I find the current default WikiCategory page distributed with Wikka really ugly. What about this simplified version?

Wiki categories

This wiki is using a very flexible but simple categorizing system to keep everything properly organized.

1. Adding a page to an existing category

To add a page to an existing category simply add a link to the relevant category page. For example, to mark page MyPage as a child of category MyCategory, just add a link to MyCategory from MyPage. This will automatically add MyPage to the list of pages belonging to that category. Category links are put by convention at the end of the page, but the position of these links does not affect their behavior.

2. Adding a subcategory to an existing category

To create a hierarchy of categories, you can follow the same instructions to add pages to categories. For example, to mark category Category2 as a child (or subcategory) of another category Category1, just add a link to Category1 in Category2. This will automatically add Category2 to the list of Category1's children.

3. Creating new categories

To start a new category just create a page containing {{category}}. This will mark the page as a special category page and will output a list of pages belonging to the category. Category page names start by convention with the word Category but you can also create categories without following this convention. To add a new category to the master list of categories just add a link from it to CategoryCategory.

4. Browsing categories

To browse the categories available on your wiki you can start from CategoryCategory. If all pages and subcategories are properly linked as described above, you will be able to browse the whole hierarchy of categories starting from this page.

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Comment by WillyPs
2008-03-13 12:00:53
It a lot easier to understand. Perhaps mention how to link to a category page without adding the current page to the category.
Comment by DarTar
2008-03-13 12:19:28
Thanks WillyPs, the problem is that – with the current system – linking to a category without adding the page to the category is not possible via standard links. This is to me the main priority for the planned overhaul of the category system.
Comment by BrianKoontz
2008-03-13 14:58:30
There is a trick (more of a hack) that can be used to "hide" the category: Use an HTML ASCII entity string in place of one of the characters in your category name:

[[http://wikkawiki.org/CategoryUsers A category for users]]
Comment by BrianKoontz
2008-03-13 15:01:34
In the above comment, replace the character "C" with the string "&#67" followed by a semicolon.
Comment by WillyPs
2008-03-15 09:53:15
It would also be nice to be able to add a description that would appear on the category page.
Comment by BrianKoontz
2008-03-15 11:25:55
Comment by WillyPs
2008-03-15 13:08:23
I added it to WishListFor117, with an example. If you look at http://www.prepare4descent.net/descentiapedia/Descent3Missions, the top of the page just shows links, the bottom of the page I built manually, but could be used as an example of what I'm talking about. One of my pet peaves about some websites is the 'list of links with no descriptions', its really mystery meat navigation. An extreme example of that is a while back I needed some parts, the distribter's website had all the parts numbers listed as links to info about the parts, well if I knew the part number of what I needed, I would not need the info page!
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