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---+!! 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 =%HOMETOPIC%= and on saving the page this becomes %HOMETOPIC%. 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) * Uppercase letter(s) * Optional lowercase or uppercase letter(s) or number(s) ---++ Good examples of !WikiWords * WikiWord * GoodStyle * VersionFiveDotThree * ReleaseVersion5dot3 * AVeryLongWikiTopicNameIsAlsoPossible: wherever an uppercase or lowercase letter is allowed, a group of letters of the same case is allowed * YearTwoThousand ---++ Bad examples of !WikiWords: * Web: Name without the uppercase letter(s), lowercase letter(s), uppercase letter(s) sequence * T5Wiki: Name with number before the uppercase, lowercase, uppercase sequence * Md5sumsAfterBurning: Name with number before the uppercase, lowercase, uppercase sequence * 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: =[<nop>[TWikiAccessControl][access control]]= - this becomes: [[TWikiAccessControl][access control]] * To link to a topic in *another web*, write: =Sandbox.WebSearch= - this becomes: Sandbox.WebSearch * To show the web name in the link use bracket notation: =[<nop>[Sandbox.%HOMETOPIC%]]= - this becomes: [[Sandbox.%HOMETOPIC%]] * 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 dash and the name of the header, with spaces replaced by underscores (and =!= removed): =[<nop>[#Good_examples_of_WikiWords]]= becomes: [[#Good_examples_of_WikiWords]]. You can also link to a part on another page: =%TWIKIWEB%.%HOMETOPIC%#Disclaimer= becomes: %TWIKIWEB%.%HOMETOPIC%#Disclaimer. ---++ Hints * 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 =FunctionalSpec= write =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 =!<nop>SunOS= to get !SunOS. * Create topics with singular names. Plural <nop>WikiWords are automatically linked to the singular topic, i.e. the link WikiWords links to the topic WikiWord. * Sometimes you have to be creative to find a good <nop>WikiName. Examples: * To create a topic about the the *Bread Slicer 1.2* product, use =BreadSlicer1dot2= or =BreadSlicer1pt2=, but not =BreadSlicer1.2=. * To create a topic about *year 2000*, you could go for =YearTwoK= or =YearTwoThousand=, but not =Year2K= or =Y2K= or =Y2000=. * 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. * %X% When linking to a <nop>%HOMETOPIC% topic _in another web_, the link will be rendered as the name of the web, e.g. =Sandbox.%HOMETOPIC%= becomes Sandbox.%HOMETOPIC%. __Related Topics:__ WikiSyntax, TextFormattingRules
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