This is a quick guide to using Zer-o-Zabar. For more extensive help on using and editing Wiki sites in general, see the MediaWiki help page.

The Basics

It’s easy to get started editing this site. If you want to edit any page, click the “Actions” menu near the top right, and select “Edit.” You can use the buttons at the top of the editing window to make text bold, create links, and so forth. When you’re done editing, add some brief notes about how you changed the page, hit the green “Save page” button below the editing window and behold the fruits of your labor.

Creating Documents and Uploading Files

There is a special form for adding texts to the site. Well, there will be soon, anyway.

Translations and Transliterations

This is meant to be a site for people working in all languages used in South Asia. Since not everyone will know the same languages, please translate and transliterate as much as possible.

There are lots of different conventions for transliterating words in South Asian langauges. You don't have to conform to any one standard, but try to use something reasonable.

If special characters, like ḍ, ā, and ś, are displaying strangely, then please convert them to codes the site can understand using this tool.


One point of this site is so that we will have a place to talk about texts. Every page has an associated discussion page, which is accessed by going to the “Actions” menu and clicking “Discussion.” It will help if everyone follows some simple editing conventions:

  • Always sign your name after your comments. Use the four-tilde (~~~~) wiki syntax (or the signature button in the toolbar above the editing textbox).
  • Start a new discussion with a ==level 2 heading== at the bottom of the page (or use the “Start new section” option under "Actions").
  • When you're replying to someone else, put your comment on the line below theirs and begin it with a colon (:) so it will indent (and two colons if you're replying to a reply, etc.).

Staying Informed

If there's a particular page you want to keep track of, go to the “Actions” menu and click “Watch.” You have now added that page to your Watchlist, which you can access anytime by clicking the little person icon in the top right and choosing “Watchlist.” If you want to receive an email when something on your watchlist is edited, you can adjust your email preferences. You can also follow your watchlist with a blog reader. If you go to your watchlist preferences, there will be a "token" at the bottom of the page, which is a long string of letters and numbers. The address for your watchlist blog feed is, where USERNAME is your username (if it includes spaces, replace these with underscores [_]), and TOKEN is the token given in your watchlist preferences. Once you insert your username and token, you can paste this address into whatever program you use to read blogs.