Updating M204wiki

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Overview

While the most important part of a wiki is the content, following a few simple rules in formatting wiki documentation pages can make it easier for people to use the wiki because of the consistent look and feel of each page. In addition, following these rules can make it easier to write the pages, as standard use of wiki and HTML tags makes it possible to convey information in the format of the text rather than having to state it explicitly.

Use of HTML tags and attributes that focus on the semantics of text also has some advantages:

  • It is easier to remember semantic tags and attributes than remembering the physical display characteristics of a certain kinds of text.
  • It is easier for someone to edit or customize the look and feel of text based on its semantics if the semantics of the text is explicit in the markup.

In fact, as a general rule of thumb, if you are coding any explicit physical text attributes in your wiki markup, it's probably a sign that you're doing something wrong or that M204wiki needs to expand its list of semantic classes.

For example, if you enter ''Model204'' or <i>Model 204</i>, you're doing something wrong. You should enter <var class="product">Model 204</var>. Even if you're trying to emphasize something, like the "should" in the last sentence, you should use <strong>should</strong> not '''should''' or <b>should</b> though, admittedly, <strong> doesn't convey a lot about the semantics of the enclosed word or words.

Adding, editing, or discussing a page

M204wiki is a collection of named pages to which you are invited to contribute. Once you have an authorized ID, you can add new pages to the wiki collection; you can edit the content of existing pages; and you can discuss the content of existing pages.

Note: You must be logged in, and you must have confirmed your e-mail address through the "E-mail options" section on the User profile tab of your user preferences.

Adding a new page

There are multiple ways to add a new page to m204wiki:

  • Manually composing a page name

    This is the typical approach.

  • Using a link to a wanted page

    If there is already a link (colored red) for the page, someone else probably felt such a page was needed but didn't have time to define it.

    After logging in (and your e-mail address has been confirmed), simply click this link and you enter the wiki editor, where you add and save the new page content.

  • One-time SOUL generation of new page

    This is limited to wiki administrators and explained further in the behind-the-firewall M204 internal wiki (M204int; see "Wiki tips").

For even more techniques, see this MediaWiki page.

Manually composing a page name

Type the page name in the M204wiki search box, and click the magnifying glass icon or the Go button. You must be logged in. You see the following on the search result:

Create the page pagename on this wiki!

Click pagename (red link) to enter the wiki editor and create that new page.

Note: Choose page names wisely (they are the principal means of search):

  • Select names that are consistent with other pages in the wiki.
  • Pay close attention to capitalization. Usually only the initial letter is capitalized.
  • Page names can be "changed," using the Move tab, but doing so properly then requires a wiki administrator to delete the old page and modify any links to the deleted page.
  • Some characters (underscore ( _ ), for example) do not display in the page title; for them you can put {{DISPLAYTITLE:correct_name}} at the top of the editor page (as in all $function pages).

When you create the page content, specify at the bottom of the editor page the category to which the page belongs. A category is a collection of similar pages, and a category page contains links to each of its member pages. For example, here is the markup to add a page to the Parameters category:

[[Category:Parameters]]

If an existing category (see the Categories page) is not appropriate, name a new one with some care.

Editing a page

To edit a page, click the Edit tab that is usually at the top of each page. You must be logged in. The editing page will appear, containing the existing markup. When you have finished making modifications, click the Show preview button to view the effect of your changes without committing them; then click the Save page button to commit your changes.

For information about the conventions for markup of M204wiki pages, use the page you are currently reading, including the See also section.

Handling pages that contain auto-generated content

Some pages contain content that is programmatically generated and meant to be edited only by wiki administrators. Such content is discernible when you view the content within the page editor. Typically you see that the content source is a template page ({{Template:Built_from_code}} markup), and often you see a comment like the following:

<!-- This page was automatically generated and will be automatically replaced, so any manual edits will be lost. You've been warned. -->

The auto-generation is by SOUL operating on information in the Model 204 load module. Many of the wiki's "List of ..." pages are examples of this, for example, List of Arraylist methods.

An alternative to personally updating such content is to copy the page or section's URL, then email it to the most relevant people or simply to M204Support@rocketsoftware.com, including a description of the update you had in mind.

Adding comments to your revisions

Commenting on your revisions to the wiki helps others to find and understand your changes.

There are two ways to enter comments while you are editing a wiki section:

  • Enter one or more comment lines beginning with <! -- and ending with -->

    For example:

    <!-- 75FDMODM -->

    (For documentation purposes, the above comment has been made visible by surrounding it with nowiki tags.)

    A comment can span several lines or be inserted within a line.

    Users will see the comment only when editing the wiki page or section.

  • Enter a comment in the Summary box at the bottom of the editing pane, directly above the Save page button.

    You might find it useful to include the section title in your comment. (Sometimes the title is included by default in the summary and you can append your comments to it.)

    Once you save the page, the comment will disappear from the Summary box and be added to the revision history of the page, as shown here (right bottom of screenshot):

    Wiki history with comment.png

    Tip: Busy pages accumulate many revisions and the history page can get crowded. To expand the viewing area of the page, click the Toggle sidebar option in the tab at the top of the page adjacent to the View history tab:

    TogSidebar.png

Renaming a page

Use the page's Move tab to create a new page that contains the old page's content. The old page content gets replaced with the #REDIRECT [[newpagename]] markup which sends to the new page any links to the old page.

Note: In the default M204wiki presentation ("skin" Vector), the Move tab is accessed by the down-arrow icon to the right of the View history tab.

If the old page name is no longer useful, it should be deleted:

  1. Go to the page that contains the actual REDIRECT — a good way is to click the Recent changes link in the sidebar "toolbox," find your Moved page oldName to newName change, and click the oldName link.
  2. From the old page, click the What links here link on the navigation sidebar. Then click each of those pages, and change the links to point to the new page name.
  3. Ask a wiki administrator to delete the old page.

Discussing a page

If you want to inquire or comment about some of a page's content, you can click the Discussion tab at the top of the page. Because such pages are not heavily used, the tab is often colored red, which changes once you explicitly "create" the page, as the page's initial text advises. Often called a talk page because its name contains the prefix Talk:, you can edit a discussion page as you would a normal page, link to it, and view its editing history.

To start a new discussion thread with its own heading on an already-created talk page, click the + or New section tab. For general tips concerning talk pages, see http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Talk_pages.

Headings

The outermost headings on any page should be level two headings so should have two equal signs on either side:

==This is a heading2==

For a subsection of the heading2:

===Here is a heading3===

These headings are included in the page's table of contents at the top of the page (if there are enough sections — usually three — to generate one).

All of the page and section names are case sensitive. Capitalize the first word and any proper nouns, but leave the rest of the words in lowercase.

Don't create links or put HTML tags in headings.

Links

For cross-references (links) to an article/page, your markup can simply be the exact article title enclosed in pairs of left and right brackets. To link to the article entitled "My target page":

[[My target page]]

If you want the text of the link that the viewer sees to be different from the page title, append to the page name a vertical bar (|) followed by the text you want displayed:

[[My target page|My special link text]]

In the wiki page view, the above markup displays as:

My special link text

The link text above will display in red to remind you that this page has yet to be created. For more information about creating a page, see Help:Starting a new page.

For links to a section on a page, where the section is an h2- through h6-level heading, thus automatically indexed by the wiki code, follow the page title as above by #sectionName, where sectionName is the exact heading title. Then append to the section name a vertical bar followed by the text you want displayed:

[[My target page#My section|My section]]

In the wiki page view, the above markup displays as:

My section

To create a link to a non-heading spot in a page, such as a specific paragraph, use a div to create an anchor on the target page at the spot you want to link to:

<div id="NameOfAnchorHere"></div>

This anchor is not visible in the wiki page view.

You would then create the link as:

[[PageName#NameOfAnchorHere|link_text]]

For more information about formatting variations of the above types of links as well as other kinds of links, including external links, those to a target outside of the wiki, see Help:Links.

For a description of how to link to a PDF file that has been uploaded to the wiki, see Linking to an uploaded PDF, below.

Syntax diagrams

One of the most common documentation structures is a syntax diagram. Syntax diagrams show the format of a command, statement, or method invocation. While some of the syntax diagrams are generated from the Model 204 code (all methods, for example), much of the work of indicating syntax must be done manually. And there is no macro language for specifying the key elements of syntax diagrams.

