Recycled WikiContent

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Many instructional documents must repeatedly present subsets of instructions. Synchronizing all the instances of that subset repeated throughout the wiki is a poor use of energy.

These subsections can be named as separate templates and then simply included (by name) in the Wiki pages. The MediaWiki system will look up and embed the expanded subsection into the page.

By editing the template, all the pages using that template will be updated instantly. This is the handled much like re-using image files on web pages.

However, too many templates create a filing mess. An alternative to ripping out a potentially re-useable chunk of text occurs when the original document has only a single re-useable subsection. In that case, you can mark off the desirable subsection and use the original page like a template.

The following subsection under the divider bar is a Transclusion (transcribed inclusion) from the Gramps 5.1 Wiki Manual - Preface page. (The <onlyinclude>...</onlyinclude> tags were added the original page around the re-useable subsection.

It remains 'transcluded' with a single line:


But all that same content could just as easily been duplicated (like a a 'copy&paste') with the line:


In this book, some words are marked with special typography:

  • Internal links (aka: hotlinks, hyperlinks) mark terminology or procedures that are explained more completely elsewhere (on the same webpage or on another webpage) internally within the Gramps-Project wiki.
  • External links mark terminology that is not specific to Gramps where well-defined explanations can be found on a website external to the Gramps-Project wiki.
  • Applications
  • Commands you type at the command line
  • Filenames or Filenames
  • Replaceable text
  • Labels for buttons and other portions of the graphical interface. A trailing ▴ and ▾ in a column header indicates the sort order for table column. ◂ more headers or tabs ▸
  • Hint text for hover or roll-over hints (aka Tooltips) that identify elements of the graphical interface
  • Menu selections look like this: Menu -> Submenu -> Menu Item (Spaces should enclose the -> to make webpage auto-translation recognize menu words.) Gramplet pop-up menus are marked with a (Down Arrowhead button).
  • Buttons you can click
  • Disclosure triangle node expand or collapse disclosure triangular widget. All the nodes of the tree view mode can be simultaneously collapsed or expanded from the pop-up menu shown by right-clicking.
  • Anything you type in
  • Checked - Checkbox that is ☑ selected
  • Unchecked - Checkbox that is ❏ unselected
  • RadioButton Selected.png - Radio button that is ◉ selected
  • RadioButton Deselected.png - Radio button that is 🔘 deselected

The manual also provides assorted bits of additional information in tips and notes as follows:

Example Tip

Tips and bits of extra information will look like this.

Example Note

Notes will look like this.

Finally, there are warnings, notifying you where you should be careful:

Example Warning

This is what a warning looks like. If there's a chance you'll run into trouble, you will be warned beforehand.