QINU fix

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Warning Warning: See discussion and proposed patch of this issue at bug 17329

Some extensions that parse WikiMarkup return strings similar to "UNIQ7dcd9aca33200a81-example-14c1dc322856b22b00000001-QINU" instead of returning what they're supposed to. This seems to be a bug with using global $wgOut; to access the parser. In MediaWiki 1.6.8 or above, the parser object is passed to the extension callback function. By using that object, you can solve the problem.

For example, this code may break (it seems inconsistent, or at least in my tests)

$wgHooks['ParserFirstCallInit'][] = 'wfExampleExtension';

function wfExampleExtension( &$parser ) {
	$parser->setHook( 'example', 'exampleExtension' );
	return true;

function exampleExtension( $input, $argv, $parser = null ) {
	global $wgOut;
	$output = $wgOut->parse( $stuff_to_parse, true );
	return $output;

The following exampleExtension function fixes the problem in most cases:

function exampleExtension( $input, $argv, &$parser ) {
	# do some stuff

	$output = $parser->parse(
		$stuff_to_parse, $parser->mTitle,
		$parser->mOptions, true, false
	return $output->getText();

The above code will add <p>...</p> around your output. To disable this, just change the second to last line to:

$output = $parser->parse( $stuff_to_parse, $parser->mTitle, $parser->mOptions, false, false );

However, this won't work with newer versions of MediaWiki (1.6.7?) if you call it more than once. Instead, instantiate a new parser altogether:

function myHook( $input, $argv, &$parser ) {
	$localParser = new Parser();
	$output = $localParser->parse(
		$input, $parser->mTitle, $parser->mOptions
	$text = $output->getText();

I haven't tested this with the backward-compatibility described on MediaWiki extensions FAQ, but it seems like it should work.

In general, it seems like a better idea to use the $parser than the global $wgOut object.

See also another workaround in the Babel extension.

if you have to use UNIQ...QINU as input for you function/extension:[edit | edit source]


{{#yourhook:{{#foreignHook#:some_code_to_generate_raw_html_which_is_returned_as_UNIQ...QINU(raw_html)}} }}

the parser hides html from wiki with the

return $parser->insertStripItem( $html, $parser->mStripState );

operation in an array inside the mStripeState Object and replaces it with the UNIQ...QINU string instead. when wiki goes over the code, it does not recognize it is html or anything else with importance for wiki and leaves it untouched. and some final workover process, which is definitely after the parser hook stuff, it will replace such UNIQ...QINU strings back with the original raw html. See also Jimbo's page http://jimbojw.com/wiki/index.php?title=Raw_HTML_Output_from_a_MediaWiki_Parser_Function

so if you get handed over such an UNIQ...QINU string, it is a random genereated unique key for this array. with this key you can access the corresponding raw html code like this:

function yourFunction( &$parser, $html = '' ) {
	if ( !( empty( $parser->mStripState->general->data[$html] ) ) ) { 
		$html = ( $parser->mStripState->general->data[$html] );

	// do your stuff


where $html is the given UNIQ-string and $parser is the used parser. $html contains after this operation something like this: <a href="link">linktitle</a> if return of foreign function was a link.

voila! you can easily extract everything you need from this string!

Note: in MediaWiki 1.16, the array keys within $parser->mStripState->general->data are wrapped with #7f so $html in the above example also needs to have the UNIQ...QINU string encased in #7f. Ref: parser.php lines 87 & 217.