Each page inside a WikiWikiWeb can be edited easily, and as writing a page should be very easy to accomplish, there are only a few rules, which are not as difficult to learn as the ones of the HyperTextMarkupLanguage.

Click on the EditThisPage?Link at the bottom of this page or all you read here won't make much sense to you.


  • separate paragraphs inside the text with empty lines
  • do not indent paragraphs
  • if you have spaces on the left of your text, it will be printed with a typewriter-like font
  • to indent text use ;: at the beginning of a line
  • Use three times % like here
    to start a new line

!! Headlines

  • use an exclamation mark ! at the beginning of a line to create a small headline, !! for medium and !!! for large headlines

Text style

  • if you want to emphasize text enclose it in two single-quotes '' (usually looks italic)
  • text gets bold with two underscores __ (or if enclosed with two asterisks **)
  • to make text big enclose it in hash characters ##
  • you can get smaller text using "" likewise


  • start a line with an asterisk * to begin a list
  • use # instead for numerated lists
    1. you can create sublists
    2. subsequent list points should start with the same mix of * and #


  • just enter a WikiWord inside your text to create a new HyperLink
  • enclose some words in square brackets? to create a HyperLink inside the WikiWikiWeb which is not made up of a valid WikiWord
  • any valid internet address (starting with http://) like http://www.example.com/ will be made clickable automatically
  • enclose a www address inside square brackets [freshmeat project page] and assign it a neat title using the | character
  • Alternatively you can enclose the title in quotes [freshmeat project page]. This is especially important within tables.
  • if you don't want a WikiWord or a http://www-address (or [anything] inside square brackets) to become a HyperLink then just prepend it with a exclamation mark, like: !NoHyperLink
  • To create a hyperlink to an image with some arbitrary linking text, you'll need to escape the image's URL with a '#' character so ErfurtWiki does not try to display it inline.
    • [a link to some image|http://example.com/something.png#]

Tables with |

just enclose things with the vertical bar character
to build a table structure
browsers usually leaves out the missing cells

You must close open table lines with | and also close them with the same. Blank lines must preceed and follow all tables.

a 2 cell table WikiPage


  • to include an image into a page enclose its absolute www-address in square brackets, like [http://www.example.com/pics/image.png]
  • alternatively you could use the ImageUploading function, see EditThisPage?

More markup

Please see the page about ExtendedWikiMarkup, if you'd like to know a bit more about available markup.

Try it

Go to the SandBox to see if you can wiki!