On the top of the page there are two text area fields. The first one, titled 'Query', is meant for the portion of the query for selecting pages. The second one, titled 'Additional data to display', is meant to hold the set of properties that are displayed for each queried page - see the help page on displaying information. Each property should be prepended with a question mark, just as is done in regular #ask queries. As of Semantic MediaWiki 1.5.2, this field has autocompletion on property names, meaning that you can start typing the beginning of a property name, and a set of completions will show up. You can also just type a question mark, and you will see the list of all properties defined on the wiki at once.
As of Semantic MediaWiki 1.5.0, additional controls are shown under the text fields, which allow the user to pass parameters to the query that give extra control over how the data is displayed. The controls shown change according to the result format selected, as different formats support different parameters.
Running the query
You can run the query by hitting the 'find results' button in the lower left corner of the page, after which the results will be shown.
Starting with Semantic MediaWiki 1.8.0 options for further customization were introduced:
- CSS classes
.smw-ask-parameter-descriptioncan be used to change the parameter text display behaviour, e.g. font-size etc. (since SMW 1.8.0)
.smw-ask-query-conditioncan be used to change the input field "Query" for entering query conditions (since SMW 1.9.1)
.smw-ask-query-printoutcan be used to change the input field "Additional data to display" for entering the query printouts (since SMW 1.9.1)
- A setting to allow toggling between the standard parameter text or a compact info tooltip based display (since SMW 1.8.0)
- A setting to enable the option box to be collapsed by default (since SMW 1.8.0)
Results of a query displayed on this special page are not parsed further. This means that results for properties of datatype "text" containing links will be displayed as-is, i.e. links like SMW Project within the data value will be displayed as [[Help:SMW Project|SMW Project]] even if this configuration parameter is enabled.
- Help:Browsing interfaces: introduces all simple browsing interfaces of SMW, including the Factbox
- Help:Semantic search: covers advanced semantic queries, as are also used for inline queries
Help:Special:Ask en 1.8.0