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CAZypedia and WYSIWYG editing

The nature of the wiki format which forms the basis of CAZypedia does not lend itself very well to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing that most of us are used to. Unlike word processing software, where what you type is immediately formatted on the screen and later appears on the printed page, wiki editing is a bit more like making a web page. In the latter case, text is typed in an unformatted form, which is later formatted on the fly according to specific formatting "tags" embedded in the text itself.

The reasons wikis, and thus CAZYpedia, use this less user-friendly way are mainly technical, having to do with using a web browser as an input tool and a remote web server as the data storage device. People who are used to "mark-up" computer languages (like HTML) will have little trouble getting used to the wiki way of formatting text. To ease the pain for everyone else, CAZypedia is implementing an almost WYSIWYG editor called wikEd. wikEd was develped to make life easier for Wikipedia contributors, and since CAZypedia runs the same wiki software (MediaWiki), we can benefit from wikEd, too.

Using wikEd on CAZypedia

wikEd is a javascript program that runs by default on all CAZypedia user accounts. Therefore, there's nothing to install or configure. All you need is a Mozilla browser (Firefox 1.5 or higher, Mozilla 1.3 or higher, or SeaMonkey) - Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera Browser currently don't work - with javascript enabled.

MediaWiki syntax

MediaWiki is the engine that drives CAZypedia, rendering all of the ugly data into the nice-looking format that your web browser presents. These links provide an overview of the basic "markup" (formatting rules) that CAZypedia uses:

wikEd

wikEd can be used to add most of the markup listed on the pages above, and therefore greatly simplifies making and editing CAZypedia pages. Some current features include:


Wikicode syntax highlighting Pasting, import, and conversion of formatted text, e.g. from Microsoft-Word and web pages Regular expression search and replace Edit preview and show changes on the same page without reloading Fullscreen editing mode Single-click fixing of common mistakes History for summary, search, and replace fields Jump to selected heading Type-ahead find Support for many languages Improved diff display