went into your edit and the evolution of the drafts. Your comments will appear in the Page history for the page.

Saving Your Work

When you are all done, you must click SUBMIT. This will save your work and return you to the Page View. If not, your work will be lost.