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<?xml version="1.0"?>
      <page ns="0" title="API" missing="" />
      <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="Main Page">
          <rev user="Webbready" timestamp="2007-09-20T00:27:39Z" comment="" contentformat="text/x-wiki" contentmodel="wikitext" xml:space="preserve">This is just a testing page for the new version of my Wiki.  It may not work properly right now, but hopefully, I can get this fixed as soon as possible.

&lt;big&gt;'''MediaWiki has been successfully installed.'''&lt;/big&gt;

Consult the [ User's Guide] for information on using the wiki software.

== Getting started ==

* [ Configuration settings list]
* [ MediaWiki FAQ]
* [ MediaWiki release mailing list]</rev>