- Do not indent paragraphs
- Words wrap and fill as needed
- Use blank lines as separators
- Four or more hyphens at the beginning of a line make a horizontal rule
- tab asterisk -- for first level
- tab tab asterisk for second level, etc.
- Use * for bullet lists, 1. for numbered lists (mix at will) - always use 1., it will be renumbered automagically.
- tab term colon tab Definition for definition lists, for example:
- This is the term
- This is the definition.
- One line for each item
- Other leading whitespace signals preformatted text, changes font
- Indent with one or more spaces to use a monospace font:
This is text in a monospaced font.
This is indented with three spaces.
This is not.
- tab space colon tab - often used (with emphasis) for quotations.
- This is quoted.
- If you are going to ConvertSpacesToTabs, you need to type nine spaces, a colon, and then three spaces before the text.
- Use doubled single-quotes ('') for emphasis (usually italics)
- Use tripled single-quotes (''') for strong emphasis (usually bold)
- Use five single-quotes ('), or triples within doubles, for some other kind of emphasis (usually bold italic)
- Emphasis can be used multiple times within a line, but cannot span line boundaries
- JoinCapitalizedWords to make references to other pages on this Wiki.
- Use SixSingleQuotes to avoid making such links.
- Precede URLs with "http:", "ftp:", "gopher:", "mailto:", or "news:" to create links automatically as in: http://www.c2.com/
- URLs ending with .gif or .jpg are inlined
- ISBN 0-13-748310-4 links to a bookseller. (The pattern is: "ISBN", optional colon, space, ten digits with optional hyphens, the whole thing optionally in square brackets. The last digit can be an "X".) We are an Amazon Associate.
- I S B N: 0123456789 becomes ISBN 0123456789
- [I S B N 0123456789] becomes ISBN 0123456789
- [I S B N: 123-456-789-X] becomes ISBN 123-456-789-X
- < and > are themselves
- The & characters will not work
- When a rule says "tab," it wants a tab character without extra spaces.
- Use italics sparingly when possible, as they're harder to read.