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Wiki Word

A WikiWord consists of two or more words with initial capitals, run together.

When you type a WikiWord, you establish a hyperlink. It's as easy as that.

WikiWords are styled like this because:

  • It makes Wiki hyperlinks instantly recognizable
  • It leads to interesting Wiki topics
  • It avoids the need to fiddle with HTML tags
  • It avoids over-general topics because at least two words are required

Syntax of a WikiWord

  • Uppercase letter(s)
  • Lowercase letter(s)
  • Uppercase letter(s)
  • Optional lowercase or uppercase letter(s) or number(s)

Good examples for WikiWords:

  • WikiWord
  • GoodStyle
  • AVeryLongWikiTopicNameIsAlsoPossible?: wherever an uppercase or lowercase letter is allowed, a group of letters of the same case is allowed
  • YearTwoThousand?

Bad examples for WikiWords:

  • Web: Name without the uppercase letter(s), lowercase letter(s), uppercase letter(s) sequence
  • T5Wiki: Name with number before the uppercase, lowercase, uppercase sequence
  • Md5sumsAfterBurning: Name with number before the uppercase, lowercase, uppercase sequence
  • Know-How: Name with dashes in between


  • Insert WikiWords wherever you can. Rich linking helps to make a Wiki successful.
  • Be specific. All topics in a web share one name space. For example, instead of FunctionalSpec write BreadSlicerFunctionalSpec because other projects might also have a functional spec topic.
  • HELP To stop a WikiWord from being turned into a hyperlink, insert the text <nop> immediately before the WikiWord.
  • It is recommended to create topics with singular names. Plural WikiWords are automatically linked to the singular topic, i.e. the link WikiWords links to the topic WikiWord.
  • Sometimes you have to be creative to find a good WikiName. Examples:
    • To create a topic about the the Bread Slicer 1.2 product, use BreadSlicer1dot2 or BreadSlicer1pt2, but not BreadSlicer1.2.
    • To create a topic about year 2000, you could go for YearTwoK or YearTwoThousand, but not Year2K or Y2K or Y2000.
  • Turn acronyms into WikiWords, i.e. take FaqIndex for a "FAQ index" topic.
  • You can specify any link label by using double square brackets, e.g. write [[TWikiAccessControl][access control]] to get a link to TWikiAccessControl that looks like access control.
  • ALERT! The topic is assumed to be in the current TWiki web. Prepending the name of a TWiki web and a period links to a topic in another web.

Related Topics: WikiSyntax, TextFormattingRules