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Using the PMIP3 wiki

The basics

  • If you have a read-only access to the pages, you can navigate this site as you would any other site.
    You may want to click on the Old revisions button at the top/bottom of each page, if you want to see who changed what (in the current page).
    Note that you can use the Discussion sections of the pages (when available) even if you have only read-only access
  • If you have write access to some or all pages, you can change them by clicking on the Edit this page button at the top/bottom of each page.

    You can use the basic formatting tools at the top of the edit window, or visit the Wiki syntax page to learn more about formatting.

    Once you are happy with your changes, please make sure that you write a summary of what you changed in the Edit summary input zone before you save the changes.

    • There is a good chance you will use lots of item lists and need to know more about them:

      The lines starting with * will appear as an item list (use - for an ordered item list).

      Make sure that there are 2 spaces (spaces are shown as '_' below) before the '*' and that the item lines are not separated by blank lines. If you want to force a newline in an item, use '\\_' (2 backslashes followed by a space).
      __* An item on \\_2 lines...\\_with a bonus 3rd line
      ____* and a sub_item

      will appear as:

      • An item on
        2 lines…
        with a bonus 3rd line
        • and a sub-item
    • You may be tempted to use the Backward and Forward buttons of your web browser (usually left and right arrows), when navigating on the wiki. Please refrain from using these buttons when you are editing a page and you have not saved your changes, if you do not want to lose your work!
    • You can visit the Playground and experiment with the wiki features there, if you want to practise before changing actual PMIP3 pages :-)

Non standard wiki features

We have added the following features to this wiki. They are documented only here (and not in the Wiki syntax page)

Open Office export

Some pages can be exported in the .odt Open Document format.

Look for the special icon at the top of the concerned pages!


It is possible to insert 3 types of note in the pages:

<note>My note</note>
<note tip>My note</note>
<note important>My note</note>
<note warning>My note</note>

More advanced stuff...

If you really want to know more, or if you get stuck…

Page locks

  • When you edit a page on this wiki, you are the temporary owner of the page (i.e. you have a lock on the page) during 15 minutes, which should give you plenty of time to validate your changes. Anyway, the lock is renewed for 15 minutes each time you click on the Preview button, and the wiki will even warn you when your lock is about to expire with the following popup message:
    Your lock for editing this page is about to expire in a minute.
    To avoid conflicts use the preview button to reset the locktimer.
  • There is a (very) slight chance that somebody else will already be editing the page you want to update… You will then get an error message looking like:
    This page is currently locked for editing by another user.
    You have to wait until this user finishes editing or the lock expires. 
      * Currently locked by: jypeter
      * Lock expires at: 2009/02/03 10:10 (6 min)

    In that case, just try again a few minutes later, when the other person is done editing.

Questions and Answers

  • Q: What has changed on this page since the last time I visited it?
    • A: Just click on the Old revisions button at the top/bottom left of the page. It will show when the page has been changed and by whom. It will also show a change summary message if the person who did the change did not forget to supply it!
  • Q: Why am I getting an Edit Draft button instead of the expected Edit this page button?
    • A: The page was not properly saved by the previous person. It is probably safer to discard the draft and start with a fresh version of the page. Click on Edit Draft then Delete Draft
  • Q: Something must have gone really wrong, because the page that I edited and saved does not look at all correct. Help! :-(
    • A: It is always possible (though highly unlikely) that something you do drastically alters the appearance of a page, but this is not a major problem.
      1. Exit your browser, restart it and go back to the page you were editing. If clearing the cache of your browser this way did not help, try the next step.
      2. On the bad page, click on the Old revisions button at the top/bottom left of the page. This will show you all the changes that were done to the page. The topmost line (most recent change) should be the change you just made, with the Edit summary you wrote.
        • Click on the next (second) line, on the green pmip3:wiki_path link. This will display the page how it was before you started editing it.
        • You can then edit this old version of the page, without making mistakes and save it.
        • Or you can just edit it and save it without modifications, with an Edit summary looking like
          Page reverted to its old state of 2009/02/02 16:19.
      3. If nothing above worked, get in touch with the Jean-Yves Peterschmitt.

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