Contributing to the Wiki

This wiki is a companion to the Music Notation Project’s main website and Forum (Google Group). It is powered by WordPress — free/open-source software that lets contributors collaboratively edit and add informative content to the wiki. (See this blog post for more on why we are using WordPress for the wiki.)

If you would like to contribute to the wiki by editing or adding content to it, contact us so we can set up an account for you. Once your account is set up, log in by clicking “Log in” at the top right corner of any wiki page. This will take you to the WordPress editing interface, where you can edit existing pages, add a new page, or add images, PDFs, or other files.

Details about editing the wiki:

  • Save a draft of a new page before publishing it by clicking the “Save Draft” button.
  • Preview any changes you have made before publishing a page or updating it by clicking the “Preview” or “Preview Changes” button on the right.
  • Publish a new page or update an existing page by clicking the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right.
  • For a wiki page to appear in the main navigation sidebar on the left side of the wiki it needs to be assigned to one of the top-level parent pages (like “Notation Systems,” “Sheet Music,” “Music Theory,” etc.).  When editing a page you can select its parent page on the right under Attributes > Parent.
  • It may seem that the content of the top-level parent pages is editable, but their content is never shown on the wiki. These pages are set up to simply show a list of their “child” pages.  (For example: http://musicnotation.org/wiki/miscellaneous/ )
  • To create a link select some text that you want to make a link, and click the link button in the top row of formatting buttons (it looks like a chain), then follow the instructions.
  • To add an image or a file (like a PDF or LilyPond file) to a page click the “Add Media” button.
  • You can edit a page in “Visual” or “Text” mode using the tabs with those names towards the top and right.  Normally you would use the Visual tab.  The Text tab corresponds to the underlying HTML code that is used to display the page.

If you have questions, ask on our Forum (Google Group), or contact us.

WordPress Documentation

The WordPress site has great documentation on using WordPress.  Here are some pages to help with getting started: