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There are a number of ways to create a new page on a TWiki. This page is intended to list and summarize them.

Oops, wait, stop. You're (I'm) going overboard here. A page like this might be useful, or the details you (I) are thinking about adding might be good "additional information", but for an author coming here to comment on a HOWTO doesn't need or want all this, therefore, a brief fresh start:

With some "editorial" discussion first — I think (ATM) that maybe I should paste the entire list of HOWTOs to, for example, an LdpHowtoToc (Table of Contents) page, then, all anybody has to do to create the page is click on the blue question mark. If some authors prefer not to "support" (allow) a WikiLearn page for comments, I'd have to do something to indicate that — maybe list the HOWTO on that page, but don't allow it to appear as a link. Then a note at the top of the page can indicate the status based on whether there is a link (comment page exists, click to go there), a question mark (comment page does not exist, click to create it), or no link (author does not want to support a WikiLearn comment page.

If that, or something similar, is the way we go, this page is already "written" in the previous paragraph.

Before the fresh start:

The bread crumb trail (see "TWiki . Wikilearn . ..." at top of page) is a feature that was developed after I started using TWiki, and I don't think I ever quite fully assimilated the best way to make use of it. I'll spend some time looking into that today — there are some odd things happening with it, and I don't know whether there is a bug or just the result of something I've done. (Potentially, I will delete and recreate the recently added pages if I can't find another (simple) way to straighten out the bread crumb trail.




Unfortunately (IMHO), TWiki uses some (IMHO) nonstandard terminology. Notably:

  • TWiki calls a(n Internet) page a "topic" (I tilt at windmills and try to always use page in preference to topic)

  • TWiki (as opposed to most wikis) allows a wiki site to be divided into separate directories or folders but calls them "webs"
    • a link to a page in a different (TWiki) web can either display or not display the web name; for example, both Codev.WebChanges or Codev.WebChanges refer to the WebChanges page in the Codev (Code Development) web of twiki.org. (If you view the raw text of (or edit) this page, you can see how I created those links. Note that I made a decision some time ago to move away from "automatic" links (to what are often called free links) by inserting the <noautolink> directive on the page content template for WikiLearn — thus, the need to turn that directive off and back on again to show the link without the web name.

  • "Template" is used to describe three different things in TWiki:


Understanding the various means of page navigation on TWiki has a bearing on some of the ways or details of creating a page. I'll mention those means of navigation briefly, and gradually merge key points into the discussion on creating TWiki pages.

WebSearch Page

Formatted Search

Forms and Categories

The Bread Crumb Trail

The "Bread Crumb Trail" (see "TWiki . Wikilearn . ..." at top of page) is a somewhat new navigation feature added to TWiki in the last two years or so. It creates an additional hierarchical organization of the pages on a TWiki.


  • () RandyKramer - 21 Nov 2003
  • If you edit this page: add your name here; move this to the next line; and if you've used a comment marker (your initials in parenthesis), include it before your WikiName.

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