Any web page can have links, but on a wiki, links are critical.
Much of the power, expressiveness, and utility of wikis comes from
effective linking, leading the reader efficiently from topic to topic. A
wiki article without links is like a room without exits.
In this chapter, we’ll discuss:
Internal links within a single wiki
External links to other websites
Interwiki links between wikis
Interlanguage links between translations of the same
Graphical links that use graphics instead of text
File links to files on a local computer
Linking tips for effective wiki articles
An internal link leads to another page on
the same wiki. It’s simple to create an internal link: just type the
name of the target page surrounded by double square brackets:
Here’s an example of an internal link placed conversationally
within a sentence:
It's cheaper to purchase [[dog food]] in bulk.
This displays a link to the wiki article
[[dog food]] and
[[Dog food]] are equivalent,
pointing to the same article. The link
Food]] with a capital “F” refers to a different article,
however. MediaWiki’s rules of case-sensitivity are quirky, but they
make sense when you’re used to them. The sidebar Article Titles and Case-Sensitivity” explains these rules in
MediaWiki article titles are generally plain, conversational
dog food or
building a dog house. Some other wikis prefer “camel-case” article titles, like DogFood or BuildingADogHouse. ...