It’s just like a normal web site. If you click on a highlighted link, you will usually open a new page (in the same tab of the same browser window, replacing the current page).
The web browser will show some information in a border in a slightly darker shade of green, outside the main content of the page. The information in the border will always be arranged in the same way, whichever page you are viewing. A list of the main sections of the wiki always appears, labelled “Other pages”, normally in a “side bar” on the left, which you can use to move quickly to another part of the wiki. The main content of the page appears in the large panel in a slightly lighter shade of green. A “Table of Contents” for a page may appear at the top right of the main panel when the page becomes complicated enough to warrant one.
Note that the layout of the pages is adjusted automatically when using small devices such as mobile phones and tablets with small screens. For example, if the screen is too narrow to show the side bar, it is removed and a link to open it appears near the top of the page. Similarly, the table of contents may be replaced by a link to it. If the text is too small for comfortable reading,
Ctrlkey down and pressing the plus (
+) key, several times if need be, or shrink it using the minus (
-) key, as commonly used with many other web sites.
There are several aids to finding your way around.
Like ordinary web pages, every page has a title, which appears at the top of the panel, and also in some web browsers in the title bar of the browser window. Our wiki pages also have a short name, which appears in the little tab at the top right-hand corner of the main panel, along with the short names of the “parent” pages in the hierarchy 1), which is effectively an abbreviation of the “You are here” page hierarchy. You do not really have to study this hierarchy in order to use the wiki.
The pages are arranged in hierarchically nested groups, so that each page has a “parent” page at the level above and “sibling” pages at the same level. This is similar to the hierarchical classification of plants. So you can imagine, and one day perhaps we will have
Some pages may not be visible unless you log on with an appropriate account. Most pages may be viewed and comments added to the Discussion by anyone. Some pages may require you to log in before you can edit them or create new pages 2)
Note that the “Last modified” time shown at the bottom of every page is the 24-hour time in UTC (GMT), not the local time where you are, and the date is shown in the international way (day/month/year).
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