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Any registered user is free to edit and expand upon this page.

Here are some useful resources from around the Internet that you can read to help you get started on your new alternate history timeline!

Wiki Editing

Before you start working on your timeline, it's important that you first learn how to create and edit pages on any MediaWiki-based site if you have never written content on wikis before.

To view the source of a page, click on "Edit" on one of the upper tabs of the page. It will bring up the editor, and if you choose you can make changes to the page and save it. If the page is edit-protected and you do not have the permission to make changes, you can still view the source code for the page by clicking the tab "View Source".

MediaWiki-based sites use a markup called Wikitext. It is easy to learn and non-intimidating to use, as it is a lightweight markup language so it's mostly just plain text and there's no need for full HTML or nested elements wrapped around over each other. Here are some guides that you can follow to get started.

The editor has two modes, the Wikitext editor, which is default on this wiki, and the VisualEditor, which is a WYSIWYG editor and requires JavaScript. The editor allows switching between the two modes by clicking the pencil icon on the toolbar which opens a drop-down menu to select between the two, and you can set your default mode in your user preferences under the Beta Features tab. Note that the VisualEditor and the 2017 wikitext editor requires JavaScript and an up-to-date browser in order to be used.

Although the VisualEditor formats the page as you edit, we recommend using the Wikitext editor as it allows you to actually see the markup how the structure is laid out just by typing without the need to use tools.

If you use an older browser that does not support the VisualEditor or have JavaScript disabled, the site will revert to use the older wikitext editor.

If you want to try it out, or if you know how already and want to test your editing skills, then you can practice on the wiki sandbox, or create your own sandbox as a subpage to your user page.

Introduction to Alternate History

Free media repositories

Software and Tools

Here's a list of software and tools which are free to use that can help you make custom content for your projects. You may also want to look for tutorials on how to use these software. Most of these software are also cross platform and able to run on multiple operating systems.

  • Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor. Images are saved as SVG, and can also export image as PNG.
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program, raster graphics editor that is a free and open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
  • FlagMaker-2, A Java-based program that can be used to easily design flags, which can be exported as either SVG or PNG.
  • FlagMaker Jr., the web-based version of FlagMaker that allows you to design and export/download flags from your browser without the need to download and install additional programs.