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How to create a HandWiki article

Registered users can create articles in the usual MediaWiki style. See Special:CreateAccount about how to create a HandWiki account. An easy way to create a new article, manual, monograph and a book is to use the Article creation wizard:

Create a new article

(login required). Select a topic and type the name of the future article. The next page gives your suggestion for similar articles. If you do not see your article among the existing, click the new UR and press "Create".

You can also import the existing Wikipedia articles. Instead typing a name of the new article, copy and paste the full URL of the Wikipedia article. For example, if you write


This will reformat the Wikipedia article and update the internal links. If the Wikipedia article has the prefix "Draft:", this prefix will be removed.

Manual creation of articles

Alternatively, you can simply add your "article" by entering this URL:


This means you now create an article in the "Main Namespace". As a rule, such articles should be about mathematical, statistical, computers and programming language terms, i.e. they should be sufficiently general and can be shared by many fields of formal and natural sciences. Do not forget to add the corresponding "Category" at the button of the page as seen here:

[[Category:My category]]

All categories can be found in Special:Categories. For example, if you describe a programming language, add this:

[[Category:Programming languages]]

All other articles for a certain topic should be created in a dedicated MediaWiki namespace, i.e. as "Namespace:article", where "Namespace" refers to a specific topic. For example, an article about physics should be posted to the namespace Physics as:


The following dedicated namespaces are available to created an articles (100-5000 words):

Note that the column ":" at the end of the namespace is important. It indicates the "namespace" (or topic) of the articles.

Books, Manuals and Monographs

There are 3 special namespaces that should be used to create books and manual. They are not topic specific, so they can be used for any scientific field. These namespaces are:

  • Book: (one book can use several wiki pages)
  • Manual: (one manual can use several wiki pages)
  • Monograph: (one monograph uses a single wiki page)

A book typically uses many wiki pages. You can find an example in here. You should contact admin@handwiki.org if you would like to start a new book that uses multiple pages, so an administrator will create a dedicated top-level page. Manuals have a similar structure as the books, but they discuss technical aspects.

A monograph is "a detailed study on a single specialized subject". A monograph should use a single wiki page located inside the namespace "Monograph:". To create a monograph, simply create a page:


where "Title" is the title of your monograph. The title will be included to the table of content automatically, as you can see in HandWiki Monographs.

Using "underscore (topic)" style for the names of the articles (similar to Wikipedia/Everipedia) is discouraged. Doing so makes the names of the articles too long. If a term belongs to a particular topic, move it under the appropriate namespace, i.e. "Calorimeter_(physics)" should be moved to "Physics:Calorimeter".

In addition, one can create more extended "lectures" or "online books" using this method:


where "Title" is the name of the book (which is, obviously, about physics since it is located in the "Physics" namespace). In this case, one can create a table of content from chapter1" and "chapter2" automatically.

If manuals or lectures are inside a dedicated namespace (i.e. Physics:Title), it is also possible to protect such material from editing by other users or attaching a more restrictive license. This is especially important for various manuals where editing by other users is not a good option.

Creating a biography

The namespace "Biography:" is document biographies of prominent researches. If a HandWiki article contains a reference to a work of researcher, than this researcher deserves an entry in the "Biography:" namespace. The entry should be added as:


A biography must contain internal links to the HandWiki articles where your work is easy to identify (i.e. it should contain a reference on articles in peer-reviewed journals and where your contribution is clearly stated). The reason for this is that the automatic scripts used by HandWiki may remove biographies that do not link any internal articles with your name, or references.

A biography should have the category listed in HandWiki:Biography, otherwise it will be difficult to find it.

Protected namespaces

If you would like to create an article that is only visible for registered users, use the namespace called "Private:". For example, this article Private:UploadBibTex can only be seen for the registered users since it is under the "Private" namespace:


Note that such articles are not scanned by external search engines.