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This repository holds the source for the website of the Multiword Expressions Section of the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX).

Editing (for owners)

If you are an "owner" of the GitHub organization, you can publish changes by pushing to the main branch. It will take a few minutes until changes are visible on the Web. You can check the status on the project's Actions page.

Making pull requests on github (for other contributors)

You can propose improvements/corrections to the MWE Section's website via pull requests. A pull request is a modification sent to the website editors for review. Once a pull request is accepted, the modification is automatically applied to the website.

  1. When you want to contribute to a GitHub project, the first step is to fork the repository. Therefore, click on the Fork button in the top-right corner. This creates a new copy of the repository under your GitHub user account with a URL like:<YourUserName>/
  2. Next, clone the repository on your computer by opening the terminal and running the command: git clone<YourUserName>/ (or use the ssh URL if you prefer)
  3. You can either create a branch (e.g. git branch issue12; git checkout issue12) or work directly on the master branch. Probably creating a branch is a good idea to clearly indicate what issue you are addressing. Edit and/or create the markdown files locally using your favorite text editor, then commit and push the changes (git commit -a; git push) to the forked repository under your GitHub username. If you are not familiar with the Linux/Mac terminal, you can carry out these operations using GitHub's web interface.
  4. Once you push the changes to your repository, the Compare & pull request button will appear in GitHub. Click it to create the pull request when you're ready.
  5. Add a description of your contribution, then open a pull request by clicking the Create pull request button. This allows the website editors to review your contribution. From here, they can merge it if it is good, or they may ask you to make some changes.
  6. If this is a punctual contribution, you can remove the forked repository once your pull request has been merged into the website.

These instructions were adapted from this tutorial

Editing Markdown files with Jekyll

Markdown is a lightweight text markup language that supports titles, bold, itemized lists, etc. It uses some simple special symbols such as * and _ inserted directly inserted in the text (as opposed to html tags), so the text remains readable even in raw format. In addition, if more complex formatting is needed, it is possible to insert raw html directly into markdown files. Markdown processors are usually integrated in websites such as github. For instance, this README is written in Markdown and converted to html by github's engine.

Our website uses jekyll, a framework which allows converting a set of markdown files (with extension .md) into a website. If this is the first time you are editing Markdown files, a good place to start is this website. Markdown files in a jekyll web page usually start with a header which you should probably not modify (e.g. the absence of the layout: key prevents the page from displaying correctly)

If you want to modify the website's menu structure or design, you should edit the _layouts/default.html file directly. This layout is based on Bootstrap and an in-house CSS extension _assets/css/mwe.css. By playing with these files, most modifications should be possible without the need for complex CMS installation and training.


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