Regular linking means that you just enclose the name of the article in the square brackets, and that is then the way it will be presented in the article.
- [[User:Hecko X]] links to User:Hecko X
A label is a text-string added to a link, so that one can link to an article, but have the link say something other than the name of the article. There are basically two ways of labeling; Piped Labeling and Add-On Labeling.
Piped Labeling is done by adding a pipe between the actual link and the label you wish to present.
- [[User:Hecko X|Johnny]] links to User:Hecko X, but the label appears as Johnny, i.e., it ends up looking like this: Johnny
Piped Labeling can contain symbols and multiple words.
- Johnny is @ the $-makers' house called WebCam-a-lot (example of multiple words and symbols)
Add-On Labels is text "added on" to the link. It is written directly after the two closing square brackets of a link.
- [[User:Hecko X]]pqrs links to User:Hecko X, but the label appears as User:Hecko Xpqrs, looking like User:Hecko Xpqrs.
However, Add-On Labeling is, due to its restrictions, usually only used for adding plural "s"es or "ing" suffixes to a link, i.e. writing [[Dingo]]s instead of [[Dingo|Dingos]] or [[Petrify]]ing instead of [[Petrify|Petrifying]]. The restrictions are that any symbol, even uppercase letters, can break the label.
- User:Hecko XpqRs (case of an uppercase letter breaking the label)
- User:Hecko X's page, User:Hecko X-alot, User:Hecko Xis@home (cases of a symbol breaking the label)
It is possible to mix both types of labeling, but there really is no point, since what is written as the Add-On Label might as well be a part of the Piped Label.
It is possible to mix links with other coding. Most coding can be done like with regular text, while others (HTML based codes) must be mixed with the Piped Label.
To make an external link, just write the URL. Please note that this means that the http:// part is needed. Simply starting the link with www. will not work.
- http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/ automatically turns into http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/
However, if you wish to label the link, you must enclose it in single square brackets and write the label after a space as opposed to after a pipe. It has the same properties as a Piped Label though.
- [http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/ FFWiki main page] (note the space between the URL and the label) becomes FFWiki main page
Add-On Labeling is not possible with external links.
- [http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/ FFWiki main page]blah gives FFWiki main pageblah (note that "blah" is not part of the label)
Subpages, can be linked to like regular articles, as long as the entire path is there.
- [[User:Hecko X/Sandbox]] gives User:Hecko X/Sandbox
It is likewise possible to label them as regular links.
Sections of a page are determined by the use of "="s as headers in a page. In order to direct a link towards a certain section of a page, the "#" symbol must be used inside the link. To do this, link to a page as normal, but immediately after the page name, insert an # and the name of the section desired.
- [[Chocobo#Final Fantasy XII]] gives Chocobo#Final Fantasy XII
Piped linking is usually utilized when linking to sections of a page in mainspace articles.
- [[Chocobo#Final Fantasy XII|Chocobo]] gives Chocobo
Sometimes in an article, multiple section headers will have the same name. To specify which section you want the link to direct towards, type a space after the section name, followed by a number which corresponds to the placement of the desired section in relation to other sections with the same name.
- [[Bosco Pampa#Monsters 2]] gives Bosco Pampa#Monsters 2
which will link to the second section that is titled "Monsters".
The Pipe Trick is a variation of normal piped linking. It serves to cut down the amount of piping needed for linking to disambigs, other spaces and titles with colons or commas. For example, if you wished to link to the page Black Mage (Job) and show it as Black Mage, you can type [[Black Mage (Job)|Black Mage]]. Using the pipe trick, you would only need to type [[Black Mage (Job)|]]. When saved, the MediaWiki software automatically expands the latter example to the former. This saves a lot of time and effort if you're fixing a lot of links.
The pipe trick works with other things as well. Thus:
|[[Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children|]]||Advent Children|
|[[Forum:Pipe Trick|]]||Pipe Trick|
|[[Final Fantasy Wiki:Manual of Style|]]||Manual of Style|
|[[Category:Final Fantasy Wiki|]]||Final Fantasy Wiki|
|[[Forum: Okay, I found this game in a book...|]]||Okay|
Please note that the pipe trick does not cut down on actual content, it simply reduces typing. The link expands automatically when the page is saved. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact me or read this page.