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Hi, and welcome to the project. Since you accessed this page it is likely that you are completely new to OmegaWiki and so let me guide you through the registration process, the creation of the Babel templates etc up to the "how to edit the entries".

Creating an account and logging in[edit]

OmegaWiki is in pre-alpha state and therefore, even though it is a wiki, we give new users edit rights manually. In future this will not be needed, but for now, that is how we need to do things, as the software is still under development.

So the first step is to create you an account. In the upper right corner you find a link that says Create an account or log in. Please click on it.

You reach a page where you have some boxes to be filled out:

Retype password:
Real name:

Then there is the checkbox Remeber me and the buttons Log in, Create new account and Mail me a new password.

This is what you need to do:

  • After Username: please insert the user name people should be able to see. This may be your own name or a made-up name.
  • Type your password into the textbox next to Password:
  • Type it once more in the textbox next to Retype password:.
  • Next to Email: you can insert your e-mail address, but are not under any obligation to do so. No other user will be able to see it, it allows you to get notifications, and it allows other users to contact you by using the Email this user link.
  • Next to Real name: you can insert your real name. Again, this is not mandatory.
  • If you want to automatically login each time you access OmegaWiki you must activate the Remember me checkbox. Nonetheless sometimes you will find that you need to login, but not so often as if you did not check this box.
  • Once you have filled in all the necessary data please click on Create new account.

You already have an account?
Well, then you only need to fill in Username: and Password: and click on Log in.

Editing your user page[edit]

In the right upper part you see various links:

  • <your user name>
  • my talk
  • preferences
  • my watchlist
  • my contributions
  • log out

Your user name is in red if you just created your account. By clicking on it you get the edit window for your user page. Here you have your space where you can write about hobby, work and whatever you want to tell us. One thing needed on this user page is your Babel-template.

The Babel template[edit]

The babel template on OmegaWiki is needed so that we know which languages you speak - and if possible on which level. I'd say it is the first line you should add to your user page - in that way it will always show up on the right side at top.

Now how is that strange thingie created? Let's assume you are of English mother tongue, speak Swedish almost like a native and have basic knowledge in Portuguese. This would mean "three languages", right?

So what you are going to write on your user page is this:


What does all that stuff mean?

  • {{#Babel:: opens the template.
  • eng: stands for English native speaker
  • swe-4: stands for Swedish near native knowledge
  • por-1: stands for basic knowledge of Portuguese
  • }}: closes the template

Of course your next question now is: How do I know which codes I have to use for my languages... Well, yes, considering that there are more than 7000 languages on earth, that is not an easy task. Many languages already have their own portal and also the Babel templates ready for use -- others don't.

You can get an overview of the present Babel templates by having a look at the page Babel (if you are a newbie to wikis: just click on the link and you will reach the page). Search for your language name and you will see the three letter language code that corresponds to the ISO 639-3 language code.

Another way of searching is what is there is going to the Main Page. On the bottom of the page you see a section called Portals for languages (to be constructed): - just click on the language name you are interested in and you will see a page where you have the mentioning of Ethnologue and beneath it the ISO 639-2 and 639-3 codes. The one you need to pick is the ISO 639-3 code.

If you have more languages just substitute the 3 with the number of languages you need and separate the list with a "|".

How to edit the entries[edit]

Move to the next page: Help:Editing relational data