Help:Variable

This page shows the values of the site-dependent variables on this wiki. The rest of the page has been deprecated by "Help:Magic words" on MediaWiki.org, and is kept here for the convenience of users following links from other wikis. Any modifications, if still appropriate, should be made on that page.



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A variable can be considered a predefined template without parameters. See also Help:Parser function.

This is a list of variables that can be used in the wikitext. The way they are rendered vary with time (directly depending on time, or e.g. for number of articles, depending on the creation of other articles), on the project (it changes when the wikitext is copied), or on the page in which it occurs (it changes when the wikitext is copied, when the page is renamed, and when the page is included in another page).

On the left is the variable, on the right how it is rendered at this time, in this project, on this page.

The names of the variables form part of the set of so-called "magic words" the system uses.

With Special:ExpandTemplates one can view the value of a variable, or more generally, the expanded wikitext a variable or a wikitext with variables and/or template calls produces, as intermediate step toward rendering.

Contents

Constants

{{SITENAME}} NeuroCommons
{{SERVER}} http://neurocommons.org
{{SERVERNAME}} neurocommons.org
{{CONTENTLANGUAGE}} en code of the site's default interface language ($wgLanguageCode)

Depending on page

Word Example Explanation
This page "User:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page" page
"User talk:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page" page
{{PAGENAME}} Variable Anonymous user/sandbox/my page Returns the name of the current page, including all levels (Title/Subtitle). This does not include the name of the namespace.
{{PAGENAMEE}} Variable Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page More URL-friendly percent encoded special characters (To use an articlename in an external link).
{{BASEPAGENAME}}
{{BASEPAGENAMEE}}
Variable
Variable
Anonymous user/sandbox
Anonymous_user/sandbox
[MW1.7+] The basename of a subpage ("Title/Other" on "Title/Other/Subtitle"), see Help:Link.
{{SUBPAGENAME}}
{{SUBPAGENAMEE}}
Variable
Variable
my page
my_page
[MW1.6+] Name of the current page, excluding parent pages ("Subtitle" on "Title/Other/Subtitle") in namespaces supporting subpages, see Help:Link.
{{NAMESPACE}}
{{NAMESPACEE}}
Help
Help
User
User
Returns the name of the namespace the current page resides in.
User talk
User_talk
{{FULLPAGENAME}}
{{FULLPAGENAMEE}}
Help:Variable
Help:Variable
User:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page
User:Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page
[MW1.6+] Shorthands for NAMESPACE+PAGENAME
User talk:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page
User_talk:Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page
{{TALKSPACE}}
{{TALKSPACEE}}
Help talk
Help_talk
User talk
User_talk
[MW1.7+] Name of next odd namespace (e.g. 4 => 5)
{{SUBJECTSPACE}}
{{SUBJECTSPACEE}}
Help
Help
User
User
[MW1.7+] Name of last even namespace (e.g. 5 => 4)
{{ARTICLESPACE}}
{{ARTICLESPACEE}}
Help
Help
User
User
[MW1.7+] An alias for SUBJECTSPACE(E)
{{TALKPAGENAME}}
{{TALKPAGENAMEE}}
Help talk:Variable
Help_talk:Variable
User talk:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page
User_talk:Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page
[MW1.7+] FULLPAGENAME in its TALKSPACE
{{SUBJECTPAGENAME}}
{{SUBJECTPAGENAMEE}}
Help:Variable
Help:Variable
User:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page
User:Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page
[MW1.7+] FULLPAGENAME in its SUBJECTSPACE
{{ARTICLEPAGENAME}}
{{ARTICLEPAGENAMEE}}
Help:Variable
Help:Variable
User:Anonymous user/sandbox/my page
User:Anonymous_user/sandbox/my_page
[MW1.7+] An alias for SUBJECTPAGENAME(E)
{{REVISIONID}} 354 N/A [MW1.5+] The unique identifying number of a page, see Help:Diff. Note that when editing a page, this value is null.
{{REVISIONDAY}} 24 N/A [MW1.8+] The day on which the page was last modified.
{{REVISIONDAY2}} 24 N/A [MW1.8+] The day on which the page was last modified, but with a leading zero (01 .. 31).
{{REVISIONMONTH}} 4 N/A [MW1.8+] The month in which the page was last modified.
{{REVISIONYEAR}} 2008 N/A [MW1.8+] The year in which the page was last modified.
{{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} 20080424030921 N/A [MW1.8+] ISO 8601 time stamp, indicating when the page was last modified.
{{SITENAME}} NeuroCommons Value of $wgSitename.
{{SERVER}} http://neurocommons.org Value of $wgServer
{{SCRIPTPATH}} /w [MW1.5+] $wgScriptPath
{{SERVERNAME}} neurocommons.org [MW1.5+] $wgServerName

For the rendering on page A, these variables depend on page A, even if page A contains the variable due to inclusion of page B. Variables in the sort key of a category tag refer to the page with the tag, not the category page where it takes effect.

{{NAMESPACE}} and {{NAMESPACEE}} return an empty string in the article namespace {{ns:0}}, see above and NS:0.

PAGENAMEE displays the page title in the form that is used in URLs, i.e. with underscores for spaces, and percent-encoding for special characters, and is therefore used for constructing URLs incl. query strings.

For example, on Template talk:!, SUBJECTPAGENAMEE would produce Template:%21. Don't encode PAGENAMEE etc. again, i.e. don't use it in the first parameter of fullurl: and similar parser functions, {{urlencode:%21}} = %2521 probably won't work as expected. Query strings  in PURL redirections are an exception.

The "EE" encoding examples shown above for this page are not very interesting, only TALKPAGENAMEE and TALKSPACEE differ from TALKPAGENAME and TALKSPACE. See Help:Link and Help:Magic words for other examples.

In a subpage, [[../]] renders as a link to the parent page. For example, on m:Link/a/b it gives an internal link to m:Link/a, see Help:Link#Subpage feature.

"{{REVISIONID}}" gives "354" [1] showing the current unique revision number of a saved page as used for diffs in the page history is in essence useless, it can't be substituted and also doesn't work in preview.

Varying with time

See also: :en:Category:Date-computing templates

Time

The time in UTC. Note that if the page was displayed by the same user and has not changed (page has not been edited) since the last time it was displayed, it is possible that the page may be cached (by the user's browser) and the displayed time or date may not change. Also, if a heavily used page, rather than freshly rendered by the software each time it is generated, is instead being retrieved from a caching system (such as the main page on Wikipedia) the date or time may not change from the last time the page was originally retrieved by the caching hardware or software.

Word Example Explanation
{{CURRENTDAY}} 11 Displays the current day in numeric form.
{{CURRENTDAY2}} 11 [MW1.6+] Same as {{CURRENTDAY}}, but with leading zero (01 .. 31).
{{CURRENTDAYNAME}} Tuesday Name of the day in the language of the project or English.
{{CURRENTDOW}} 2 Same as {{CURRENTDAYNAME}}, but as a number (0=Sunday, 1=Monday...).
{{CURRENTMONTH}} 12 The number 01 .. 12 of the month.
{{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}} Dec [MW1.5+] Same as {{CURRENTMONTH}}, but in abbreviated form as Jan .. Dec.
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} December Same as {{CURRENTMONTH}}, but in named form January .. December.
{{CURRENTTIME}} 13:50 The current time (00:00 .. 23:59).
{{CURRENTHOUR}} 13 The current hour (00 .. 23).
{{CURRENTWEEK}} 50 Number of the current week (1-53) according to ISO 8601 with no leading zero.
{{CURRENTYEAR}} 2018 Returns the current year.
{{CURRENTTIMESTAMP}} 20181211135022 [MW1.7+] ISO 8601 time stamp.

Local time

Local time depends on the local timezone of the wiki, not the time zone in the user preferences. These should generally use {{#time:}} if ParserFunctions are installed, but the following legacy variables are also available from MediaWiki 1.8+.

Word Example Explanation
{{LOCALDAY}} 11 Displays the local day of the month in numeric form.
{{LOCALDAY2}} 11 Same as {{LOCALDAY}}, but with a leading zero (01 .. 31).
{{LOCALDAYNAME}} Tuesday Name of the day in the language of the project or English.
{{LOCALDOW}} 2 Same as {{LOCALDAYNAME}}, but as a number (0=Sunday, 1=Monday...).
{{LOCALMONTH}} 12 The number 01 .. 12 of the month.
{{LOCALMONTHABBREV}} Dec Same as {{LOCALMONTH}}, but in abbreviated form as Jan .. Dec.
{{LOCALMONTHNAME}} December Same as {{LOCALMONTH}}, but in named form as January .. December.
{{LOCALTIME}} 08:50 The local time (00:00 .. 23:59).
{{LOCALHOUR}} 08 The local hour (00 .. 23).
{{LOCALWEEK}} 50 Number of the local week (1-53) according to ISO 8601 with no leading zero.
{{LOCALYEAR}} 2018 Returns the local year.
{{LOCALTIMESTAMP}} 20181211085022 ISO 8601 time stamp.

