Help:Links

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There are two main types of links that can be created on the the UBC Wiki:

  1. internal links to other pages in the wiki
  2. external links to other websites

Internal links

To add an internal link, enclose the name of the page you want to link to in double square brackets. When you save the page, you'll see the new link pointing to your page. If the page exists already it is displayed in blue, if it does not, in red. Selflinks to the current page are not transformed in URLs but displayed in bold. (If you really want to link to the current page, use an anchor (see below), or [[#top|current page]] which always links to the top.)

The first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized, unless otherwise set by the admins, and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link will have a similar effect as typing a space, but is not recommended, since the underscore will also be shown in the text).

Description You type You get
Internal link
[[Main Page]]
Main Page
Piped link
[[Main Page|different text]]
different text
Shortened sort-of-piped link
[[Internationalisation]]s
Internationalisations
Redirect
#REDIRECT [[Main Page]]

See also Help:Redirects

Main Page
Internal link to an anchor
[[#See also]]

Section headings and the top of the page are automatically anchored.

#See also
Internal link to an anchor at another page
[[Help:Formatting#See also]]

If two or more anchors have the same name, add a number, example: #See also2

Help:Formatting#See also
Internal link to the current page's talk page
[[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|Discussion]]
Discussion
Internal link to a subpage
[[/example]]

Shortcut for [[Help:Links/example]]. See also Help:Subpages.

/example
Internal link to a subpage without the leading slash
[[/example/]]

Shortcut for [[Help:Links/example|example]].

example
Internal link to a category page
[[:Category:Help]]

See also Help:Categories

Category:Help
Direct link to an image, pdf, or other file type (rather than linking to the file page)
[[media:example.jpg]]

[[media:example.pdf]]

See also Help:Adding Media

media:example.jpg

media:example.pdf

Internal link to the user's user page
[[Special:MyPage]]
Special:MyPage

External links

Description You type You get
External link http://mediawiki.org http://mediawiki.org
External link with different label [http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki] MediaWiki
Numbered external link [http://mediawiki.org] [1]
External links with file icons [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.avi video] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.ogg sound] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.pdf document]

Currently supported extensions: ogm, avi, mpeg, mpg (video); ogg, mid, midi, mp3, wav, wma (audio); and pdf (document)

video
sound
document

External link to the same host http://{{SERVERNAME}}/pagename http://wiki.ubc.ca/pagename
External link to other host passing the pagename http://google.com/search?q={{PAGENAMEE}} http://google.com/search?q=Links
Mailto link [mailto:info@example.org email me] email me
Mailto named with subject line and body [mailto:info@example.org?Subject=URL%20Encoded%20Subject&body=Body%20Text info] info

How to avoid auto-links

By default, when you write a URL as is, it will be transformed to an external link.

To avoid that effect, put the URL between <nowiki> tags as in:

<nowiki>http://mediawiki.org</nowiki>

See Also

Documentation:MediaWiki Basics/Modifying Link Behavior