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Welcome to the Assistance reading room where Wikibookians help each other solve problems encountered while contributing to books or otherwise taking part in the Wikibooks community.

How do you find and use a template?[edit]

Hello, I would like to find out how to make a Wikipage look nice by using a template and how to add it into the edit box! Thank you Vikitheaustrian (discusscontribs) 17:55, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Vikitheaustrian. I moved your request from the talk page into the main page.<r>

Now , as for your question , it's easy.

  1. Open the Templates page(or search for Templates) and find the template that you want. I assume that you'll be looking at the Content section.
  2. On the template(main) page , in the Markup(or on the template section if you've clicked the template already) , there will be something looking like this with the right hand side(Display) or the template itself showing what it does. Copy that wikitext into the Editor box. It'll look something like this - {{Helpful hint|hint=Give a hint here}}.
  3. Click the template itself on the other page and read any instructions that may apply to the template.

If you have any queries , do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks , --Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 18:07, 10 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi! I was wondering if one of you wonderful people could help me with putting citations in? Thanks :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:05, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

@Craigpaton27 - Hey, have you tried ? --atcovi (talk) 16:14, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
@atcovi - Thank you! :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:25, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
No problem, glad to help :-) --atcovi (talk) 16:26, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello! I am having a little trouble trying to group citations from the same author - each time I try I end ruining the layout of the original reference!! Would someone be able to explain to me how to group citations from the same author? Thank you very much! :D Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 13:52, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The pretty formatting of citations is much easier if you use templates. Compare the before / after in this edit where I've changed one reference to use the {{cite}} template. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:06, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much QuiteUnusual ! That looks a lot more straightforward! Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 00:23, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

LaTeX book compilation[edit]

I have extracted the source code of the book as it says in the first page but when I try to compile it writing "pdflatex main.tex" it says that pdflatex isn't installed. What does it mean that the book has a configured version of pdflatex then?

Adding photos[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if anybody could explain to me how to add a photo to a project. I think I know how to get the general picture in but I'm not sure about resizing or moving it to a different section. Thanks :) HannahDixon2015 (discusscontribs) 13:25, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

See Using Wikibooks/Inserting Images. If you need further help after reading it then ask again here. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 13:50, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
No that's perfect, thanks for the help! HannahDixon2015 (discusscontribs) 17:52, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Does it fit Wikibook?[edit]

Hi, I wish to create a manual of the climbing locations in Portugal and I'm not sure if it fits Wikibooks. It should be a description of the different climbing locations with diagrams explaining the climbing routes that are included in each location and how to get there. Initially I though on Wiki-voyage, but it seems as too specific for that project, and usually some of this information in more popular destinations around the world are found in a book format.

An example of a diagram that shows routes 22 through 35 with respective difficulty is shown below. Accompanying each diagram should be: the name of the route, the person that equipped it, length.

Sesimbra portugal dos pequeninos.svg

Each location should have a section with the history of it and relevant information. --Shil88 (discusscontribs) 17:26, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes that seems to fit here. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)