Because of the way MediaWiki and most browsers cache HTML pages, time variables which change more often than once a day will typically show the time the page was last cached, rather than the current time.

Statistics

See Statistics.

Substitution

Main article: Help:Substitution

When {{<includeonly>subst:</includeonly>CURRENTTIMESTAMP}} is included and thereby substituted, the timestamp of doing that is put in the wikitext, and similarly for other variables. Examples:

{{CURRENTTIMESTAMP}}
20181211135022 - stays a variable on pages including the template
{{subst:CURRENTTIMESTAMP}}
20060526024210 - became a substituted constant in the template
{{<includeonly>subst:</includeonly>CURRENTTIMESTAMP}}
20181211135022 - becomes a constant at the time of its inclusion

Templates with the "includeonly subst magic" must also be subst-ed.

Other

Word Example Example results Explanation
{{PAGESINCATEGORY:category}}
{{PAGESINCATEGORY:category|R}}
{{PAGESINCATEGORY:User en}}
{{PAGESINCATEGORY:User en|R}}
0
0
[MW1.13+] Returns the number of pages in a given category.
{{PAGESINCAT:category}}
{{PAGESINCAT:category|R}}
{{PAGESINCAT:User en}}
{{PAGESINCAT:User en|R}}
0
0
[MW1.13+] Alias of PAGESINCATEGORY.

Examples of combinations with parser functions

{{fullurl:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|action=edit}}
http://neurocommons.org/w/index.php?title=Help:Variable&action=edit
 
{{fullurl:w:en:Special:Whatlinkshere|target={{NAMESPACE}}:Contents}}
http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Special:Whatlinkshere?target=Help:Contents
 
{{fullurl:m:Special:Whatlinkshere|target={{FULLPAGENAME}}}}
http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Whatlinkshere?target=Help:Variable
 
[[{{NAMESPACE}} talk:{{PAGENAME}}]]
Help talk:Variable
 
{{fullurl:{{NAMESPACE}} talk:{{PAGENAME}}}}
http://neurocommons.org/page/Help_talk:Variable
 

The old form {{SERVER}}{{localurl:page }} does not always work:

{{SERVER}}{{localurl:Wikipedia:Category }} gives http://neurocommons.orghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category

Apart from those problems it is in essence the same as {{fullurl:page }} in recent (1.5+) versions of the software.

In a template, for a link to a page which depends on a template parameter, the external link style is used even for internal links, to avoid that the system links to the edit page even if the page exists. To construct the external link, variables can also be useful.

Variable in the form of a template call

If the syntax of a template call with parameters is applied with the name of a variable, depending on the variable the parameters are either ignored or cause the variable to be interpreted as a (non-existing) template:

  1. Variables like {{NUMBEROFPAGES:R}} = 1657 with a "raw" format are always handled as variable, {{NUMBEROFPAGES:R|Para|meter}} = 1657.
  2. Other variables like {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} = Tuesday are handled as template for given parameter(s), {{CURRENTDAYNAME|x}} = Template:CURRENTDAYNAME.
  3. Parser functions like {{lc: Lower Case}} = lower case ignore extraneous parameters, {{lc: Lower|Case}} = lower.
  4. Parser function ns (e.g. {{ns: 1}} = Talk) gives an empty string for a non-applicable numerical parameter value, and evaluates in the case of a non-numerical parameter value as template (the template name being the whole text until "|" or "}}"):
    {{ns: 1234}} =
    {{ns: t|abc}} = Template:Ns: t
  5. Parser functions like fullurl don't support the ../ notation, and in namespaces supporting subpages this has odd effects: like above, they evaluate such an invalid parameter value as template, see Link/a and Link/a/b. Here it just renders the wikitext:
    {{fullurl:../a}} = Template:Fullurl:../a.
    The cases #2, #4, and #5 resulting in template calls are probably related.


See also

In the case of transclusion from an image page on Commons to the corresponding page on another project, the variables refer to the page on Commons, see m:Image:Tst.png.


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