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Here are some useful resources from around the Internet that you can read to help you get started on your new alternate history timeline!
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.
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.
- Wikitext editing guide, with list for each topic. Some basic topics you need to know:
- How to create a new page
- How to start editing
- Basic formatting and syntax
- Different ways on how to put links to other pages
- How to insert images
- How to make lists
- How to make tables
- How to create and add pages to categories
- How to add templates to your pages and use them
- How to create subpages
- How to upload and use images and other media files
- How to rename a page and use redirect links
- How to cite your sources
- Full Wikitext documentation on Wikipedia
- Wikitext Cheatsheet
- Wikitext examples
- Markup for images and videos
- Markup for audio files
- Table guide
- A quick guide to templates
- How to use the VisualEditor
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
- Help:Guide to Alternate History - Our quick in-wiki explanation on what alternate history is, and its concept and elements as a literary genre.
- Help:Glossary - Our glossary on the lexicon and terminology used for alternate history and its fandom.
- Wikipedia article on alternate history
- alternatehistory.org FAQ
- Terminology category on AltHistory FANDOM
Free media repositories
- Wikimedia Commons has a large image repository of over 70 million free-to-use media files, and is used for media files on Wikipedia. Images can be linked and inserted directly via InstantCommons.
- Miraheze Commons
- Flickr and Flickr Commons
- U.S. Library of Congress and their Free to Use and Reuse Sets
- Smithsonian Libraries
- Some videos on YouTube are uploaded under Creative Commons licenses
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.