The first rule of syntax diagrams is that they must be contained inside a <p> element with a class of syntax:

<p class="syntax"> ... syntax diagram goes here </p>

There are other rules that must be observed:

  • All keywords that must be typed literally as in the syntax diagram must start with an uppercase character.
  • All syntax terms that are not literals should start with lowercase letters.
  • Camel case should be used for artifical compound word such as, for example, veryImportantParameter. Of course, keywords can also use this kind of captilization but, because keywords must begin with upper case characters, the casing is, strictly speaking, referred to as Pascal case.
  • Optional words or phrases must be inside of square brackets. These can be nested if, for example, an optional keyword appears inside an optional clause. Note that for Callable methods, the target (including the equal sign) should be inside square brackets. Note also that, strictly speaking, the syntax diagram for functions is not really correct as a function can be used in a context where its result is not assigned to a variable, but the standard syntax diagram shows an assignment to a variable. It's not obvious how we can make the syntax diagram more accurate without losing information or making it needlessly complex.
  • Similary, methods can apply to variables or the results of expressions. This dichotomy can be expressed by not using the percent sign in the syntax term for the method object (nor for parameters). This "rule" is currently not followed everywhere — some places use the percent sign at the start of syntax terms that might be variables or results of expressions and some don't. For now, the recommendation is that the percent sign be used only where a percent variable is required. Perhaps, some day, this will turn into a rule.
  • Use the standard Model 204 continuation character, hyphen (-), to continue each line whose syntax is continued on the next line. While more than 90% of the time syntax diagrams will refer to a single-line statement or a command, it's still good discipline to stick with this rule so that multi-line syntax is obvious.

Because syntax diagrams should be inside a <p> element, rather than, say, a <pre> element, wiki markup is allowed inside the block. This means, that you can include a link to a section that provides more detail about a word or phrase. For example, if there is a syntax term in a syntax diagram called eve, and a section called All about eve, a syntax diagram might be coded as follows:

<p class="syntax">object:foo([[All about eve|eve]]) </p>

In current practice, however, a link within syntax is uncommon and the technique is more often used within code examples.

Note that in the above example, the syntax diagram starts on the same line as the <p class="syntax"> tag. This is because starting the syntax diagram on the following line results in an extra, unnecessary blank line at the top of the box that contains the syntax diagram in the output wiki page. There is no known work-around for this.

It is generally a good idea to try to get the terms in a syntax diagram to line up "nicely" if the diagram extends beyond one line. Obviously, "nicely" is a term that leaves a lot of room for interpretation but, since <p class="syntax"> blocks are always displayed in a monospace font, it shouldn't be a daunting task to make words in multiple lines line up for readability.

There are also no guidelines for the width of syntax diagram lines, but making lines too long can result in them running off the end of the page/scrolling or becoming difficult to scan because of the number of characters on a single line. To get a long syntax to fit on one line, try making the font a bit smaller for that paragraph. The font-size attribute in this example causes the font to display at 98% of its usual size:

<p class="syntax" style="font-size:98%"> </p>

Use a font-size percentage instead of a fixed font size. Sometimes a reduction by just one or two percentage points can make the text fit.

Examples

Code examples are much like syntax diagrams but they use the code class, like this:

<p class="code">for %x from 1 to %myStringList:Count if %myStringList(%x):subString(1,3) eq ':h2' then printText this is a header: {%myStringlist(%x)} end if end for ... </p>

Notes:

  • M204wiki practice is to put the first line in the example on the same line as the <p class="code"> tag, and, by default, to start immediately after (no blanks) the closing angle bracket of that tag.
  • If certain characters (like asterisk, period, hyphen) occupy the first position of an example line, they will be interpreted as wiki markup, so you can do one of the following to prevent this:
    • Put a blank in position one and the character in position two.
    • Specify their equivalent HTML decimal or entity code (for example, for an asterisk, use &#42;)
    • Enclose the character in the <nowiki> tag (for example, for an asterisk, use <nowiki>*</nowiki>).
      If several items in an example are problematic, such as horizontal lines used for column headers, enclose the entire example in <nowiki> tags.
  • Due to a long-standing (2001) bug in the FireFox browser, a cut-and-paste of a M204wiki code example to a text editor loses its line-breaks using FireFox. A workaround is to select and right-click the code example, select View Selection Source in the context menu, then copy and paste the example from the resulting DOM Source of Selection window.

Tables

M204wiki documentation uses tables extensively, and it uses XHTML tags to create the tables. By default, the M204wiki <table> tag and attributes are styled to include background shading and solid borderlines, and most notably to italicize (as well as bold) the content of <th> cells.

For example, the following table is produced by the code shown below the table:

%outString A variable to receive the string result of the Unspace method.
string The input method object string
Spaces Spaces is an optional, name required, parameter that is a string that specifies the set of characters considered to be whitespace.

