An internal link is used to direct the user to another page within the UNB wiki. These internal links are the most effective way to connect entries and are an indispensable component of user navigability through the wiki.
To create an internal link, enclose the title of the destination entry with double square brackets on either side:
- If the destination entry exists and has been entered correctly (remember that Mediawiki is case sensitive - the first thing that the contributor should check for if a link does not work is the spelling and capitalization of the destination entry within the WikiTextEditor code), an operational link will be created.
- If the destination entry does not exist, the hyperlink created will connect to a new page upon which an entry can be created, either immediately or in the future. The practice of creating links to non-existent pages is called lazy linking - this can be an effective way to communicate to other contributors the pages that need to be created in the future.
Linking with Alternate Text
Sometimes the exact title of a page is not ideal to insert into a sentence as a hyperlink. Instead, the ideal practice is to represent the hyperlink as text that flows within the entry.
Linking to a Specific Place on a Page
There may be circumstances in which linking to a the top of a page is ineffective, as the reader will then have to read through a body of text or scroll through the page to locate the reference. Linking to a specific place on an entry or page requires the use of an anchor.
- This is particularly relevant for larger pages with a lot of content.
- For these functions the WikiTextEditor is most effective.
- Remember to verify capitalization and spelling of titles when creating links.
1. Some anchors exist naturally within a page. All of the section headers are anchors and can be easily identified by their presence in the Table of Contents at the top of a given page:
2. Some entries may not be effectively broken up by headers, while some sections might be too long for linking to the header to be an effective solution - do not fear! There is a way to manually create an anchor on a page, but the WikiTextEditor must be used: