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_By Chris Dillon 21/05/08. Version 4.1_
Latest version at: [http://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/display/AboutWiki/About+the+UCL+Wiki]

It is recommended that you use Firefox or Internet Explorer on the PC, and Camino or Firefox, rather than Safari, on the Mac.

h1. Why would you want to use a wiki?

Wikis may be used, for example, for:
* structures of articles on subjects à la Wikipedia
* collaborative work (e.g. in teaching and learning)
* for research groups
* for committees
* for projects
* sharing technical notes in a small group
* managing projects

h1. Logging in

Go to [http://wiki.ucl.ac.uk|http://wiki.ucl.ac.uk] and login with your normal UCL user ID and password.
The page which appears is the UCL Wiki Dashboard. It lists the _spaces_ (i.e. different areas in the wiki) to which you have access in a column on the left. You may be able to see some spaces without logging in, but you won't be able to do much.

h1. Adding a comment

As you navigate through pages in spaces, you will find _Add Comment_ links on some pages. If you have a short comment, you can use these. Someone else may reply to your comment thus creating a threaded discussion. If your comment is more substantial, you may want to edit the page itself, if you have been given the right to do so (you can see the _Edit_ tab at the top of the page).

h1. Editing a page

You will see various tabs at the top of wiki pages. If you can see the _Edit_ tab, you can click on it to edit the page (or the page's title).
If you are using one of the recommended browsers (see the top of this guide), a WYSIWYG editor (the _Rich Text_ tab) will appear with Word-like formatting options. The _Format_ drop-down box is the recommended way to add headings and other styles. {color:#ff0000}Remember to save any changes before navigating away from the page you're working on\!{color}

You may find it quicker to create pages by using wiki markup. To do this, click the \*Wiki Markup\* tab. There is a summary of the markup system in the right column. Common codes include:
h1. Biggest heading
h5. Smallest heading


---- for a horizontal line across the page

* for a bullet point
** for a sub-bullet
# for a numbered point

[British Library|http://www.bl.uk] for a link to a Web site

{note:title=title of note} text of note

h1. Biggest heading

h5. Smallest heading

\---\- for a horizontal line across the page
* for a bullet point
** for a sub-bullet

# for a numbered point
[British Library|http://www.bl.uk] for a link to a Web site
{note:title=title of note} text of note
Use the *full guide* link at the top of the column for a complete list of wiki markup.
Note: You will find it quicker to create tables on the _Rich Text_ tab than on the _Wiki Markup_ tab\!

h1. Adding a new page

This presumes that the part of the wiki ("space") the page is to be added to exists, if it doesn't, see _Creating a space_ below.

Navigate to the space or page where you want the new page.
Click the *New Page* hyperlink top right. The default page's name is by default _New Page_. you will want to change this. Add some content and click *Save*.
The new page opens.

h2. Notes

* Putting a link (see below) to a non-existent page creates it.
* Once the page is created, you can type text in it or use copy text from Word to Confluence. Some Word formatting will be retained.
* {color:#ff0000}Each page in a wiki needs to have a unique name.{color}

h1. Attaching a file to a page in the wiki

Attachments are inconvenient things; don't use them if you can get away with copying text into an ordinary wiki page. {color:#990000}It is not possible to attach files larger than 10Mb.{color} Check in Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac).
Navigate to the page to which you want to attach the file. Before going into the editor, click on the \*Attachments\* tab. Type a brief description of the file in the _Comments_ field and click *Browse* to locate the file to be uploaded into the wiki.
To remove an attachment, click on the *Attachments* tab and click the *Remove* button to the right of the file.

h1. Inserting a link

Click the *Insert/Edit Link* icon (it looks like a chain) on the toolbar.
To link to a page in the UCL Wiki, search e.g. _Global Spaces_ for the page. Click the link and click OK. (Attachments are included in the search.)
To link to a page on the Internet, click on the *External Link* tab and enter the address. (it may be safest to copy the address from your browser's _Address_ field).

