Extension:Disambiguator

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Disambiguator

Release status: stable

Implementation Special page
Description Enables the designation of disambiguation pages with a magic word
Author(s) Ryan Kaldari
Latest version 1.1
MediaWiki 1.21+
PHP 5.3+
Database changes No
License MIT License
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Hooks used
GetDoubleUnderscoreIDs

wgQueryPages

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The Disambiguator extension is designed to make disambiguation pages easier to work with programmatically. It allows you to designate all disambiguation pages with the __DISAMBIG__ magic word (or an equivalent alias), which then marks them as such in the database. This allows other extensions to handle disambiguation pages as a separate class of page.

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • Download and extract the tarball in your extensions/ folder. It should generate a new folder called Disambiguator directly inside your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
require_once "$IP/extensions/Disambiguator/Disambiguator.php";
  • Done! Navigate to "Special:Version" on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Features[edit | edit source]

Disambiguator provides the following features:

  • Programmatic identification of disambiguation pages via the __DISAMBIG__ magic word
  • New special pages for listing all disambiguation pages and pages linking to disambiguation pages
  • New API functions equivalent to the above special pages as well as an API function for querying whether or not a page is a disambiguation page
  • Modifies Special:LonelyPages to ignore disambiguation pages
  • If VisualEditor is enabled, allows marking a page as a disambiguation page via the page properties interface
  • If VisualEditor is enabled, shows whether a page is a disambiguation page or not in the link inspector
  • If WikiEditor is enabled, shows whether a page is a disambiguation page or not in the link dialog

Usage[edit | edit source]

Once Disambiguator is installed, the best way to use it is to add the __DISAMBIG__ magic word to a template that is then included in all of your disambiguation pages.

Once the magic word is in place, your disambiguation pages will all have the 'disambiguation' page property assigned to them in the database. This property resides in the page_props table.

You will also have two new special pages:

  • Special:DisambiguationPages, which lists all the disambiguation pages on your wiki.
  • Special:DisambiguationPageLinks, which lists all of the pages on your wiki that link to disambiguation pages. (This is a replacement for the old Special:Disambiguations page which is deprecated.)

API usage[edit | edit source]

To list all the disambiguation pages:

api.php?action=query&list=querypage&qppage=DisambiguationPages

To list all the disambiguation page links:

api.php?action=query&list=querypage&qppage=DisambiguationPageLinks

Note that on wikis running in MiserMode (all WMF wikis), both the special page and API interface for DisambiguationPageLinks are limited to a certain number of results (typically 1000–5000).

To see if an individual page is a disambiguation page:

api.php?action=query&titles=Bug&prop=pageprops&ppprop=disambiguation

If it is a disambiguation page it will include 'disambiguation' in its pageprops. Note that the disambiguation pageprop, if present, will have its value set to an empty string, so be careful about testing it as a boolean.

Possible future plans[edit | edit source]