How to...?


  1. ... add comments to a page
  2. ... add tags to a page
  3. ... rank a page
  4. ... edit an existing page (see also wiki syntax)
  5. ... rename or move a page
  6. ... add a file attachment to a page
  7. ... create a new ...
    1. ... wiki page
    2. ... glossary page
  8. ... create or update a page breadcrumb trail
  9. ... join in discussion in the forums

1. How to add comments to a page
You can add comments to a page by clicking on the 'show comments' link at the bottom center of any page. This opens the comment controls giving options to either hide the comment section, fold or unfold the comment thread tree, or to add a new comment. Click on the 'add comment' option to open the comment text editor which has text formatting tools similar to those in the standard page editor. You can then contribute your views about the page content by adding your text comments. Click on 'post it' to finalize your comments and add them to the comment thread.

2. How to add tags to a page
You can add keyword tags to a page by clicking on the 'tags' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page. This will open the tag text entry box. To provide quick access this button is also replicated in the top bar on each page.

Add keyword tags which you think help to describe or classify a page, as single word tags each separated by a space. To use multiple word short tag phrases, use underscores or dashes to separate words. Click 'save tags' to add the tags to those already associated with the page, and these will then appear in relevant tag clouds throughout the site.

3. How to rank a page
You can rank a page using the 'rate' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page. The number of positive ratings is displayed next to the page rate option link in parentheses. Click on the link to open the page rating control. Click on the '+' link to add one to the current page rating. You can only apply a positive rating to a page. Click on the 'x' link to close the page rating control without rating the page.

4. How to edit an existing page
How to edit
To edit pages you first need to have joined the site to become a registered member. You can apply to join here. Once you have joined, or if you are already a member, then you need to log in. Once logged in you can edit any of the existing pages that are generally editable. There are a small number of pages within the site which cannot be edited by all users who have joined. These are restricted to site adminstrators and moderators, and include some navigation and help pages, and other website control function pages. They are not generally editable in order to preserve the integrity of the site structure. On these pages there are no tools or links to open editing options.

For most pages, editing is easy - you just need to click on the 'edit' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page to open the page content edit box and WYSIWIG text styling toolbar. To provide quick access this button is also replicated in the top bar on each page.

The page text will appear in the main box and you can directly edit or add to the exisiting content. You can use the tools in the toolbar to apply styles and formatting to text much as you would in any word processor. If you want to apply more detailed formatting or have much finer control over the way content is presented then you can directly apply wiki code to the content using the guidelines explained in the wiki syntax section.

When you have finished editing click on the 'preview' button to review the finished changes before posting them, or click 'save' to close the editing box and save your changes.

What happens to old versions of pages? (page histories)
When you edit a page the old version of the page is not lost. All pages have a 'history' which retains a series of revisions that catalogue previous changes made to the page. Each change to title, content, page name, or file upload etc creates a new revision. When you click on the history button at the bottom of a page you can browse the list of all revisions of a page. There are also options to view each individual change, and to reinstate a previous version to be the current 'live' version.

Please note that although older versions of page content are retained, older versions of file attachements are not. New versions of files overwrite old versions completely in order to conserve the file storage space required.

More details in Wiki syntax
You can find more detailed information about how to format and control elements within pages in fine detail in the wiki syntax.

5. Rename or move a page
If you have joined the site then renaming or moving a page is easy - you just need to click on the 'options' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page, and then the 'rename' link, which will open the page name edit box. The text box will contain the current page category and page name in the form:

category:pagename

To move the page into a different category just change the category section. To rename the page simply edit the pagename section. When you are happy with your changes click the save button to update the 'live' version.

If you have moved a page it may also require the relationship with it's parent page to be changed as well, so that the page breadcrumb trail reflects the updated page status. You can find out how to do this ... here.

6. Add a file attachment to a page
To add a file attachment to a page you are currently viewing you just need to click on the 'file' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page to open the file tools section. When you click on the 'upload a new file' option you will see the file upload manager with the browse tool. Use this to locate the file you wish to attach from your hardrive. You can use the text boxes to alter the file name or attach any comments you wish to be associated with the file, and the click the upload file button to attach the file to the current page.

