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Using actions in Wikka pages

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See Wikka in action:

About actions

Actions are small (or not so small) pieces of code that generate automatic content within a page. An action may provide simple content, or it may provide an interactive "service" with a form for user input.

Post-formatter actions

since 1.3.6
There are two types of actions: Those that act on the wiki page prior to the markup being processed ("traditional" actions, designated by {{...}}), and the new post-formatter actions (designated by {{{...}}}). The main difference between the two is that the new post-formatter action can access the contents of the wiki page it's invoked in after the markup has been processed into HTML. For instance, the new {{{toc}}} post-formatter action will generate a table of contents for all headings on a wiki page, and uses the id generated for each heading by the Wikka formatter. Since this can't happen prior to the page being rendered by the formatter, {{{toc}}} must be implemented as a post-formatter action.

Some actions are considered "core" and are essential to the functioning of Wikka as a WikiEngine. Others are better classified as "plugins", providing extra, less essential functionality. Of course, WikkaWiki comes bundled with all "core" actions and a nice collection of "plugins". Many Wikka users also make additional plugins available through the main site.

Using actions

To include an action in a page, simply edit the page and add the name of the action between double braces, e.g. {{myaction}}. Action names are case-insensitive.

Many actions can be customized by providing extra parameters; a parameter must always have its value enclosed in double quotes, e.g. {{myaction par1="foo"}}. Unknown parameters are simply ignored; in some cases one or more parameters may be required. Multiple parameters are separated by spaces: {{myaction par1="foo" par2="bar"}}.

Content example:
Use {{wikkaversion}} to display the version of Wikka running this wiki:

Service example:
Use {{googleform}} to display a Google search form. You may add an optional q parameter to specify a default search query, as in {{googleform q="Wikka"}}:

List of available actions

Actions distributed with WikkaWiki (in alphabetical order)
{{adminpages}}displays a module to manage wiki pages
{{adminusers}}displays a module to manage users
{{backlinks}}displays a list of pages linking to the current page
{{calendar}}displays a calendar for a specified or current month
{{category}}displays a list of pages belonging to a category
{{checklinks}}checks internal/external links
since 1.4.0
{{checkversion}}displays message if newer Wikka version exists
{{clonelink}}displays a link to clone the current page
since 1.2
{{color}}renders colored text
{{colour}}alias for {{color}}
{{contact}}displays an obfuscated mailto link to contact the wiki administrator
{{countcomments}}counts the comments by the current user
{{countowned}}counts the pages owned by the current user
{{countpages}}counts the number of pages in the wiki
{{countusers}}count the number of registered users in the wiki
{{dbinfo}}displays information on the database storing data from the wiki
{{deletelink}}displays a link to delete the current page
since 1.2
{{editlink}}displays a link to modify the current page
since 1.2
{{emailpassword}}displays a form to retrieve a password
{{feedback}}displays a form to send feedback to the admin of the wiki
{{files}}displays a form to upload/download/delete files
{{flash}}embeds a flash-animation
{{geshiversion}}displays the version of GesHi bundled with Wikka
{{googleform}}displays a Google search form.
{{highscores}}displays a list of registered users, ordered by the percentage of pages they own
{{historylink}}displays a link the revision history of the current page
since 1.2
{{homepagelink}}displays a link to the wiki homepage
since 1.2
{{image}}inserts an image
{{include}}includes another wiki page
{{interwikilist}}displays a list of InterWiki shortcuts
{{lastedit}}displays information on the last revision
{{lastusers}}displays a list of recently registered users
{{license}}diplays open source licenses in full text or graphics
since 1.3.1
{{metatag}}generates HTML meta tag
since 1.3.7
{{mindmap}}embeds a mindmap in a wiki page
{{mychanges}}lists pages edited by the current user
{{mypages}}lists pages owned by the current user
{{mysqlversion}}displays the mysql version running on the server
{{newpage}}displays a form to create new pages
{{nocomments}}disables comments for the current page
{{orphanedpages}}displays a list of pages not linked by any other page in the wiki
{{ownedpages}}displays a list of pages by owner
{{ownerlink}}displays a link to the page owner's profile
since 1.2
{{pageindex}}displays an alphabetical list of pages in the wiki
{{phpversion}}displays the PHP version running on the server
{{recentchanges}}lists recently modified pages
{{recentcomments}}lists recent comments
{{recentlycommented}}lists recently commented pages
{{redirect}}redirects page to another page
since 1.3
{{referrerslink}}displays a link to a page displaying external referrers for the current page
since 1.3
{{rev}}displays the latest revision number for the current page
{{revertlink}}displays a link to allow admins to revert the latest revision of a page
since 1.2
{{revisionlink}}displays the date and time of the latest revision and a link to the list of recent revisions of the current page
since 1.2
{{rss}}embeds a feed in the page
{{searchbox}}displays a search box (menulet)
since 1.2
{{system}}displays information about the system
{{textsearch}}displays a search form
{{textsearchexpanded}}displays a form for expanded text search
{{title}}outputs return value of PageTitle() function (used in menus)
since 1.3.4
{{titletag}}generates HTML title tag
since 1.3.7
{{{toc}}}generates a table of contents for selected/all headings on the wiki page
since 1.3.6
{{usersettings}}displays a login/logout form and user settings
{{wantedpages}}lists nonexisting pages linked by other pages
{{wikkachanges}}displays Wikka release notes for the current version
{{wikkaconfig}}displays the current configuration settings
{{wikkaname}}displays the name of the wiki
{{wikkapatchlevel}}displays the patch level of Wikka running the wiki
since 1.2
{{wikkaversion}}displays the version of Wikka running the wiki
{{whoami}}displays the current username (if signed in) or the hostname for anonymous visitors
since 1.2

Actions not in the actions-directory
{{iframe}}allows embedding a page in another page

{{footer}}replaced by the footer template file
{{header}}replaced by the header template file
{{table}}obsoleted by the TableMarkup
since 1.2

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Comments [Hide comments]
Comment by anonymous
2008-02-03 07:37:20
There's an error by the end of the page. It should read "footer" and "header", instead it reads "footer" twice.
Comment by NilsLindenberg
2008-02-06 14:31:49
Fixed now, thanks for the message
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