If you specify multiple Spaces characters, the first character of the string is the replacement space character.

<table> <tr><th>%outString</th> <td>A variable to receive the string result of the <var>Unspace</var> method.</td></tr> <tr><th>string</th> <td>The input method object string</td></tr> <tr><th><var>Spaces</var></th> <td><var>Spaces</var> is an optional parameter that is a string that specifies the set of characters considered to be whitespace. <p> If you specify multiple <var>Spaces</var> characters, the first character of the string is the replacement space character.</p> </td></tr> </table>

Notes about the table example:

  • As is typical, the <table> tag is used without any qualifying class. If you want to create a table that does not have solid borders, for example, you would code the tag as <table class="noBorder"> to use the M204wiki stylesheet overrides noBorder class which specifies a transparent border.
  • Each HTML tag is explicitly started and has an explicit end tag.
  • In this example, the table has no column headings and no preceding caption. This is frequently the case with M204wiki tables.
    • To create a heading row, tag the row (<tr>) with the "head" class, and tag each cell in the row with <th>. The "head" class prevents text in such headings from wrapping (probably what you want), and it makes the heading text non-italic. For example:

      <tr class="head"> <th>A wordy column-heading title</th><th>Another wordy column-heading title<th> </tr>

      If you want bold, non-italic headings that can wrap, do not apply the "head" class to the row -- instead apply the "thJustBold" class (mentioned below) to the entire table (<table class="thJustBold">).

    • To create a table caption, specify a <caption> tag after the <table> tag and before any heading tags. For example:

      <table> <caption>My favorite table></caption> <tr><th>%outString</th> ... </table>

      The caption will display in bold text above, and centered with respect to, the table. The default amount of space between the caption and the table varies with browser type.

  • To divide a cell's content into blank-separated paragraphs, you explicitly use a starting and ending paragraph tag (<p>), as in row 3.
  • The cells in the non-heading, first column in the table are tagged with <th>, which makes the cell content bold and italic. The following are alternatives to this default for the non-heading, first-column content:
    Desired effect Technique
    Some non-italic (but still auto-bold) items Enclose the non-italic content within <var> tags (see Spaces in row 3, column 1).
    All not auto-italic and not auto-bold
    (that is, like this table)
    Use the <td> tag instead of the <th> tag, which will remove the automatic italic and bold.
    All not auto-italic (but still auto-bold) Use the <table class="thJustBold"> tag, and keep the first-column <th> tags.

    Note: Tag heading rows with <tr class="head">...unless you want them to wrap.

    Note: To keep text from wrapping, use <td nowrap>, as shown in the first column of the previous table:

    <td nowrap>Some non-italic (but still auto-bold) items</td>

    Notice how using nowrap on one cell is sufficient to prevent text wrapping in its entire column.

Figure captions

A figure can be anything called out for purposes of illustration: a screen shot, a graphic, or a lengthy code sample.

Captions are not required for figures. If a figure can benefit from a caption, add the caption above the figure by using the <p class="caption"> tag, which will center and bold the caption text. Use sentence case for the caption, and do not include the word "Figure." Append the style="margin-right:XXem" attribute to the "p" tag to center the figure manually; XX is often around 15 or greater. If figure is a graphic image, append style="width:XXpx" instead, where XX is the exact width of the image in pixels, which you can get from the image's source file (File:imagename.jpg, for example).

This code:

<p class="caption" style="margin-right:15em">QA environment screen</p>

Produces this caption:

QA environment screen

See also: Graphics and PDFs, below.

Bulleted and numbered lists

To list items that are not in a particular order, make a bulleted list, using the unordered list tag ul.

For steps that must be done in order, make a numbered list, using the ordered list tag ol.

A bulleted list:

  • elephant
  • xylophone

A numbered list:

  1. Log in to the wiki.
  2. Navigate to the page that you want:
    1. Enter a string in the Search field at the top of the page.
    2. Select a page name from the list returned by the search engine.
  3. Click the Edit tab at the top of the page to begin editing the wiki page.

The previous example creates substeps in an ordered list of steps by nesting another ordered list. Use a different numbering convention for the substeps by specifying a different numbering type, such as "a":

<ol type="1|a|A|i|I">

Notes and warnings

Notes

Note paragraphs call attention to particular information you want to emphasize. Often such a note is a sentence or two, but sometimes it may include an example or additional paragraph(s). Examples follow:

Note: Only a declared Recordset object variable may be the
target of such a Find statement: that is, a Recordset member invocation is not allowed to be the target.

