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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
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<font size="+2">FAQ</font><br>
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<b>What about multiple versions of the same game?</b><br>
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If a format you are adding is used by multiple versions of the same game (for instance, the pc version and the XBox version, or the demo and the full version), list each version as its own entry in the list of GRAFS and link them all to the same format page. You may also list them seperately in the 'Games' section of that format page.<br>
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<b>What if the format I'm adding is already in the WIKI?</b><br>
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If the format you want to add is already in the WIKI, all you have to do is add the game's name and link to the GRAFs page, as described here, then navigate to that format's preexisting page and add your game(s) to the 'Games' section at the bottom.
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Adding a format to the Xentax WIKI is a very easy process. The aim of this tutorial is to walk you through it, step-by-step. You may use the Table of Contents (above) to skip directly to a section, or just read the whole thing through.
 
Adding a format to the Xentax WIKI is a very easy process. The aim of this tutorial is to walk you through it, step-by-step. You may use the Table of Contents (above) to skip directly to a section, or just read the whole thing through.
  
 
The first thing you will need to do is [http://wiki.xentax.com/index.php?title=GRAFs&action=edit edit] the [[GRAFs]] page and add the title of the game to the list. The current list is sorted alphabetically, so please follow that convention!
 
The first thing you will need to do is [http://wiki.xentax.com/index.php?title=GRAFs&action=edit edit] the [[GRAFs]] page and add the title of the game to the list. The current list is sorted alphabetically, so please follow that convention!
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If you pay attention, you'll note that some names have a colored game platform name/abbreviation following them, and before the format link(s). If your format is for a console game (not for the PC), please use the correct tag after the name, as follows:
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Dreamcast: [[:Category:Dreamcast|<b><font color="blue">DREAMCAST</font></b>]]
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Gamecube:  [[:Category:GC|<b><font color="darkred">GAMECUBE</font></b>]]
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PS2:      [[:Category:PS2|<b><font color="darkblue">PS2</font></b>]]
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PSP:      [[:Category:PSP|<b><font color="black">PSP</font></b>]]
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X-Box:    [[:Category:XBox|<b><font color="green">XBOX</font></b>]]</pre>
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This will result in one of the following labels: [[:Category:Dreamcast|<b><font color="blue">DREAMCAST</font></b>]] [[:Category:GC|<b><font color="darkred">GAMECUBE</font></b>]] [[:Category:PS2|<b><font color="darkblue">PS2</font></b>]] [[:Category:PSP|<b><font color="black">PSP</font></b>]] [[:Category:XBox|<b><font color="green">XBOX</font></b>]]<br>
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Also, if your format is for a game demo, as opposed to the full version, please place the following label after the name, but before any platform tags or format links:
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<pre><i>(Demo)</i></pre>
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This will display as: <i>(Demo)</i>
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Samples:
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* Sample Game
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* Sample Game <i>(Demo)</i>
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* Sample Game [[:Category:PS2|<b><font color="darkblue">PS2</font></b>]]
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* Sample Game <i>(Demo)</i> [[:Category:XBox|<b><font color="green">XBOX</font></b>]]
  
 
=== Naming Conventions ===
 
=== Naming Conventions ===
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Once you've finished your new page, [http://wiki.xentax.com/index.php?title=Template:Latest_Grafs&action=edit edit] the [[Template:Latest Grafs|Latest Grafs]] section on the front page. When doing so, add the link to your new page(s) to the top of the list, and remove entries from the bottom of the list until it has exactly ten entries again.
 
Once you've finished your new page, [http://wiki.xentax.com/index.php?title=Template:Latest_Grafs&action=edit edit] the [[Template:Latest Grafs|Latest Grafs]] section on the front page. When doing so, add the link to your new page(s) to the top of the list, and remove entries from the bottom of the list until it has exactly ten entries again.
 
== FAQ ==
 
 
=== Common Formats ===
 
 
If the format you are adding is common, such as a zip archive, please add a link to the existing page and add the game to the "Other Games" section at the bottom of that format's page. See the [[List Of Common Formats]].
 

Revision as of 00:13, 26 April 2006

Introduction

FAQ

What about multiple versions of the same game?
If a format you are adding is used by multiple versions of the same game (for instance, the pc version and the XBox version, or the demo and the full version), list each version as its own entry in the list of GRAFS and link them all to the same format page. You may also list them seperately in the 'Games' section of that format page.

What if the format I'm adding is already in the WIKI?
If the format you want to add is already in the WIKI, all you have to do is add the game's name and link to the GRAFs page, as described here, then navigate to that format's preexisting page and add your game(s) to the 'Games' section at the bottom.

Adding a format to the Xentax WIKI is a very easy process. The aim of this tutorial is to walk you through it, step-by-step. You may use the Table of Contents (above) to skip directly to a section, or just read the whole thing through.

The first thing you will need to do is edit the GRAFs page and add the title of the game to the list. The current list is sorted alphabetically, so please follow that convention!

If you pay attention, you'll note that some names have a colored game platform name/abbreviation following them, and before the format link(s). If your format is for a console game (not for the PC), please use the correct tag after the name, as follows:

Dreamcast: [[:Category:Dreamcast|<b><font color="blue">DREAMCAST</font></b>]]
Gamecube:  [[:Category:GC|<b><font color="darkred">GAMECUBE</font></b>]]
PS2:       [[:Category:PS2|<b><font color="darkblue">PS2</font></b>]]
PSP:       [[:Category:PSP|<b><font color="black">PSP</font></b>]]
X-Box:     [[:Category:XBox|<b><font color="green">XBOX</font></b>]]

This will result in one of the following labels: DREAMCAST GAMECUBE PS2 PSP XBOX
Also, if your format is for a game demo, as opposed to the full version, please place the following label after the name, but before any platform tags or format links:

<i>(Demo)</i>

This will display as: (Demo)

Samples:

  • Sample Game
  • Sample Game (Demo)
  • Sample Game PS2
  • Sample Game (Demo) XBOX

Naming Conventions

After adding the name of the game, you'll have to create a link. When choosing the name of the new page, it's generally a good practice to use the name of the game, with the same capitalization used on the game box. If the game is not for the PC, you will next want to include what system it's for. lastly, include (in all caps) the extension for the format. In the label for the link, include, in lower case letters, each extension that uses that format. Examples:

  • [[Sample Game ARCHIVE001|*.archive001]]
  • [[Sample Game PS2 ARCHIVE001|*.archive001]]
  • [[Sample Game XBOX ARCHIVE001|*.archive001 *.xyz *.zzz]]

Should you be adding multiple formats for the same game on the same system, please start a seperate page for each format.

Editing the page

When you've submitted the edited page, it will create a red link that you can click on to edit the new page. Click on it, and copy the following text onto it:

{{GRAFTemplate1|
file_extension=FILE EXTENSION|
format_type=Archive|
endian_order=Little Endian|
date_posted=~~~~~|
format_specifications=None written yet.|
notes=None|
bms_script=Not written yet|
programs=None|
documentation=None|
games=None
}}

For now, instructions on how to fill out this template may be found here.

The Last Step

Once you've finished your new page, edit the Latest Grafs section on the front page. When doing so, add the link to your new page(s) to the top of the list, and remove entries from the bottom of the list until it has exactly ten entries again.