[Mediawiki-l] Template Expansion

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 20:48:18 UTC 2010

Bryan Tong Minh wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM, Gabriel Sandor <gabi.t.sandor en gmail.com> wrote:
>> However, i soon found out that not all of the templates are actually
>> expanded, the exception being those templates enclosed in wiki tags, which
>> are left unexpanded (perhaps the most common example being {{cite ...}}
>> templates inside <ref></ref> tags).
> It appears to be that this happens indeed for <ref> tags. These tags
> are part of extension Cite. Cite normally takes those tags, removes
> them an relocates them to the location of the <references /> tag.
> I'm guessing here, but what I think happens is that extension Cite
> only does this in the parsing stage, so in the preprocessing stage
> nothing is processed. Perhaps somebody with parser and Cite knowledge
> can elaborate a bit more on this?
> Bryan

You are right.
Tag extensions aren't expanded by the preprocessor. Instead, when you
run the tag function, the tags which contain wikitext call
expandTemplates() on the content with the same parser and frame.

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