The markup for this indented note uses the <p class="note"> tag and an explicitly bolded Note::

<p class="note"><b>Note:</b> Only a declared <var>Recordset</var> object variable may be the target of such a Find statement: that is, a <var>Recordset</var> member invocation is not allowed to be the target. </p>

If a note extends beyond a single paragraph or includes an example or list, however, you must use a <blockquote class="note"> tag (that is, not <p class="note">) to enclose the entire note. Here is an example:

Note: As shown earlier, the Recordset object declaration specifies the file or group context to which the Find statements apply. The In File and In Group clauses in the statements above must agree with their corresponding object declarations. For an example where an In Group clause is more meaningful, see "Selecting group members". If there is no In File or In Group clause, there must be a default file context.

Here is the markup:

<blockquote class="note"><b>Note:</b> As shown earlier, the <var>Recordset</var> object declaration specifies the file or group context to which the Find statements apply. The <var>In File</var> and <var>In Group</var> clauses in the statements above <b>must</b> agree with their corresponding object declarations. For an example where an <var>In Group</var> clause is more meaningful, see [[Recordset class#Selecting group members|"Selecting group members"]]. <p> If there is no <var>In File</var> or <var>In Group</var> clause, there must be a default file context.</p> </blockquote>

For messages that deserve greater emphasis than a Note but do not concern a risk of losing data or data integrity, use a Note but also use italics or boldface for part or all of the message text.

Warnings

If you need to provide a note that has greater urgency, say to warn users about an operation's potential serious consequences to their system or data, use a paragraph with a warn class, and use the prefix Attention:. Here is example markup:

<p class="warn"><b>Attention:</b> To ensure file integrity, it is strongly recommended that you never reset the FISTAT (file status) parameter when it is set to the file-physically-inconsistent flag until just before you reorganize the file. However, you must reset FISTAT before you reorganize a physically inconsistent file. </p>

The above warning displays with top and bottom horizontal bars:

Attention: To ensure file integrity, it is strongly recommended that you never reset the FISTAT (file status) parameter when it is set to the file-physically-inconsistent flag until just before you reorganize the file. However, you must reset FISTAT before you reorganize a physically inconsistent file.

As with Note messages:

  • Warnings longer than a single paragraph require <blockquote="warn"> rather than <p="warn">.
  • To provide greater emphasis to Attention messages that deserve it, use italics or boldface for part or all of the message text.

Categories and Lists

Rocket has avoided the use of third-party add-on modules to MediaWiki in order to make it easy for sites to take local copies of M204wiki material without having to validate and install extra software. Unfortunately, that leaves out a few useful features, like Dynamic Page Lists (DPL) which make up for some of the shortcomings of the default MediaWiki Category technology. Our compromise has been to use both MediaWiki categories and to create hand-built 'list' pages, buttressed by some SOUL consistency checks.

The standard MediaWiki category page is less informative than a hand-built list, but it updates itself (nearly) automatically. The hand-built list is at risk of being out of date, but it is also more useful as a quick cheat sheet for a set of related methods or functions.

Some lists, such as the List of standard $functions, are generated by SOUL code (in this case, by the FUNSCHECK.WIKI procedure, which operates against the underlying $functions category page) for greater accuracy. Other lists have not yet had the SOUL built to generate them from their associated category pages (for example, the List of JANUS WEB subcommands and the JANUS WEB subcommands category page). And some lists, such as the hand-built List of Fast/Unload $functions, do not have specific category pages to reference so they are harder to generate with SOUL.

PDFs of the contents of Category pages

Most Category pages have a link to create a PDF file that contains all the categories on the page. That PDF will also include any Subcategory entries on the page if the MediaWiki link that placed the subcategory items onto the Category:Commands page is appropriately edited on the "home Category page" of those subcategories. This is also true for the sidebar link "PDF of this page."

For example, the "Operator commands" subcategory on the "Category:Commands" page is ordinarily the result of a [[Category:Commands]] tag on the "Operator commands" page source. If that markup is changed to [[Category:Commands| Operator commands]] (note space before "Operator"), the "Operator commands" subcategory on the "Category:Commands" page will display as before and in the same position except without a bold "O" heading for items that begin with the letter "O". If the other subcategories on the "Category:Commands" page are similarly edited, PDFs of the "Category:Commands" page will include the subcategories.

