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Public Lab Wiki documentation

Authoring Help

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Intro video


PublicLab.org uses Markdown, a simple way to add formatting to web pages. You can read about Markdown here, but if you want to keep things simple, you can just write in plain text and things should "just work".

A great list of available Markdown syntax can be found here: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax

To preview the formatting of your content, click "Preview" at the bottom of the editing window.

Advanced formatting


To embed a link in clickable text, type the text in square brackets directly followed by the url in parentheses (or use the link button above):

[Click here for PublicLab](http://publiclab.org/home)

This is displayed as:

Click here for PublicLab

You can also use relative links within the wiki. Beginning a link with a forward slash connotes that you want to start after publiclab.org. For example, suppose you were on the following wiki page:


and you wanted to link to someone's user profile. The following:


would be displayed as: username


To add an image:

  • Place the cursor where you want an image to be.
  • Drag and drop a jpg, png, or gif file to that place.
  • Don't move the cursor until the upload completes (or do, but the image will place where the cursor is once the upload completes).
  • Some code like this will appear:

[![filename.jpg](made )] (https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/001/446/original/filename.jpg)

  • Change the word "medium" to "large" to display a larger image, or to "thumb" to display a smaller image.
  • Click "Preview" at the bottom to preview the image.


  • To add a figure caption under an image, place the image code as above.
  • Directly after the last closing parenthesis, enter two line breaks. One empty line break is required to
  • On the next line enter your caption. Start and end your caption with an _underscore_ if you want to make the text italic.
  • Directly after the caption, enter two line breaks (to separate your caption from following text).


Make a bulleted list by starting with a blank line and then starting each line with *, +, or - followed by a space:

* Balloons
* Kites
* Poles

Will display as:

  • Balloons
  • Kites
  • Poles

For numbered lists, after a blank line start each item with any number, a period, and a space:

1. Balloons
7. Kites
4. Poles

Will display as:

  1. Balloons
  2. Kites
  3. Poles

To indent a line, indent it at least four spaces for each indent

  1. Mapping tools
    1. Balloons
    2. Kites
    3. Poles
  2. Spectral tools
    1. Spectrometer
    2. Infragram


To enter short (single line) examples of code (html, markdown, Javascript, etc) so that it will not be interpreted, begin and end the text with backtick quotes (on an American keyboard, that's on the key with the tilde ~; on a British keyboard it's usually in the top left-hand corner of the keyboard, with the |):


To enter larger blocks of code, indent each line 4 spaces.

Buttons and other HTML

...see many examples on http://publiclab.org/lists

or stick an "edit this wiki page" button in line by simply adding edit in square brackets.


To create this:


...use this type of markdown where cells are separated by pipes and rows are separated by carriage returns:





Power tags

Power tags are an advanced feature which can add extra functions and layout options to your wiki pages (and sometimes research notes).


Foldaways allow authors to hide sections of text in a kind of "accordion fold" and provide a link to reveal the hidden content. To use them, enclose your text between [fold :FOO] and [unfold ] tags, where FOO is the text to use for the reveal link (remove the spaces after "fold" and "unfold" to make this work -- I inserted it to stop the foldaway from working). For example, once you remove the spaces after "fold" and "unfold":

Hello world!

[fold :Show more text]

Hello, hidden world!

[unfold ]

will display as:

Hello world!

Hello, hidden world!

Alert Flags

Learn more about the new Spectral Workbench 2.

You can also say class="alert alert-info" for blue, "alert alert-success" for green, "alert alert-error" for red boxes:

This tool has been thoroughly tested in the field.

...this is a wiki... help flesh this out!

Edit this page to help complete it!