Instructions for Creating or Editing Pages
To make the pages consistent, and protocols easy to follow, please follow these guidelines:
- Structure the protocol in the order you would follow in the lab.
- Number steps sequentially (1,2,3,4...); is there are sub-steps, clearly mark them using letters (a,b,c) or bullets
- If a protocol branches, use a horizontal line to separate branches, and provide links to each branch/reunion.
- If there are hints or tricks, enter them in the line below the relevant step, using the box-formatted text (under format entry). For example:
Hint: The hint formatting can be found after Heading 6 in the format box
- For larger protocols split into sections using header 4 as a label; this will auto-generate a legend to the major sections within the protocol. Sub-sub sections can be labeled with header 5, and so forth.
- Recipes for any buffers not listed on the common buffers page must be listed at the end of the protocol, in a sub-section with the header "recipes".
- Please spell-check the page (copy into word, etc) before posting.
- If the protocol is based on a paper or other source, provide the reference to the original material
- Please use the below outline as a general formatting guide:
- Title in "Heading 1" format, with a horizontal line below it
- Brief preamble, describing purpose of protocol
- Main body of method
- Divided into sub-sections if required
Note: Re-numbering of lines and multi-indent does not always work using the built-in rich text editor. If you are having issues, edit the raw text as follows:
- multi-indent = * (single indent) ** (double-indent) *** (triple indent)
- re-number line = #<li value="x">Item </li>, where x = number to re-start at. This only needs to be done on the first item in a re-numbered list.
For a full guide on the markup language, see this page.
A plugin for word is available that will allow word-formatted documents to be saved as a text (.txt) file containing wikimedia markup language. Simply install the plugin, prepare the file in word, export (file -> saveas -> Mediawiki (*.txt). Open the .txt file, and copy the text into the wiki editor, while in wiki marpkup mode.