Help:Hide empty rows in table

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Semantic extension(s): Semantic MediaWiki, Semantic Forms

Further extension(s): Parser Functions

Keyword(s): conditional, empty, hide


Sometimes you are working with forms where not every field gets filled in. Maybe you would like to hide those fields in the display.

Here helps the #if parser function in the sense of "show only if not empty".

For this example, we are showing the results in a table. We hide the entire row of the corresponding field (including the heading to the empty field).

The table row how it usually looks within the template:

! Form field name:
| {{{Formfield|}}}|[[Has property xy::{{{Formfield}}}]]

The same table row, but this time only showing when not empty:

{{#if: {{{Formfield|}}} | {{!-}}
! Form field name:
{{!}} {{#if: {{{Formfield|}}}|[[has property xy::{{{Formfield}}}]]}}
See how the #if function is always embraced in double brackets:
{{#if: ...}}

Escaping table marks

The marks for the table structure need to be escaped with template calls within those brackets:

The template ! then says "|" [1] and the template !- says "|-".


  1. Starting with MW 1.24 there is no longer a need to create a template called ! since this version introduces a "fixed" variable {{!}} which does the very same thing.