Wiki Design Studio - Part Two
by Kevin Matthews and David Owen
In the first episode of Design Studio Wiki, we went step by step through creating a functional design studio home page in the Archiplanet wiki.
In this article, we'll step through how to build from the design studio home page itself to a full set of design studio course and projects support pages.
In the first part of this tutorial, we looked at the pre-made set of studio pages for the example design studio, A Small Town Public Library for the Twenty First Century.
To create a new design studio wiki area along similar likes, we first created a studio home page, using the "Design Studio Info" template provided at Archiplanet.
Then we added some more information to that page, links to sub-pages, a course description, and some page sections and heading for clarity:
Then we followed the Program link from the studio home page, and added text to that particular sub-page:
Add Another Studio Supporting Page
The essential process for creating and filling in any of the other supporting pages follows the same pattern we used last time to create the Progam page:
Go to the main studio page.
Click in the link bar on the link to the page you want to create and work on.
The first time you go to the page, click the "create this page" link to start editing. Otherwise, on an existing page, use the "edit" tab to start editing.
Enter the text for that page, including appropriate section headings, etc.
Click the "Save Page" to store your edits, and view the updated page.
Repeat this basic process to create and populate each of the supporting pages you've listed in the master link bar on your main studio page.
In the first part of this tutorial, we already added the Program page. Let's work our way across the link bar to the right, creating each page in the example set, in turn.
Recall, by the way, the full set of example design studio pages used for this tutorial is available online here for reference:
In fact, the rest of this tutorial simply builds on these elments, creating new pages and adding text and graphics to them using the simple "wikitext" system.
Wiki-editing doesn't need to be a linear process. Its great flexibility and forgivingness are among its outstanding virtues. You can jump ahead and/or strike out on your own at any any time.
If that's the way you like to work, and for almost anyone, sooner or later, there are of course succinct references online. These are two of the best, useful to bookmark, save to your local disk as a handy PDF, or even print out at some point for reference:
How to edit pages at Wikipedia
Wikitext examples at MediaWiki
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