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Most importantly, you can contribute to the Wiki by submitting your own articles and adding to or correcting existing ones. To do this you must be a member of this site; if you would like to join click Join at the top of the page, or click here.

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Adding articles

  1. Click on New Page in the left hand panel.
  2. Enter the name of your page when requested. Choose your page name with care and ensure there isn't an existing page with the same name!
  3. Type or paste in your article. You can either use WikiText markup or, for WYSIWYG editing, click on Use Visual Editor at the bottom of the page. If you want to experiment with editing without actually submitting a page use the Sandbox. Please use only CAPITAL keywords in your code examples; see also Marking up BBC BASIC program code.
  4. Use the Preview button to see how your page will appear, and make changes as needed.
  5. Submit the page by clicking on Save.
  6. Add your article to the appropriate index page (see category list below) or, if you are unsure whether it is ready for that, post a message to the BB4W forum requesting that it be reviewed.

Category List

  • Assembler
    Articles related to assembly language programming.
  • BBC BASIC Language
    Articles related to BBC BASIC syntax, keywords etc.
    Articles related to variables, arrays, strings, data structures etc.
  • Communication and I/O
    Articles related to network, internet and socket programming.
    Articles related to serial, parallel, Bluetooth, USB etc. input/output.
  • Database and Files
    Articles related to database technologies.
    Articles related to handling files, directories and disks.
    Articles related to specific file formats.
  • Graphics and Games
    Articles related to graphics (2D and 3D) and animation.
    Articles related to games programming.
  • Libraries
    List of currently available libraries.
    Articles related to the use and development of libraries.
  • Manual
    Links to the BBC BASIC for Windows Help documentation.
    Links to other sources of reference information.
  • Operating System
    Articles related to Operating System features not covered elsewhere.
    Articles related to calling DLLs, OCXs, object methods etc.
    Articles related to COM/OLE Automation.
  • Program Editor and IDE
    Articles related to the BBC BASIC for Windows program editor.
    Articles related to the compiler and other IDE tools.
  • Sound, Music and Video
    Articles related to sound, music and video programming.
    Articles related to multimedia applications.
  • Tools and Utilities
    List of available software tools to aid programming productivity.
    Descriptions and download locations of add-on utilities.
  • Tutorials
    Articles specifically teaching aspects of BB4W programming.
    Links to external tutorials.
  • User Interface
    Articles related to the mouse, keyboard and screen.
    Articles related to the Windows Graphical User Interface.

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