Arbital page: Basics

A page is the pri­mary build­ing block in Ar­bital. Each Ar­bital page has the fol­low­ing at­tributes:

Ti­tle: the ti­tle of the page is shown at the top of the page (e.g. “Ar­bital page: Ba­sics”) and in most places where Ar­bital links to the page.

Click­bait: a sen­tence long de­scrip­tion of what the page is about. It’s meant to pro­voke the reader’s in­ter­est and give them a hint about what they might learn if they read the page. The click­bait is usu­ally shown alongside the page’s ti­tle, es­pe­cially when there is a long list of pages.

Alias: a short, unique name as­signed to each page, for ex­am­ple: “Ar­bital_page”. The alias usu­ally ap­pears in the URL to make it more read­able. Authors can also quickly type a link to a page, if they re­mem­ber its alias. An alias can be changed, but it has to be unique among all ex­ist­ing ali­ases.

Id: a short, unique alphanu­mer­i­cal code as­signed to each page. The page id can also ap­pear in the URL, when us­ing a per­ma­nent link or when the page doesn’t have a cus­tom alias. For ex­am­ple, this page’s per­ma­nent link is: https://​​ar­​​p/​​16x/​​Ar­bital_page/​​?l=3j3 You can see two page ids in the link, one for the pri­mary page, and an­other one for the se­lected lens. The page id can never be changed.

Text: a long string of text that shows up in the page’s body. The text is writ­ten in Mark­down.

Type: there are many differ­ent types of pages. Here we’ll just men­tion the most com­mon one: ‘wiki’. It’s the stan­dard type you get when you cre­ate a new page. It has the least re­stric­tions and be­haves in the way you prob­a­bly ex­pect.

There are more page at­tributes, but these are the most im­por­tant ones.