Wikitravel uses a special code called Wiki markup for formatting the text and images in an article. The Wiki markup used while editing a page will determine how the text looks and what links and images are in the page.
When editing Wikitravel articles, try to follow the conventions in the Manual of style and avoid raw HTML unless Wiki markup can not do the job. These are guidelines for making a "good" Wikitravel article; if you don't quite get all of them, then just do what you can, and someone else will come through and clean up your work after you're done.
Putting an URL like http://www.google.com/ into text makes it into an external link automatically.
You can make an external link Wikitravel style with more readable text, like Google, by using a single square bracket, the URL, a space, the title you want to use and a closing square bracket.
You can make an external link Wikitravel style with more readable text, like [http://www.google.com/ Google], by using a single square bracket, the URL, a space, the title you want to use and a closing square bracket.
Interlanguage links have the format [[xx:Article]], where "xx" is the code for the language being linked to (for instance, English is en, French is fr, Chinese is zh, etc). Wikipedia, Open Directory, and World66 links are [[WikiPedia:Article]], [[Dmoz:Article]], and [[World66:Article]] respectively. These should be placed at the end of the article, with any Interlanguage links first, then Wikipedia, Open Directory, and World66 links in that order.
Content in the special tags <see>...</see>, <do>...</do>, <eat>...</eat>, <drink>...</drink>, <sleep>...</sleep>, <listing>...</listing> is automatically formatted into a listing for an attraction, activity, restaurant, bar or accommodation. These listings can be automatically added and edited by pointing and clicking, and you should generally not need to touch their contents in the page editor; see Wikitravel:Listings for details.
Think twice before you add a table to Wikitravel: many things like complicated transport schedules go out of date pretty much instantly and are thus better not added. But if you insist, here's how they work:
table start -- add border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" to make the lines between table cells visible
table caption,optional; only between table start and first table row
table row,optional on first row -- wiki engine assumes the first row
table header cell, optional. Consecutive table header cells may be added on same line separated by double marks (!!) or start on new lines, each with its own single mark (!).
table data cell, required! Consecutive table data cells may be added on same line separated by double marks (||) or start on new lines, each with its own single mark (|).