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==Possible tweaks to instructions==
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[[User:Steven J. Koch|Steve Koch]] 00:05, 12 April 2008 (EDT):I am not sure whether this would be good to change the help page, but below are my suggested tweaks that would have helped my understanding (for lack of a better method, I'll color my changes red):
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* To set up your lab notebook you'll first need to create a few pages<font color="red">, cut and paste some starting wiki code</font> and put them in the right places. As soon as they are set up, you'll be a click away from creating new lab notebook entries.
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* The required pages are:
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*# '''The Notebook page''' <font color="red">(You should create the page as <nowiki>[[User:Your UserName/Notebook]]</nowiki>.  This page does not require a template.  On your new lab notebook page, add a link to a new page by add the wiki code, <nowiki>[[/Test Project]]</nowiki>)</font>
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*# '''The Project page''' (<font color="red">This is the "Test Project" page you created a link to on your main notebook page.  Cut and paste all of the wiki code from one of the following templates ((NOTE: Here is where I think it would be simpler to have them add a substitution template instead)</font>[[Help:Notebook/Project_Base|Standard]] or [[IGEM:HelpU/2008/Notebook/Project_name1|iGEM]] template)
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*# '''The Entry Base page''' (<font color="red">Click on the "customize your entry pages" link to create the "entry base page".  On this new page, cut and paste all of the wiki code from one of the following templates</font> [[Help:Notebook/Project_Base/Entry_Base|Standard]] or [[IGEM:HelpU/2008/Notebook/Project_name1/Entry_Base|iGEM]] template)
==Is it simpler to have users use a substitution template instead of "edit"+"cut and paste?"==
==Is it simpler to have users use a substitution template instead of "edit"+"cut and paste?"==

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Possible tweaks to instructions

Steve Koch 00:05, 12 April 2008 (EDT):I am not sure whether this would be good to change the help page, but below are my suggested tweaks that would have helped my understanding (for lack of a better method, I'll color my changes red):

  • To set up your lab notebook you'll first need to create a few pages, cut and paste some starting wiki code and put them in the right places. As soon as they are set up, you'll be a click away from creating new lab notebook entries.
  • The required pages are:
    1. The Notebook page (You should create the page as [[User:Your UserName/Notebook]]. This page does not require a template. On your new lab notebook page, add a link to a new page by add the wiki code, [[/Test Project]])
    2. The Project page (This is the "Test Project" page you created a link to on your main notebook page. Cut and paste all of the wiki code from one of the following templates ((NOTE: Here is where I think it would be simpler to have them add a substitution template instead)Standard or iGEM template)
    3. The Entry Base page (Click on the "customize your entry pages" link to create the "entry base page". On this new page, cut and paste all of the wiki code from one of the following templates Standard or iGEM template)

Is it simpler to have users use a substitution template instead of "edit"+"cut and paste?"

E.g., have them add code like this: {{subst:project page}} or {{subst:entry base page}} --Steve Koch 23:59, 11 April 2008 (EDT)

Addition of example and screencast help a lot!

Steve Koch 23:51, 11 April 2008 (EDT):Jason and Ricardo -- the addition of the link to example notebook along with the screencast are a big help. I was able to set up my notebook, and while doing so, everything "clicked" and made sense finally. Thanks!

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