Computer Science 112
The Art & Science of Computer Graphics

Fall 2015, The College of Saint Rose

Studio/Lab 1: Setting Up Your Wiki
Due: 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2015

To get us started, your first Studio/Lab task will be to set up and add your first sections to the class Wiki that we'll be using for you to share your work for the class.

Logging In

Your username and password on the Macs in the lab are the same as your campus-wide computer accounts. Once logged in, you will be presented with your Macintosh desktop. As long as you store your files on the campus file server, it does not matter which computer in the lab you use. Once we start writing programs and rendering images, we will have to take extra care to ensure all files are being saved in the right place.

The Mac environment may be a bit unfamiliar for those who are primarily Windows users, but it is quite intuitive and you should be able to get around fairly quickly. Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you are not sure how to proceed or if you have trouble with anything as you work on this lab.

Setting Up Your Wiki Page

Using the Firefox web browser, which you can launch using the round blue and orange icon in the "Dock" at the bottom of your desktop, follow these steps to set up your wiki page. There is a quick reference at the end of this document that will help you accomplish these tasks.

  1. Navigate to in your browser. This should bring you to the main page of the class wiki. You can browse around (do so!) but you will not be able to create or edit any pages until you have an account and are logged in.
  2. You will next need an account on the wiki, which will be valid only for this wiki. Each of you will need to proceed to the teaching station to create your account. Please do this before proceeding to the next step.
  3. In the upper right hand corner of the wiki page, you will see a link labeled "Log in". Click it, then enter the username and password you just received.
  4. Next, create a page with your "screen" name. You're welcome to use your real name, but you are not required to do so. If you use something other than your real name, just drop an email to terescoj AT do match up your screen name with your real name for grading purposes. To create your page, type your chosen screen name in the search box on the left (I'd type in "Jim Teresco"). This will bring up a page that gives you the option to create your page.
  5. To create your page, add the text you wish to display to the edit box. Adding plain text will work, but you will want to format it nicely, add sections, images, and so on. To do this, the text you type should be "marked up" to indicate your desired formatting, using the markup language described at the end of this document.

    Your page should include:

  6. Add yourself to three categories that will help others find your work and that of other former, current, and future students. Please add yourself to the "Artists" category, the "Ambrosia Artists" category, and the "Fall 2015 Artists" categories. Feel free to create and add yourself to other categories, such as your class year, your major, your favorite baseball team, or whatever else you'd like.

Submitting Your Work

When you have completed all of this and your wiki page is complete, send me an e-mail at terescoj AT stating that it is ready for me to look at, so you can get credit.


This assignment is worth 10 points, which are distributed as follows:

> FeatureValueScore
Paragraph about yourself 2
Using at least one "section" 2
Including at least one image 2
Correct image file name 2
Page in required categories 2
Total 10

Wiki Editors' Quick Reference

This section is a quick reference for our wiki and the wiki markup language you will use to develop your wiki pages. You might want to keep this sheet handy until you get used to the wiki markup language.

Our wiki uses the same software (called MediaWiki) that is used by Wikipedia, so your experience with this will help prepare you to be a contributor to Wikipedia and other similar projects.

> General
To visit our wiki Go to
To create a new page Enter the page name in the search box
Section Paragraphs
==Section Title== Blank line starts a paragraph
===Subsection Title=== Space at beginning of a line boxes code
====Subsubsection Title==== : Colon indents paragraph
--- (four dashes insert line) :: More colons increase indenting
(four tildes add username and date) ; phrase : definition
' 'Two single quotes make text italic ' ' ' ' 'Three single quotes make text bold ' ' '
* bulleted list item # numbered list item
** bulleted sublist item ## numbered sublist item
*** bulleted subsublist item ### numbered subsublist item
Links (Help:Editing on the wiki)
Internal: [[Page Title]] e.g., See [[Jim Teresco]] for details.
Internal: [[Page Title|alt text]] e.g., See [[Jim Teresco|me]] for details.
External: [URL] e.g., Visit space at [].
External: [URL alt text] e.g., Visit space at [ NASA].
Images (Help:Images_and_media on the wiki)
Two steps: upload image to server, link into document.
Use PNG format when you can. Prefix images with your name.
Inline image: [[Image:file]] e.g., [[Image:Taos.png]]
Frame/Caption: [[Image:file|frame|caption]] e.g., [[Image:Taos.png|frame|Great skiing!]]
Thumbnail: [[Image:file|thumb|caption]] e.g., [[Image:Taos.png|thumb|The Back Side.]]
Add "left", "center", "right" as hints e.g., [[Image:Taos.png|right|thumb]]
Categories (Help:Category on the Mead wiki)
A category page lists all similar pages on the wiki.
Add page to category X: [[Category:X]] e.g., [[Category:Artists]]
Link to category X page: [[:Category:X]] e.g., Find artists at [[:Category:Artists]]