In general there are few restrictions on the types of files that can be attached to pages. Due to server space and page response timings, video and audio files are not enouraged. For other types of attachment, you are encouraged to take into consideration the limitations that may influence the range of formats that other members of the community can view and access - either because of user network restrictions or software availability. You are therefore strongly encouraged to use only the more common non-proprietary software reliant file fomat types, such as .pdf, .txt, .csv, and image formats such as .gif and .jpg.

7. Create a new page
There are two main types of page you are likely to be creating - either a wiki page or a glossary page. The specific steps to follow to create each are described below.

After ensuring your new page has been saved, you will need to associate an existing page as a parent page, in order to ensure that the page breadcrumb trail is correct. Help with how to do this is ... here.

7.1 Create a new wiki page
The easiest way to create a new wiki page is to use one of the 'new wiki entry' text boxes that appear in the 'Add content' menu in the left hand navigation on all pages, and in a right hand menu on specific wiki pages.

Type a new page name into the next box and click on the button. This will open a new blank page with

  • a message explaining that the page does not (yet) exist
  • a default page title the same as the name you entered into the text box
  • the standard text editor box and toolbar used to edit pages.

You can add text, styling, and formatting in the same manner explained in the 'editing pages' section, and then preview or save your new page in exactly the same way. The page will automatically be added to the wiki category of the site, and appear in the automated summary links boxes throughout the site which list the most recently added pages. You can then edit other wiki pages to add in links and navigation to your new page.

7.2 Create a new glossary page
The easiest way to create a new glossary page is to use one of the 'new glossary' text boxes that appear in the 'Add content' menu in the left hand navigation on all pages, and in a right hand menu on specific glossary pages.

Type a new page name into the next box and click on the button. This will open a new blank page with

  • a message explaining that the page does not (yet) exist
  • a default page title the same as the name you entered into the text box
  • the standard text editor box and toolbar used to edit pages.

You can add text, styling, and formatting in the same manner explained in the 'editing pages' section, and then preview or save your new page in exactly the same way. The page will automatically be added to the glossary category of the site, and appear in the automated summary links boxes throughout the site which list the most recently added pages.

The glossary section also contains the unique tabbed navigation bar that appears in the top centre of each page and lists glossary entry links divided alphabetically. To ensure that new glossary terms are added to these automatic link lists you need to ensure you apply specific tags to the new glossary term using the tag option at the bottom of every page. For a glossary entry begininning with 'A' for example, add the tag *_a* to ensure it appears as a link under 'A' in the glossary navigation. You can make a glossary entry appear under two letters if you wish - for example dependent child might appear under 'D' and 'C' by applying the tags *_d* and *_c*.

8. Create or update a page breadcrumb trail
To create or update a breadcrumb trail you need to click on the 'options' link in the page controls section at the bottom of any page to reveal the 'parent' link. You will then be presented with the 'Parent page & breadcrumbs navigation' section, which includes a tex box to enter the name of the page to be associated as a parent.

For a wiki page type wiki:index, for a glossary page type glossary:index, and then click 'save parent page'

9. Join in discussion in the forums
To join in discussions in the forum you first need to have joined the site to become a registered member. You can apply to join here. Once you have joined, or if you are already a member, then you need to log in. Once logged in go to the forum. On this page you can see the disccusions divided into two groups 'General news and announcements' and 'Blog'. Within these groups are various categories - most discussions relating to topics and themes about output from the Census should go in the 'Blog > Off topic' sub group.

When you click on a sub group link, you will see a list of the threads in the group and a link to create a new thread. When you click on this link you will see the standard forum text editor window with buttons and tools to format text and add options. You need to add a thread title, complete the optional summary box, and then add your thoughts and comments in the main box. You can then click on the 'preview' button to review your new discussion before posting it, or click the 'post' button to post it direct to the forum and create your new discussion thread in the chosen category.

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