Getting Started
Community knoodl / wiki / Help

If you have found yourself registered at, that is because you are here to create and/or join a Knoodl Community to collaborate with friends, co-workers, or colleagues. And if you have found yourself on this page, you are ready to learn how to start collaborating and adding content within that community. To Collaborate in Knoodl, you have to have a Community. To add and share content, though, you will need to create a Book.


To Get Started with Knoodl, we will walk through creating a community and a book within the community. We will then go through some basic step to get you adding content and creating pages. Please follow the steps in each section below.

Creating a Community

  1. To create a community, you must start by clicking the Create New link in the main Knoodl Menu underneath Communities.
  2. Enter: Sandbox as the ID, Title, and Description
  3. Click Create new community


  • You are required to enter a Community ID, a Community Title, and a Description of the Community. Choose a Community ID that is recognizable and easy to remember. This ID is what you will use when you or other members of Knoodl link to content within your community. The Community ID cannot contain spaces or punctuation.

Creating a Book

  1. To create a book, you must start by clicking the Create new book link from your communities homepage.
  2. Enter: Sandbox for the ID and Title
  3. For Book Type, choose Wiki to get started.
  4. Enter a basic Description of the Book
  5. Click Create new book


  • You are required to enter a Book ID, a Book Title, a Book Type, and a Description of the Book. Like the Community ID, choose a Book ID that is recognizable, this ID will be used when linking to pages within this Book.
  • There are two types of Books:
    • A Vocabulary is an ontology editor and a wiki. The Vocabulary allows you to add formal semantic content and normal wiki content to supplement the semantic information.
    • A Wiki is Knoodl's version of a wiki. It provides all of the same functionality that you would find in a typical wiki.

Adding Content

At this point, a blank page should be on the screen. This is the main page to your Wiki Book. Because there is no content on the page, the "Edit" tab is automatically enabled, so you can add Content. Notice the toolbar above the editing area. Please explore this as we go through the next two sections.

Below are steps that show you some basics in entering content. You do not need to follow these instructions explicitly - remember this Book is just a have some fun and play around!

  1. Create Section Headings
    1. To create a section heading, use the first drop down menu in the Edit toolbar. Click TOC Heading 1. Enter: Section 1 where it says type text here. TOC stands for Table of Contents.
    2. On a new line, Follow the previous step, but choose TOC Heading 2 and enter Section 1.1 for the text.
    3. Click Preview. Preview allows you to see how your wikitext is formatted without saving the page. It also keeps the Edit text area open so you can easily modify your wikitext. Notice how the use of == and === changed the formatting of the section headings.
    4. Go back to the Edit area and, on a new line, enter a TOC Heading 1 with the text: Section 2.
    5. Click Preview. Notice, that now a Table of Contents has been created. Once there are three or more sections headings defined on a page, a table of contents is automatically created.
  2. Add Basic Content
    1. Under Section 1, add the following sentence: This is section 1. Now, under that sentence (a new line), type in that same sentence.
    2. Click Preview. Notice that both sentences are on the same line. To force a new line to show up on your page, you must have a blank line between those two sentences. So insert a blank line between those two sentences.
    3. Click Preview. You should now see each sentence on its own line.

At this point you are starting to get the idea of how to add content. You also understand how to use a few buttons on the Edit toolbar. All of our buttons follow that same pattern, so please go ahead a use each of them. We have much more detailed information in the Editing Pages section of our help.

Creating New Pages - Internal Linking

So far, we have added some basic content. Now you will create some new pages and link to existing pages.

  1. Create a New Page
    1. To create a new page, we need to create an Internal Link to a page that doesn't exist. This may not make sense, but follow these steps and it will all come together. To create the Internal Link, type the following in the Edit area under Section 2: [[New_Page | Internal Link to New Page]].
    2. Click Preview. Notice that a link has been created called Internal Link to New Page. Internal Links follow this patter: [[<page URL> | <display text>]]. You may be thinking "New_Page is not a URL" and you are right. When creating Internal Links, you can use shortcuts, so you don't have to type the full URL.
    3. Mouse over the link that was just created. New_Page was automatically created within the scope of the your Sandbox Wiki Book. The url should be .../wiki/Sandbox/entry/New_Page.
  2. Create a Link to an Existing Page
    1. All of our URLs follow a pattern. Look back at the link for New_Page. It should have the following patter: ˜groups/<community_name>/<book_type>/<book_name>/entry/<page_name>. So, our URL should have been: ˜groups/Sandbox/wiki/Sandbox/entry/New_Page.
    2. Lets link to a page in the Help Section. The pages in the Help section all belong to the help Book. The help Book is a wiki Book (book type) and belongs to the Knoodl Community. So to link to the Getting Started page (this page) in the Help section, we use the following link: [[~groups/knoodl/wiki/help/entry/Getting_Started | Getting Started]].
    3. Type that link into the Edit area and click Save edits. Click on your new internal link. You should find that you have navigated back to the Getting Started page.


Through this Help page, you have been able to create a community, create a book, add content, format content, create new pages, and create links to existing pages. This is a great start, but there is still so much more that is possible. I strongly suggest that you go through the Editing Pages Help page and the Wikitext Book to continue honing you Knoodl skills. Good Luck and have Fun!

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