Get started with editing the wiki.
Anyone can edit any page and improve articles immediately for all readers – no need to create an account. The Tesseract Wiki uses two methods of editing: the simpler VisualEditor, and classic editing through source mode.
Your first edits
A beginner's guide on how to use VisualEditor, a user-friendly system that allows you to edit without the need to learn wikitext.
The basics of VisualEditor
Some more detailed tips on editing using VisualEditor, including how to add links and format bold and italic text.
Using source mode
Source mode allows you to see all of the wikitext on a page and to edit it directly. If you are trying to make more complex changes, you should switch to the source editor.
Introduction to source mode
Editing using the classic source mode, which allows you to view and change wikitext directly.
Cheat sheet for source mode
A short guide that lists the syntax needed to create font styles, links, templates, and headers in source mode.
The types of images we need on the wiki, how to take them, and how to upload.
Introduction to GIMP
A guide to GIMP, a free cross-platform image editor with brushes, layer capabilities, selection tools, masking, etc.
How to cut out the background and other unnecessary parts of an image, putting the focus on the subject.
An advanced guide to adding translucency (removing the background) to images with semi-transparent parts.
Introduction to Pixelmator
A guide to Pixelmator, a mac only alternative to GIMP.
Advanced guide to VisualEditor
Making more complicated edits using the default editor.
What's possible with source mode
Examples of some of the more complicated types of edits that can be made on the wiki.
More details about editing tables in source mode
A collated list of templates currently used across the wiki.
How to make the navigational templates located at the bottom of most pages.
How to create modules using Lua, and invoke them from templates.
Dynamic Page List (DPL)
How to use DynamicPageList3 (DPL) to Aggregate pages, information, templates, params etc from many pages into one place.
How to set up AutoWikiBrowser (AWB) to mass bot edit pages (for repetitive changes). This is not a guide on using AWB, merely the settings to use with the Tesseract wiki.
Accounts and user pages
The basics of managing your account, preferences, user page and signatures.
Talk pages and discussions
How to discuss page (and template, module etc) content, propose major changes and take part in wiki-wide discussions.
Customizing your signature
How to customize your signature.
The policies all users are expected to adhere to while editing on the Tesseract Wiki.
Style guides are to make the wiki easy to read, write and edit by establishing a certain formats and maintaining consistency.
What to edit
If you don't know what to start editing and don't have a specific project in mind the following pages may help.
There are always a number of large projects going on that could use your help, as well as standard maintenance items.
Want to suggest a new project, or start a project that has been suggested but not started yet?