h1. Adding an image

Click the *Insert/Edit Image* icon (it looks like mountains) on the toolbar. Click *Browse* to locate the file. In fact images displayed in Confluence pages are attached to the page and you can see them on the _Attachments_ tab.

h1. Restricting a page

Click the *EDIT* link next to _Restrictions_ at the bottom of the page further to restrict who can read and edit the page. See the section on _Creating a personal space_ for information about giving permissions to groups.

h1. Exporting a page as a Word file or PDF

Navigate to the page and click on the *Info* tab.
Click on the *PDF* or *Word* link in the *Export As* field.
Note: Some spaces may be set up so that viewers don't have permission to do this.

h1. Viewing changes and restoring older versions of pages

To see individual changes to a page, click on the *Info* tab of the page in question and use the *view changes* links.

To compare two versions of a page, use the *Recent Changes* link, tick any two versions and click *Compare selected versions*. Green indicates additions, red deletions.

Restore an old version of a page by clicking the *Recent Changes* link.

h1. Removing pages

Click the \*Edit\* tab to edit the page in question. Click the \*Remove Page\* hyperlink top right.

h1. Creating a personal space in the wiki

Please note that only members of UCL staff can create personal spaces.
Once you are logged on, you should see your name top right as a hyperlink on the UCL Wiki homepage. Click on this link.
On the page that appears, you should see a message saying \*You can create a personal space to keep your own pages and news*. Click on the \*create a personal space\* hyperlink.
Now you need to set the viewing and editing rights for your space.
By default personal (and global) spaces are only viewable by the person concerned.
Note: _Registered users - anyone logged into Confluence_ has no effect in the UCL implementation of the software.
If you want all registered users to have access, you have to explicitly give access to group "ucl-all". ucl-staff, ucl-hon, ucl-ug and ucl-pg are other useful groups. For detailed information about UCL access groups, see: [http://www.ucl.ac.uk/upi/web-users/intranet-groups]
You can also create your own groups and add people to them by clicking on the \*Manage Users/Groups\* tab. It is better to use this feature, rather than granting permission to individuals, as it is a lot less work if you ever need to change the permissions in future.
It is not recommended that you tick _Anonymous - anyone, logged in or not_, as this would expose your space to mischievous comments from the unscrupulous.
The address of your space is:
http://wiki.ucl.ac.uk//display/~your seven digit UCL user id
Click *Create*.

If you ever want to remove your space, click the \*Browse Space\* hyperlink top right and then the \*Space Admin\* tab. Click \*Remove Space*.

h2. Your profile

To edit details about yourself, add your photo etc., *click on your name* top right on the UCL Wiki homepage once logged in.

Click on *Preferences* top right and then the *Edit Profile* tab.

{color:#cc0000}Note that information put in your profile is visible to anonymous users of the UCL Wiki.{color}

h2. Access rights

To adjust who has what access to your space, click the *Browse Space* hyperlink top right and then the *Space Admin* tab. Click *Edit Permissions* under the relevant user category and tick the relevant boxes. Click *Save All*.

For more information on permissions, see: [http://www.ucl.ac.uk/display/AboutWiki/UCL+Wiki+Permissions+Explained]

h1. Advanced formatting

Once you have mastered the basic functions detailed above, you may want to adopt some macros to make things look nice.

For macros, click on the *Wiki Markup* tag.

For computer code etc. you could use an {unformat} tag before and after e.g.

{unformat} copy *.* s:\Training {unformat}

h1. Further information

A good general overview may be found at: \[http://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/webinar.jsp\]
UCL specific documentation is here: \[http://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/display/AboutWiki/About+the+UCL+Wiki\]
For detailed documentation, see: \[http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Confluence+Documentation+Home\]

h1. Tips

Do not save your pages too often, as this creates many versions.
Do not leave pages open in Edit mode for a long time, as this puts a heavy load on the server.