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Category format
Outputs the results in columns, with first letters as section headers, in the style of MediaWiki category pages.
Further Information
Provided by: Semantic MediaWiki
Added: 1.4.3
Removed: still supported
Requirements: none
Format name: category
Enabled? Indicates whether the result format is enabled by default upon installation of the respective extension. yes
Authors: David Loomer , Yaron Koren
Categories: misc
Table of Contents

The result format category is used to format query results in the manner of MediaWiki's category pages.

Semantic MediaWiki 2.2.0Released on 9 May 2015 and compatible with MW 1.19.0 - 1.24.x. brought several improvements to this result format:

  • It now adheres to MediaWiki's $wgCategoryCollation configuration parameter meaning that the sorting of the pages will be done according to the collation set for the wiki.1
  • Also when adding the page's group headers the previously used "h3" element was replaced with a "div" element utilizing the same CSS properties. Thus these headers do no longer interfere with generation or suppression of tables of content e.g. with the __TOC__ or __NOTOC__ behavior switches.2
  • The "named args" parameter was introduced allowing e.g. to change formatting

Semantic MediaWiki 2.3.0Released on 29 October 2015 and compatible with MW 1.19.0 - 1.25.x. introduced the ability for a responsive view, i.e. a view catering for mobile devices.3 To get the responsive view you have to set the "columns" parameter to "0". e.g. |columns=0.

The page sorting behavior of SMW and MW differ when it comes to pages containing the "DEFAULTSORT" magic word ({{DEFAULTSORT:sortkey}}) or not. When using this result format a page containing the mentioned magic word takes precedence when sorting before a page not containing it.4

Format specific parameters[edit]

Parameter Aliases Type Default Description
columns - whole number 3 The number of columns in which to display results
delim - text empty The delimiter
template - text empty A template to format the items with
userparam - text empty A parameter to pass to the template
named args namedargs yes/no no Name the arguments passed to the template

Since Semantic MediaWiki 3.2.0Released on 7 September 2020 and compatible with MW 1.31.0 - 1.35.x. it is also possible to use namedargs as an alias of named args as a parameter to enable named arguments.5


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This produces the following output


  1. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub issue gh:smw:783
  2. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub issue gh:smw:974
  3. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub pull request gh:smw:1147
  4. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub issue gh:smw:699
  5. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub pull request gh:smw:4665