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You can format your text using wiki markup. Wiki markup consists of characters like asterisks (*), single quotes (') or brackets ([) which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in italic, you include it in two single quotes like ''this''

Wiki Markup Basics

Fanlore Cheatsheet

For more information on formatting, see Help:Formatting.

Description You type You get
Italicise text



Bold text



Bold and italic

'''''bold & italic'''''

bold & italic

Escape wiki markup <nowiki>no ''markup''</nowiki> no ''markup''
Indent text :Indent text     Indent text
Horizontal rule


Internal link
(within Fanlore)

[[Name of page]]
[[Name of page|Text to display]]

Name of page
Text to display

External link
(to other websites)

[ Text to display]

Text to display

Redirect to another page

#REDIRECT [[Target page]]

Redirect arrow without text.pngTarget page

Numbering is generated automatically.
To create a footnote or reference, use this format:

Article text.<ref name=test>[ Link text], additional text.</ref>

Article text.[1]
To reuse the same note, reuse the name with a trailing slash:

Article text.<ref name=test/>

To display notes, add these lines to the References section


  1. Link text, additional text.

A Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article.

== Level 1 ==
=== Level 2 ===
==== Level 3 ====
===== Level 4 =====
====== Level 5 ======

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4
Level 5
Bulleted Lists
Empty lines between list items discouraged (see numbered lists).

* One
* Two
** Two point one
* Three

  • One
  • Two
    • Two point one
  • Three
Numbered Lists
Empty lines between list items restarts numbering at 1.

# One
# Two
## Two point one
# Three

  1. One
  2. Two
    1. Two point one
  3. Three
Mixture of bulleted
and numbered lists

# one
# two
#* two point one
#* two point two

  1. one
  2. two
    • two point one
    • two point two
Definition list

:item 1
:item 2

item 1
item 2
Preformatted text

  preformatted text is done with
  a space at the
  beginning of the line

preformatted text is done with
a space at the 
beginning of the line
Thumbnail image

[[Image:Example.jpg|thumb|Caption text]]

Caption text
Categorizing a page


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Indenting Text

no indent (normal)
:first indent
::second indent
:::third indent

no indent (normal)

first indent
second indent
third indent


MediaWiki ignores normal line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can also start a new line with the HTML tags <br> or <br/>.

Indented Text and Long Quotations

There are several ways to indent text on the wiki:

  • Put a colon (:) in front of a paragraph.
  • Use the HTML tag <blockquote>.
  • Use the quotation template, which indents the text and puts a blue border around it.
  • Lists are also indented (like this one). Put * or # in front of each block of text you want to be a separate item in the list. Use * for a list with bullets (like this one). Use # for a numbered list.

Using columns

You can avoid whitespace to the right of lengthy, itemised lists using the template {{div col}} and {{div col end}} to format your list into columns. This makes pages easier to read and improves the flow of text. For example:

{{div col|colwidth=35em}}
*Programme A
*Programme B 
*Programme C 
*Programme D 
*Programme E 
*Programme F 
*Programme G 
*Programme H 
{{div col end}}


  • Programme A
  • Programme B
  • Programme C
  • Programme D
  • Programme E
  • Programme F
  • Programme G
  • Programme H

Similarly, you can force lengthy lists of references into columns using {{reflist}} instead of <references/>, for which no formatting options are available.


Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki. Examples: <code>, <div>, <span> and <font>.

Other Formatting

Beyond the text formatting markup shown above, here are some other formatting references: