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Wiki Markup

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The Wiki markup engine used by FinScribe turns text that contains simple markup into fully formatted HTML. The markup consists of the symbols added to the text you type that tells the FinScribe wiki engine to format the relevant text in a particular way. These markup commands make it simple to generate richly formatted pages without having to learn complicated codes or language.

1 Title


a style 1 heading (major heading)
1.1 Title


a style 1.1 heading (minor heading)
- text
  • text
a list item (with -), several lines create a single list
* text
  • text
a list item (with *)
1. text
  1. text
an enumerated list
a. text
  1. text
alphabetical enumerated list
A. text
  1. text
uppercase alphabetical enumerated list
i. text
  1. text
roman enumerated list
I. text
  1. text
uppercase roman enumerated list
g. text
  1. text
greek enumerated list
h. text
  1. text
hiragana (japanese) enumerated list
k. text
  1. text
katakana (japanese) enumerated list
__bold__ bold simple bold text
~~italics~~ italics simple italic text
{{monospace}} monospace monospace text
??citation?? citation citation
--strike-- strike strike through text
+underscore+ underscore underline (editing/insertion mark) text
^superscript^ superscript superscript
~subscript~ subscript subscript
(empty line) produces a new paragraph
\\ creates a line break, please use sparingly!
[start] start internal link to another document
http://apple.com/ [external]http://apple.com creates a link to an external resource, special characters that come after the URL and are not part of it must be separated with a space.
\X { escape special character X (i.e. {)
Ctrl or Alt or Shift or Cmd or Meta or Option-X Ctrl-C Describe a keystroke, rendering varies based on theme.
-- (2 hyphens) -- insert an en-dash
--- (3 hyphens) --- insert an em-dash
---- (4+ hyphens)
creates a horizontal rule


FinScribe includes a number of macros, which are split into a set of core macros that are always available, as well as macros provided by various plugins, which may be enabled by a system administrator on a case-by-case basis.

Macros enable a page author to add extra functionality or include dynamic content on a page. Each macro has a name that's used to identify it and a given macro is specified in a page by surrounding its name by curly braces. For example:



Each macro may take one or more arguments that control the way the macro works, and may also take a piece of content to operate on, in which case we call that macro a "container". A macro that is a container consists of a matching pair of {macro} tags with the content in between.

For example:

{my_container_macro}Some content{my_macro_container}


A macro that takes arguments specifies its arguments by passing them after the macro name, separated from the macro name by a colon. Multiple arguments are separated from each other by a "pipe" symbol (|). Note that there should not be any spaces between any of the elements in a macro definition. For example:


Macros in HTML content

Macros are also available in FinScribe pages that use HTML format, as well. Each macro is available in HTML format as a tag or container with the same name as the macro. Arguments are passed as attributes to the tag or container in the standard HTML fashion.

For example:

<mymacro arg1="value1" arg2="value2" argN="valueN">


<my_macro_container>Some content</my_macro_container>


An example of a macro that doesn't take any arguments:


In HTML Mode:


An example of a macro that takes a few arguments:


In HTML Mode:

<weblog path="some/path" max="25">

An example of a container macro that doesn't require arguments:

{tip}Here's a helpful tip{tip}

In HTML mode:

<tip>Here's a helpful tip</tip>

An example of a container macro that takes arguments:


In HTML Mode:

<api lang="pike">sscanf</api>

Available Macros

The following table lists all of the wiki macros bundled in these two categories and lists the plugin that provides each macro.

Macro Plugin Container Description
table core Y
link core N
hello core N
break core N
code core Y
quote core Y
boggle core
api core
macro-list core N
image core
weblog core N
object-index core N
attachment-index core N
category-index core N
category-output core
subpage-output core
deck core Y
page core Y
card core Y
folder core Y
warning core Y
note core Y
info core Y
tip core Y
include core N
album album
category-cloud category_cloud N
search-dialog fulltext N
search-results fulltext N
gravatar gravatar N
recent-changes recent_changes N
rss-reader rss_reader N
rss-output rss_reader Y

Link Macro


where target is the (optional) text containing the link, url is the linked url and img is an optional argument that disables the "external link" icon that appears next to each link.

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