This installation of Friki uses "classic" formatting.

In this style page formatting is based on the style used in the "original" Wiki described at Wiki:TextFormattingRules.

Text is mostly displayed as you have typed it. To prevent problems with rendering HTML, important characters such as '<'. '>, and '&' are "escaped". HTML normally joins lines and wraps the result, so to start a new paragraph, you need to put a blank line (which will be converted to a <p> tag). "Classic" markup also adds ways to indicate emphasis, strong emphasis, and so on.

The thing that makes this a "Wiki", and not just a collection of editable pages is the ability to create "links" between pages. In the "classic" formatting, a link is identified by creating a Wiki:WikiWord - placing two or more initial-capitalised words together (eg. FrontPage; this style is also known as Wiki:CamelCase). If the page exists, you'll see a link to it, if it doesn't exist yet, you'll see the name followed by a '?', which you can click to create the page.

The rules are described in more detail below.


  • Use doubled single-quotes ('') for emphasis (usually italics)
  • Use tripled single-quotes (''') for strong emphasis (usually bold)
  • Emphasis can be used multiple times within a line, but cannot span across line boundaries
  • Use doubled asterisks (**) for creating a headline like the one at the top of each page
  • Use double underline (__) for text set in a monospaced font


  • JoinCapitalizedWords to make references to other pages on this Wiki.
  • Precede URLs with "http:", "ftp:", "gopher:", "mailto:", or "news:" to create links automatically as in:
  • You can also make "pretty" URLs by preceding them with a description in double quotes, like this: "Yahoo" results in Yahoo
  • Intra-page links can be made by using a hash marks between the page name and target name. This ("Link"PageFormatting#some-name) Link will jump to the bottom of the page.
  • Refer to pages on other Wikis using "interwiki" syntax as described at MeatBall:InterMap (see related FrikiInterWiki?)
  • Use Six Single Quotes to AvoidMakingReferencesToOtherPagesOnThisWiki, or separate suffixes (like 's') (eg. FrontPages).
  • ISBN 0-13-748310-4 links to a bookseller. (The pattern is: "ISBN", optional colon, space, ten digits with optional hyphens, the whole thing optionally in square brackets. The last digit can be an "X".) We are an Amazon Associate.
  • I S B N: 0123456789 becomes ISBN 0123456789
  • [I S B N 0123456789] becomes ISBN 0123456789
  • [I S B N: 123-456-789-X] becomes ISBN 123-456-789-X


  • URLs of objects ending with .gif, .jpg, .jpeg or .png are inlined as images.
  • To specify the size, use [width]*[height]:[URL], e.g. 100*50:
  • Image links are possible via ""
  • Images can be left-aligned by prefixing them with "`": `
  • Images can be right-aligned by prefixing them with "~": ~
  • Images can be centered by prefixing them with "^": ^

Horizontal Lines

  • Four or more hyphens at the beginning of a line make a horizontal rule

Bullets or Numbered Lists

  • One line for each item
  • tab * (or 8 spaces and *), for first level
  • tab tab * for second level, etc.
  • Use * for bullet lists, 1. for numbered lists (mix at will) -- always use 1., it will be renumbered automagically.

Definition Lists

  • tab term colon tab Definition, for example:

first term
This is first definition.
second term
This is the second definition.


  • Indent with one or more spaces to use a monospace font:

This is text in a monospaced font.
  This is indented with three spaces.
This is not.

Indented Paragraphs (Quotes)

  • tab space : tab may be used (often with emphasis) for quotations.


This is quoted.
This isn't.

Preformatted Blocks

  • A line ending with '[' starts a preformatted block, which runs up to the next line which starts with ']'. Within a preformatted block WikiWords, lists, quotes, tables etc. have no significance, and indentation is preserved. Typically preformatted blocks are used for source code examples, or other complex text.
  • It is also possible to have a preformatted block syntax-colored. This works thanks to the JHighlight library. Instead of starting a block with '[', prepend a single character indicating the language in which to color the block: J for Java, X for XML and HTML, S for JavaScript, G for Groovy and C for C and C++. Here's an example for Java (which accordingly start with "J["):

    // comment about fancy objects
    FancyObject myFO = new FancyObject("foo""bar"42);

    @SomeAssertion("some value")
    public enum IceCream {
        VANILLA ("white"),
        STRAWBERRY ("pink"),
        WALNUT ("brown"),
        CHOCOLATE ("dark brown");


This Wiki implements Ward Cunningham's table syntax introduced for his Wiki at, but not yet propagated back to the original Wiki.

  • Any line starting and ending with | (with optional trailing whitespace) will appear as a table.
  • Separate columns with |
  • Empty cells are merged with adjacent cells to form single spanning cells.
  • If you really want an empty cell, put six-single-quotes in it, and it will show as empty.
  • You can put preformatted blocks in table cells using |[ and ]|
  • line breaks can be put into table cells through the *br* syntax

 Example Table
typewith spanningheader
cols and several columns with a
line break

Sortable tables

This is a sortable table. Click on any of the labels in the header row, and watch what happens. Be sure to turn JavaScript on.


Target of the intra-page link

  • Here (#some-name) is where the intra-page link jumps to: