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Bug 6640 - Prefix option for inputbox
Prefix option for inputbox
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
InputBox (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal normal with 7 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Trevor Parscal
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-07-12 02:08 UTC by Katie
Modified: 2014-11-17 09:21 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Add parameter prefix to Inputbox.php (851 bytes, patch)
2006-08-20 12:12 UTC, Carl Duisberg
Add GET parameter prefix to Mediawiki (436 bytes, patch)
2006-08-20 12:18 UTC, Carl Duisberg

Description Katie 2006-07-12 02:08:42 UTC
There are two issues we've run into with inputbox (in using it for the en.wp mediation cabal):
1. There's no prefix option usable on the English Wikipedia. Code for this exists (
actionCreate), but is not implemented.
2. The default option doesn't support {{CURRENTYEAR}} {{CURRENTMONTH}} {{CURRENTDAY2}}, and I assume there are others which 
don't parse as well. (The prefix option would need this capability as well.)
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-07-12 05:40:17 UTC
I don't understand what this means. Can you clarify? Please 
include examples if possible.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2006-07-12 11:10:34 UTC
It's a feature request; she wants us to add a couple of things.

1. Prefix => An option which allows the value to be prepended to quietly
2. Magic words => Better parser support within the "default" option (right now
we have hard-coded, hackish support for one word, as far as I know)

I was asked to implement these a little while ago, but I point blank refuse to
add more to that code until it is rewritten.
Comment 3 Carl Duisberg 2006-08-20 12:12:55 UTC
Created attachment 2257 [details]
Add parameter prefix to Inputbox.php

This patch allows to specify parameter prefix to be specified in an inputbox.
It is passed as GET parameter of the createbox.

It is only a partial solution. Next thing to solve is make mediawiki to
understand this GET parameter.
Comment 4 Carl Duisberg 2006-08-20 12:18:41 UTC
Created attachment 2258 [details]
Add GET parameter prefix  to Mediawiki

The content of GET parameter prefix will be prepended to the title.

will be interpreted as
Comment 5 Jamie Hari 2007-06-05 21:34:06 UTC
It looks like the CreateBox extension, which was based off Inputbox might already contain some of the code necessary. I think Inputbox is more widespread, however.

I think this feature request would be pretty handy as well.

@Rob, you are always awesome at making decent-code into great-code, would you consider rewriting this code to also include the two features Katie and I are requesting?

Also, would you prefer a new bug be opened for the re-write of the extension; once that is completed, this can then be implemented?
Comment 6 Jamie Hari 2007-12-08 07:08:37 UTC
Could someone please review Carl's attached patches?
Assuming they are up to snuff, could we implement them?

If not, as was mentioned before, I believe Algorithm has also implemented a (different) solution.
Worth reviewing, I figure...
Comment 7 Jamie Hari 2007-12-08 07:14:23 UTC
Separated issue #2 into Bug 12236.
(Issue #1 has patches attached for a proposed fix)
Comment 8 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-08-13 19:51:22 UTC
Comment 9 Mike.lifeguard 2008-10-25 19:56:37 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> I was asked to implement these a little while ago, but I point blank refuse to
> add more to that code until it is rewritten.

Does this still apply?
Comment 10 Angela 2009-02-21 04:56:02 UTC
example of prefix not working:

It does on Wikia and is a very useful feature.
Comment 11 Angela 2010-03-17 23:27:57 UTC
I'd say this no longer applies and that createbox should be installed instead.
Comment 12 Chad H. 2010-03-17 23:40:06 UTC
Adding prefix options to things in InputBox other than the search form wouldn't be hard if someone's willing to write up a patch (the code's a lot nicer since it was refactored a year-ish ago), the one above is entirely too outdated. It already looks for a 'prefix' option anyway (used by the search type), so it would be trivial to repurpose it for type=create.

CreateBox lacks a lot of the versatility in InputBox, so I'd like to see this fixed :)
Comment 13 Happy-melon 2010-03-18 17:34:55 UTC
The implementation proposed is not at all sensible; it will horribly break prefix searching as well as being hackish.  A proper implementation will not touch core code.  

Wikia's interface works in two stages: first it makes a call to index.php?action=create&title=Bar&prefix=Foo/&... which is 301-redirected to index.php?action=create&title=Foo/Bar&... somewhere within the handler for action=create.  That is the best way of implementing this functionality without hacking at the core.
Comment 14 Happy-melon 2010-03-18 19:13:00 UTC
Fixed in r63922.

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