How Wikinut sections work

Chief Nut By Chief Nut, 4th Dec 2009 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Using Wikinut>Using The Editor

Sections are a simple way to help you structure your writing, and also to add automatic tables of content to your pages. Read on to find out more.

How sections work

When writing your page it's a good idea to have a quick think about the topics/areas your page covers. Then rather than your readers being faced with one continuous stream of paragraphs, you can break up your page into section each with its own title.

This means your pages are easier to read, and hopefully easier for you to write and edit. It also means you can add multiple images to a single article - you can only attach a single image per section, so multiple sections mean you can add multiple images. Read our guide to uploading images for more info.

And remember that you can use the Preview option to see how each section looks as you are using the editor.

Editing, adding and deleting sections

When you start writing a new page, the system wil automatically create one section. You can then write a title and content for this section, and add an image and any formatting.

To add another section, you'll see there are Add new section links below both the page summary and the section block. If you want to create another section below the existing section, click the Add new section link below that section. Conversely, to add a section immediately below the summary - that is, above the existing section - click the link below the summary block.

Basically, anytime you click on a Add new section link a new section will be created directly after that link. Don't worry if you add a section in the wrong place - you can just use the Delete this section link to remove a specific section.

Opening, closing and discarding sections

If you have a lot of sections on your page and are using the editor, you may want to use the Close this section option to shrink one down. This will retain all the content in the section, but will hide everything apart from the title in the editor.

It's an easy way of seeing all your sections in order. The Open this section link then allows you to see the content once again. Remember that when you publish your page the content in all sections will be visible to readers, regardless of whether they are open or closed.

Finally, the Discard changes option allows you to revert a section back to the last saved version. This is handy if you realise the changes you've made just aren't as good as the previous version you wrote.

Tables of content

You may have noticed that on some pages - including this one - there is a bullet pointed list towards the top of the page, with links to each of the sections on the page. These are automatically generated for any page that has 3 or more sections.

The links will then take users directly down to the relevant section; this means if you want to link to a specific section of a Wikinut page, you can copy the URL in your address bar after you've clicked on a table of contents link.

So for example, if you click on the link for this section you'll notice your browser address bar changes to:

You can then use this URL to post on a blog or other website to link directly to this section.


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