How to gain editing rights to this WIKI

  1. Join wikispaces by clicking the “join” in the upper right corner of the homepage screen.
  2. Create a user name and password.
  3. Once you have created an account, you can request editing privileges by clicking “join this wiki” in the side-bar menu on the right side of this page. (Note: you do not need to create your own WIKI)
  4. An administrator will approve your request, you should receive an email at the address you used for registration, and you can then begin editing.
  5. The Materials Management WIKI page will appear under your “favorite wikis” when you log in to your wikispaces account.

How to edit the WIKI once you have editorial privileges

  1. You can edit any of the page content by simply accessing the page you want to work on and clicking the gray “edit” box in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. You can compare revisions made by previous editors by using the “compare” function.
  3. You can also leave specific discussion/comments in response to recent edits or to suggest edits without actually altering the site content (we highly recommend using this feature if you are unsure about any edits you are making). To contribute to a discussion without actually making edits, click on “Discussion” in the upper left menu and then post a message.

Editing Protocol

  1. Wikispaces tracks changes made by all users and allows for comparison of edits.
  2. However, substantial changes to wiki content are best approached using the “Discussion” feature.
  3. We encourage editors to use the edit function freely when doing any of the following:
    • Making any factual corrections
    • Filling in blank areas
    • Adding or supplementing existing content
    • Improving readability
    • Correcting grammar and spelling errors
  4. If you would like to change previously added content, or if you feel existing content should be deleted, please state your reasons using the “Discussion” feature before making the edits.
  5. Finally, the conditions accompanying financial support for the development of this WIKI require us to limit editing privileges to representatives of government organizations only. While we welcome the perspective of non-government participants, we must require that such persons obtain partnership with a government member who can obtain editing privileges and submit edits/comments on behalf of the non-governmental participant.

Undo Edits

To undo any edits you have made, click on "History" near the top of the page. You can click on the date/time of an edit to view previous versions of the page; from here you can revert to an older version of the page. Also from the history page, you can choose two different versions of the page to compare differences.

Advanced Editing

After discussing changes within the working groups and using the "Discussion" feature, Wiki editors may want to add more than just text to pages, or add additional pages. For most of the following processes, you could edit in the Visual Editor or the WikiText Editor. The directions below will be for using the WikiText Editor. To access the WikiText Editor:
  1. Click on the Edit tab in the upper right of the page you want to edit.
  2. The Editor bar will pop up at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the box with the triangle next to the Save button on the Editor bar.
  4. In the dropdown menu, select WikiText Editor.
  5. For more information and help using WikiText and Wikispaces in general, go to Wikispaces WikiText Help or Wikispaces Help Index.

Adding Links

There are two ways to add a link within the WikiText Editor:
  1. Decide to which page or external source you would like to link.
  2. Type [[PageName]] or [[URL]] in the location on the page where you would like the link to appear.
  3. If you would like the text displayed to be different than the actual link, type [[PageName|TextYouWantDisplayed]].

Alternatively
  1. Click on the Link button in the Editor bar.
  2. In the pop-up form, enter the page name or the external URL you would like to link to.
  3. The new link will often place itself at the very top left of the page, if so, you can copy and paste the link to the correct location.

Adding Headings

Making text into a heading format will automatically bold the text and change its size dependent on the heading level you choose. Heading 1 is the largest and highest level, going down to heading 6. Using headings can help to organize a page and will additionally add your heading text into a Table of Contents if one is located on the page you are editing. To format text as one of the six heading levels within the WikiText Editor:
  1. Locate or type the text you would like to make into a heading.
  2. Type the same number of equal signs as the heading level you would like both before and after the text (for example, =Some Heading 1 Text=, ==Different Heading 2 Text==, etc.).

Adding Line Breaks

  1. Type ---- on a separate line between the two areas you would like to separate.
  2. It will display like the line below.

Adding New Pages

Adding a new page is simple - just click on New Page in the upper left of any screen - but when doing so, please follow these protocols for this Wiki:

  • Never name a new page the same as another page.
    • To check the names of the current pages, click on Manage Wiki in the upper left of your screen.
    • Click on Pages.
    • This should take you to an alphabetical list of all current pages on this Wiki.
    • Check to make sure that the title of your intended page is not already used.
  • Use a template when making a new page.
    • After checking the uniqueness of your new page name and clicking on New Page, type in the name for the page.
    • In the dropdown menu for templates, select the applicable template.
    • The General Page Template will supply a page with headings and lines which can be edited as needed and a Table of Contents.
  • When adding Inventory Cases, Inventory Tools, CAP Cases, or CAP Tools, check to see which number to use for your page name.
    • Go to Greenhouse Gas Inventories or Climate Action Plans to see what the next sequential number is for a page title.
    • Some unpopulated pages have already been made for all four of these types of Cases and Tools.
    • If there are still unpopulated pages, use the next sequential page that does not already have a title.
    • If all of the unpopulated pages have been used, make a new page using the applicable template.
    • Add a link to the list of Cases or Tools on the applicable page using the directions for adding links above.