Help:Editing 101/Wikitext

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Wikitext is the markup language that most wiki software on the web uses to render its output into the html seen on your screen when reading any given page of a wiki. Fandom uses their own version of the most common wikitext markup language called Mediawiki markup, first developed for use on English-language Wikipedia. This article will cover the two editing interfaces used on fandom as well as common examples of how wikitext markup is used on the Blaseball wiki.


The Fandom instance of Mediawiki software has two[1] different editors that an editor will encounter when editing the Blaseball wiki: Visual Editor and Source Editor. While both convert MediaWiki markup to html for output, the Visual Editor is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and the Source Editor is more like a code editor.

Visual Editor

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Jaylen Hotdogfingers' page in visual editor

The Visual Editor functions most like a word processor program such as Microsoft Word. At the top left of the editing page, there is a toolbar element that allows the editor to select page styles such as paragraph, heading, block quote, or pre-formatted code blocks. These functions are also available using the Ctrl key + the numbers 0-9. Next to the style dropdown is a section for text formatting. The primary options are bold, italic, and underline, while the fourth element gives you access to less commonly used text styles like strikethrough, superscript, subscript, and text sizing options. Following the text options are the options for bullet points, numbering, and text justification. The open book element allows the user to add references.[2] The fifth section of the toolbar contains buttons for adding hyperlinks and images. The button with the up arrow will take the user to an upload screen to upload images currently not on the wiki. Finally, the insert dropdown menu contains a number of options to add a template to the article. The remainder of the toolbar contains buttons for undo and redo, as well as a warning panel, an advanced settings menu (the gear), and a hamburger menu for pages in the Special namespace that are available to all users. Templates, advanced settings, and Special pages will have their own article in this Editing 101 series, as they are the most complicated elements for users to utilize correctly.

Under the hood, the Visual Editor takes what you are trying to process and renders it as MediaWiki markup, which is then read by the renderer to produce the HTML that is eventually output.

Source Editor

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Jaylen Hotdogfingers' page in source editor

The source editor functions like a simplified code editor. It allows users to write directly in Mediawiki markup format and is recommended for maintenance tasks and advanced tasks that require precise markup, such as infobox and navigation templates. Additionally, some users who are used to writing in markup languages prefer the source editor's interface. The source editor also has a toolbar for text markup options (bold, italic, underline, and advanced options) as well as the link, image, gallery (a special container for images), upload, references, and character map (for characters outside the English alphabet). The source editor makes use of syntax highlighting to delineate regular text from text that has been marked up for processing.

Wikitext for Blaseball

Wikitext generally uses a combination of its own syntax and traditional HTML elements when marking up an article. This Fandom Help article contains a fairly exhaustive list of MediaWiki markup elements used on the Fandom platform. Listed below are the most common elements editors of the Blaseball wiki will encounter. Additional tables for tables, advanced templates, and advanced image use are listed in Editing 101 articles on those topics.

Text Markup
Element Wikitext Markup text
Bold '''Bold''' Bold
Italic ''Italic'' Italic
Bold and Italic '''''Bold and Italic''''' Bold and Italic
Underline <u>Underline</u> Underline
Strikethrough <s>Strikethrough</s> Strikethrough
Subscript Sub<sub>script</sub> Subscript
Superscript Super<sup>script</sup> Superscript
Comments <!-- This is a comment. --> You have to open the editor to see this.
Line rule ---- As Above

So Below

Footnotes This is a reference<ref>reference.</ref> This is a reference[3]
References footer <references /> See the references footer.
Multi-line quotes <blockquote>Multi-line quote<br />with nice formatting!</blockquote>

Multi-line quote
with nice formatting!

Preformatted text (looks like notepad) <pre>This looks like notepad.</pre>
This looks like notepad.
Code blocks (does almost the same thing as pre) <code>def code()</code> def code()
Preformatted wiki text (used for escaping) <nowiki><pre>This looks like notepad.</pre></nowiki> <pre>This looks like notepad.</pre>

Indents and Lists (must be used at the beginning of a line)
Element Wikitext Markup Text
Section Headings[4] == Level 2 ==
=== Level 3 ===
==== Etc. ====
Level 2
Level 3
Paragraph indents :One indent
::Two indents
One indent
Two indents
Bulleted List *Level One
**Level Two
  • Level One
    • Level Two
      • Etc.
Numbered list #Number One
#Number Two
##Number Two, Sub-number 1
# Etc.
  1. Number One
  2. Number Two
    1. Number Two, Sub-number One
  3. Etc.
Numbered and Bulleted List #Number 1
#*Number 1, Point a
#*: Indented Number One, Point a
  1. Number 1
    • Number 1, Point a
      Indented Number 1, Point a
Bulleted and Numbered List *Point A
*#Point A, Number 1
*#: Indented Point A, Number 1
  • Point A
    1. Point A, Number 1
      Indented Point A, Number 1
Element Wikitext Markup Text
Links within Blaseball wiki [[Incineration]] Incineration
Link to add a page to a category [[Category:Editing 101]] This does not output text.
Link to see pages in a category [[:Category:Editing 101]] Category:Editing 101
Links with custom text [[Jaylen Hotdogfingers|Hotdogfingers]] Hotdogfingers
Interwiki Links[5] [[w:c:sonic:Spin Attack]]
[[Wikipedia:Syntax highlighting]]
w:c:sonic:Spin Attack
Wikipedia:Syntax highlighting
Files [[File:hdf_source.png]] This actually outputs the file. Truncated here for table viewability.
External links []
[ Blaseball]
Calling templates Hotdogfingers was a {{Star Rating|4}} star pitcher. Hotdogfingers was a star pitcher.

  1. Actually three, but this wiki was created after the deprecation of the third. One can see the third editor when editing older Fandom wikis.
  2. Such as this one.
  3. reference.
  4. Do not use Level 1. It is the article title.
  5. Interwiki prefixes can be found at w:Help:Interwiki_link.