Permanently protected template

Template:!

Jump to navigation Jump to search
Magic word documentation[view] [edit] [history] [purge]

The magic word {{!}} is used to escape a vertical bar character "|" in wikitext markup, causing the parser to temporarily not interpret it as a special character.

This used to be a template, but for speed reasons, the MediaWiki parser was changed in July 2014 to instantly interpret {{!}} as "|" and ignore this template, making {{!}} a magic word. You can continue to use the code in exactly the same way as before.

It is possible but not useful to transclude the template, instead of using the magic word, by using template-specific syntax like {{Template:!}}, or by supplying a parameter, for example {{!|foo}}. The template transcludes as an error message: Error: The retired template {{!}} has been transcluded; see mw:Help:Magic words#Other for details. To fix this, use only the code {{!}} to generate the | character.

Usage

The code {{!}} is used to escape the vertical bar character, |, so that it is interpreted later than it would be otherwise. This is mostly useful when trying to include a table in a template. For example,

{{rquote|none|text=
{| class="wikitable"
|+ Caption text
|-
! Header text !! Header text
|-
| Example || Example
|-
| Example || Example
|}
}}

yields nonsense:

However escaping the bars with this magic word and similar templates gives:

{{rquote|none|<nowiki>
</nowiki>{{(!}} class{{=}}"wikitable"
{{!}}+ Caption text
{{!}}-
! Header text !! Header text
{{!}}-
{{!}} Example {{!!}} Example
{{!}}-
{{!}} Example {{!!}} Example
{{!}}}
}}

See also

Template call
(m for magic word)
Output (delayed interpretation as wikimarkup) HTML alternative (never interpreted as wikimarkup)
{{!}} (m) | &#124; or {{pipe}}
{{=}} = &#61;
{{!!}} || &#124;&#124;
{{!(}} [ &#91;
{{)!}} ] &#93;
{{!((}} [[ &#91;&#91;
{{))!}} ]] &#93;&#93;
{{(}} { &#123;
{{)}} } &#125;
{{((}} {{ &#123;&#123;
{{))}} }} &#125;&#125;
{{(((}} {{{ &#123;&#123;&#123;
{{)))}} }}} &#125;&#125;&#125;
{{(!}} {| &#123;&#124;
{{!-}} |- &#124;&#45;
{{!)}} |} &#124;&#125;

Documentation for the magic word may be found in the MediaWiki documentation at mw:Help:Magic words#Other.