What is a WikiWord?
A WikiWord consists of two or more words with initial capitals, run together. WikiWords are topic names.
A TWiki topic name always has a fixed format: two or more words with initial capitals, run together. Like the name of the current topic: WikiWord
. When you type the name of a topic, you create a link to that topic. You type
and on saving the page this becomes WebHome
. It's as easy as that.
When you type a WikiWord, you establish a hyperlink. It's as easy as that.
WikiWord linking is easy to use:
- You don't have to know the full path to where the topic is stored - you just type the name
- You don't need to write HTML
- Without HTML, the topic text is easier to read when editing
- Easy linking leads to interesting texts with links placed in context
WikiWords are styled like this because:
- It makes Wiki hyperlinks instantly recognizable
- It leads to interesting Wiki topics
- It avoids the need to fiddle with HTML tags
- It avoids over-general topics because at least two words are required
Syntax of a WikiWord
- Uppercase letter(s)
- Lowercase letter(s) or numbers(s)
- Uppercase letter(s)
- Optional lowercase or uppercase letter(s) or number(s)
Good examples of WikiWords
- AVeryLongWikiTopicNameIsAlsoPossible? : wherever an uppercase or lowercase letter is allowed, a group of letters of the same case is allowed
- Nine2Five? : Note that numbers are considered to be lowercase letters in WikiWords
Bad examples of WikiWords:
- Web: Name without the uppercase letter(s), lowercase letter(s), uppercase letter(s) sequence
- 5TWiki: Name beginning with a number
- Know-How: Name with dashes in between
Variations in linking
When you write the name of a topic, it becomes a link. There are more ways
- To write a custom link label, use bracket notation:
[[TWikiAccessControl][access control]] - this becomes: access control
- To link to a topic in another web, write:
Sandbox.WebSearch - this becomes: WebSearch
- To show the web name in the link use bracket notation:
[[Sandbox.WebHome]] - this becomes: Sandbox.WebHome
- To link to a topic on another Wiki site, use:
TWiki:Main/WebHome - this becomes: TWiki:Main/WebHome (sites are defined in the InterwikiPlugin)
- To link to a part on the same page, write a "#" followed by the name of an anchor. The anchor is a "#" followed by a name which must be a WikiName. Example
#MyAnchor. You can also link to an anchor on another page:
- To link to a header on the same page, write a "#" followed by the header text, with spaces replaced by underscores (and
[[#Good_examples_of_WikiWords]] becomes: #Good_examples_of_WikiWords. You can also link to a header on another page:
Admin.WebHome#Disclaimer becomes: WebHome#Disclaimer.
Related Topics: WikiSyntax
- Insert WikiWords wherever you can. Rich linking helps to make a Wiki successful.
- Be specific. All topics in a web share one name space. For example, instead of
BreadSlicerFunctionalSpec because other projects might also have a functional spec topic.
- To stop a WikiWord from being turned into a hyperlink, insert an exclamation point immediately before the WikiWord. For example, write
!SunOS to get SunOS.
- Create topics with singular names. Plural WikiWords are automatically linked to the singular topic, i.e. the link WikiWords links to the topic WikiWord (works only in English).
- Sometimes you have to be creative to find a good WikiName. Examples:
- To create a topic about the the Bread Slicer 1.2 product, use
BreadSlicer1pt2, but not
- Numbers are considered lowercase which makes
Y2K WikiWords but not
- Turn acronyms into WikiWords, i.e. take
FaqIndex for a "FAQ index" topic.
- It is possible to turn off the auto-linking of WikiWords and to rely only on the bracket notation. See NOAUTOLINK setting in TWikiPreferences#Default_Web_Preferences.
- When linking to a WebHome topic in another web, the link will be rendered as the name of the web, e.g.
Sandbox.WebHome becomes Sandbox.