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What it looks like What you type

Start your sections with header lines:

New section

Subsection

Sub-subsection

== New section ==
=== Subsection ===
==== Sub-subsection ====

Newline:

A single newline has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

(<p> disables this paragraphing until </p> or the end of the section)


A single
newline
has no
effect on the
layout.

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
You can break lines

without starting a new paragraph.

<br> is sufficient as wikitext code. The XHTML code <br /> is not required; the system produces this code.
You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Lists are easy to do:
    • start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
  • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course
  • you can
  • start again.
* Lists are easy to do:
** start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
*A newline
*in a list  
marks the end of the list.
*Of course
*you can
*start again.

  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A newline
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A newline
#in a list  
marks the end of the list.
#New numbering starts
#with 1.
  • You can even create mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
        can I mix definition list as well?
        yes
        how?
        it's easy as
        • a
        • b
        • c
* You can even create mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this
*#*; can I mix definition list as well?
*#*: yes
*#*; how?
*#*: it's easy as
*#*:* a 
*#*:* b
*#*:* c
  • You can also
    • break lines
      inside lists
      like this
* You can also
**break lines<br>inside lists<br>like this
Definition list 
list of definitions
item 
the item's definition
; Definition list : list
of definitions
; item : the item's definition
A colon indents a line or paragraph.

A manual newline starts a new paragraph.

This is primarily for displayed material, but is also used for discussion on Talk pages.

: A colon indents a line or paragraph.
A manual newline starts a new paragraph. 
IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
 it will be formatted exactly
   as typed;
 in a fixed-width font;
 lines won't wrap;
ENDIF

This is useful for:

  • pasting preformatted text
  • algorithm descriptions
  • program source code
  • ASCII art

WARNING If you make it wide, you force the whole page to be wide and hence less readable. Never start ordinary lines with spaces.

 IF a line of plain text starts with a space THEN
   it will be formatted exactly
     as typed;
   in a fixed-width font;
   lines won't wrap;
 ENDIF
Centered text.
<center>Centered text.</center>
A horizontal dividing line: above

and below.

Useful for a variety of separation needs, mainly within some kind of box, but rarely used within the text of an article.

A horizontal dividing line: above
----
and below. 

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