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How can we maintain and improve quality of this Wiki?

  • Stick to the current and future versions of Emacs.
  • Keep things short and sweet. Mark things that should stand out in bold.
  • Use Active voice
  • Give tips. Document things that are difficult to find or share your wisdom.
  • Don't reproduce existing documentation. Instead link to them.
  • It's OK to write long tutorial Pages. Use Tutorial:Tutorial Namespace for it. Assign categories for easily finding the tutorial.
  • If you are a regular blogger, consider donating your articles to this Wiki.
  • For discussions, use the Discussion page instead of posting to the article pages. Sign your comments using ~~~~.
  • We cannot host code extensions and elisp packages here. Use GitHub or similar code hosting site.
  • Note Note: this is not a QA site. Emacs questions are better answered at the Emacs-specific StackExchange site or on Stackoverflow. However, if you have an answer to a good question or problem, add in the appropriate page.
  • Code snippets are most welcome. But comment about what precisely the snippet does. Document any limitations as well.

Mediawiki Help

Creating new pages

To create a new page, do this:

  1. Visit Template:NewPage and copy the text area to clipboard. Feel free to modify the template.
  2. Goto WikEmacs:Scratch Buffer
  3. Add this [[Test Page]] and save the scratch buffer.
  4. Click on the new Wiki link to create a blank page and paste the contents of clipboard there.
  5. Save the newly created page.
  6. Now you have a basic template which you can expand upon. Add content to the new page as you please.


There are templates defined for referencing variables, function, command, keys, manual etc. Use them for uniformity. See Category:Templates. Each template page should describe how to use that template. A few common examples:

What it looks like What you type

Headline text

== Headline text ==
Major Modes (`(info "(emacs) Major Modes")')
{{Manual|emacs|Major-Modes|Major Modes}}
[C-x C-f] (or M-x find-file)
{{CommandKeys|C-x C-f|find-file}}
[C-x C-c]
{{Keys|C-x C-c}}
[C-x f]
{{Keys|C-x f|set-fill-column}}
M-x find-file
M-x customize-variable RET c-default-style
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c c") 'org-capture)
{{Snippet|(global-set-key (kbd "C-c c") 'org-capture)}}


Special categories, such as Operating system, Emacs releases, Programming languages, should be used to introduce new categories. See Special:Categories.