Note: The subcategory links in the online PDF will go to a PDF page that displays a linked list of the pages in the subcategory, but the links in the list are to the M204wiki page and not to an expansion of the page within the PDF).

Graphics and PDFs

Formatting for a graphic image

Model 204 documentation on M204wiki contains few graphics (images). For an M204wiki example, see Using the CCAJRNL data set.

Note: This example demonstrates:

  • The explicit specification of the image's width, which is necessary if you will be captioning the graphic figure (as described above in Figure captions.
  • The use of the <p class="figure"> tag.

For more information about using graphics on an M204wiki page, see Figure captions, above, and also see Help:Images.

Locating an uploaded PDF

To locate a .pdf file that has been uploaded to M204wiki, you can search for File:filename, where filename is the full name of the PDF file. Or you can specify the URL http://m204wiki.rocketsoftware.com/index.php/File:filename. Both methods will bring you to the "home page" of the file, from which you can invoke the PDF.

From the PDF's home page, you can also hover your mouse over the link to the PDF, which will reveal the URL of the file. You can then use that URL to code links to directly invoke the PDF without having first to go to its home page.

For example, File:JoclrNew.pdf is the home page of the Janus Open Client PDF. On that page, hovering the mouse over the large icon of the file (or simply clicking the icon to open the PDF), reveals the file's URL: http://m204wiki.rocketsoftware.com/images/4/4a/JoclrNew.pdf.

Linking to an uploaded PDF

To create a link from wiki page text to an uploaded PDF, the preferred option is to use the "Media:" prefix. For example:

<var class="book">[[Media:JoclrNew.pdf|Janus Open Client Reference Manual]]</var>

On the rendered page, the actual link looks like this: Janus Open Client Reference Manual

Alternatively, you can use the uploaded PDF's exact URL to create a link:

<var class="book">[http://m204wiki.rocketsoftware.com/images/4/4a/JoclrNew.pdf Janus Open Client Reference Manual]</var>

In text, this link displays with the external-link arrow icon: Janus Open Client Reference Manual

PDF viewer

It is likely that when you invoke the PDF, it will display in your browser's own PDF-viewer plug-in. This viewer lacks some of the functionality of the Adobe Reader plug-in, which may take some extra effort on your part to make available. For some information about setting up your browser to use the Adobe plug-in, see this recent Adobe Help page or see your browser's Help.

Wiki page appearance

Section numbering

By default, the sections in the table of contents at the top of most pages is automatically numbered. The section headings themselves in the actual page content are not numbered by default, but you can override this default by changing your user preferences:

  1. At the top of any page, select the my preferences link.
  2. On the Preferences page, select the Appearance tab, then in the Advanced options section, select the Auto-number headings checkbox.
  3. Click the Save button on the bottom of the page.

To remove the section numbering in the table of contents itself on, say, a page like New and updated messages in Model 204 version 7.5, insert this at the top of the page:

<div class="noautonum">__TOC__</div>

TOC levels

To limit the number of levels that display in the table of contents, enter a command such as the following at the top of the page:

<div class="toclimit-3">

Add the corresponding </div> at the bottom of the page (or wherever you want to TOC limit to end); a comment would also be helpful:

</div> <!-- end of toc limit div -->

Skins

The look and feel of the wiki interface is controlled by code called a "skin." The default skin is named Vector, and the optional skins are Monobook and Modern. The look and feel varies between skins, but the interface components are largely the same, though perhaps in different colors or in a different location on the page.

Note: Although the non-default skins are available, they may contain anomalies: the Vector default receives by far the most attention, testing, and customizing by the M204wiki editors.

Any user can change their skin:

  1. At the top of any page, select the Preferences link.
  2. On the Preferences page, select the Appearance tab, then in the Skin section, select the radio button for the skin you want.
  3. Note that you can preview what the skins look like.

  4. Click the Save button on the bottom of the page.

One notable appearance difference under Vector (only) is that the width of the page content window is limited: as the size of your browser window is expanded horizontally, the Vector content window reaches its limit and does not expand further.

In cases where you want additional content width, you can hide the left-navigation sidebar and have its width added to the content window. To expand the viewing area of the page, click the Toggle sidebar option in the down-arrow tab at the top of the page adjacent to the View history tab:

TogSidebar.png

See also