Contribute Your Knowledge

How you can help other users

Software like fh relies on active users contributing their feedback and helping each other. This can done through:

  • Asking or Answering Questions on the FHUG User Group's Forum (which has an Enhancement Wishlist Section)
  • Asking or Answering Questions on Calico Pie's Mailing List
  • Or adding your knowledge to this FHUG Knowledge Base (which is a bit like an fh specific Wikipedia™). How to do this is what this immediate set of pages is about.


The usefulness of this Knowledge Base depends on the content that people contribute to it; either by adding new information, or by editing what already exists. There are very simple ways to get started, or techniques to create more complicated content, whatever you are comfortable doing.

Basic Concepts

  • The Knowledge Base is composed of Pages and you navigate from page to page by clicking on Hyperlinks, which leaves a TRACE:: of Pages visited in a bar across the top.
  • When you edit or add information, you are actually editing or adding Pages, and creating Hyperlinks between those Pages to help people find their way around topics.
  • Pages are grouped into Namespaces that are equivalent to directory folder paths on a PC.
  • Just like any other website pages, the Hyperlinks can navigate to anywhere on the Internet and can display images and download data files.
  • The editor dialogue uses Wiki codes similar to the Forums BBCodes. The popular codes have toolbar buttons, but they all can be entered manually.
    • Some are standard Wiki codes, such as pairs of asterisks **bold** that produce bold text.
    • Others rely upon installed Plugins that define Macros, such as <color red>red text</color> that produces red text.
  • If at any point a 403 Forbidden error appears, immediately close that browser tab to avoid being blocked from access, and report the problem via the Web Site Usage forum.

Getting Started

If you are a newcomer then the following steps will get you started.

  • Use Tools > Log In via the toolbar top right before each editing session and use Tools > Log Out afterwards.

Easy Ways to Contribute

It is easy to add pages of interest to FHUG members, to the Downloads and Links or Member Web Sites sections.

If that is your objective, then use the Add Downloads and Links or Add a Member Web Site Link shortcut forms.

After creating a page using those forms, it can be customised further by using the editing techniques below.

Edit Existing Pages

To edit an existing page, which you may have created in Downloads and Links or Member Web Sites, or because you found something that needs revising such as a spelling mistake, then follow this guide to text formatting.

Above all, remember that this is a Wiki and everyone can edit a page if they think it worthwhile. Every version of each page is recorded, so if you do have a problem the administrators here can recover an earlier version.

  • Introduction ~ scope and concepts of page editing and formatting
  • Edit and Save a Page ~ how to login, edit, preview, cancel, and save a page
  • Character Styles ~ bold, italic, underline, mono, sub, sup, strike, fh, smileys :-), special chars ⇒, colours
  • Text Layouts ~ paragraph, headline, horizontal line, list, table, box, footnote, hidden text, comment, quote
  • Text Formats ~ inhibit formatting, code blocks, syntax highlighting, code downloads

Namespace Concepts

Every Page exists within a Namespace, similar to the way every file exists within a folder path. This guide explains the concepts associated with those features.

These features offer Hyperlinks between Wiki Pages, to the Internet, and to images and downloads.

Create and Manage Pages

These guides explain how to create, delete, rename or move Pages within Namespaces, and update cross-references.

Expert Features

These guides explain features only of interest to experts and otherwise can be ignored.