Module:Check for unknown parameters

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This module may be appended to a template to check for uses of unknown parameters.

Usage[edit source]

Basic usage[edit source]

{{#invoke:check for unknown parameters|check
|unknown=[[Category:Some tracking category]]

or to sort the entries in the tracking category by parameter with a preview error message

{{#invoke:check for unknown parameters|check
|unknown=[[Category:Some tracking category|_VALUE_]]
|preview=unknown parameter "_VALUE_"

or for an explicit red error message

{{#invoke:check for unknown parameters|check
|unknown=<span class="error">Sorry, I don't recognize _VALUE_</span>

or to use hidden error messages which can be viewed in the HTML source and a preview error message

{{#invoke:check for unknown parameters|check
|unknown=<span class="error" style="display:none">HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "_VALUE_" is not recognized</span>
|preview=unknown parameter "_VALUE_"

Here, arg1, arg2, ..., argN, are the known parameters. Any parameter which is used, but not on this list, will cause the module to return whatever is passed with the unknown parameter. The _VALUE_ keyword, if used, will be changed to the name of the parameter. This is useful for either sorting the entries in a tracking category, or for provide more explicit information.

By default, the module makes no distinction between a defined-but-blank parameter and a non-blank parameter. To only track non-blank parameters use |ignoreblank=1.

Regular expressions[edit source]

This module supports regular expressions, which are useful when there are many known parameters which use a systematic pattern. For example, template:infobox3cols uses

| regexp1 = header[%d][%d]*
| regexp2 = label[%d][%d]*
| regexp3 = data[%d][%d]*[abc]?
| regexp4 = class[%d][%d]*[abc]?
| regexp5 = rowclass[%d][%d]*
| regexp6 = rowstyle[%d][%d]*
| regexp7 = rowcellstyle[%d][%d]*

to match all parameters of the form headerNUM, labelNUM, dataNUM, dataNUMa, dataNUMb, dataNUMc, ..., rowcellstyleNUM, where NUM is a string of digits.

Example[edit source]

| above = {{{name|}}}

| label1 = Height
| data1 = {{{height|}}}

| label2 = Weight
| data2 = {{{weight|}}}

| label3 = Website
| data3 = {{{website|}}}
  end infobox, start tracking
-->{{#invoke:Check for unknown parameters|check
| unknown = [[Category:Some tracking category|_VALUE_]]
| preview = unknown parameter "_VALUE_"
| name
| height | weight
| website

Templates invoking this module[edit source]

The following is a list of templates which invoke this module, with the associated category for each.

See also[edit source]

-- This module may be used to compare the arguments passed to the parent
-- with a list of arguments, returning a specified result if an argument is
-- not on the list
local p = {}

local function trim(s)
	return s:match('^%s*(.-)%s*$')

local function isnotempty(s)
	return s and trim(s) ~= ''

function p.check (frame)
	local args = frame.args
	local pargs = frame:getParent().args
	local ignoreblank = isnotempty(frame.args['ignoreblank'])
	local checkpos = isnotempty(frame.args['checkpositional'])
	local knownargs = {}
	local unknown = 'Found _VALUE_, '
	local preview = nil

	local res = {}
	local regexps = {}
	local comments = {}
	local commentstr = ''
	local ispreview = frame:preprocess( "{{REVISIONID}}" ) == "" and 1 or 0

	-- create the list of known args, regular expressions, and the return string
	for k, v in pairs(args) do
		if type(k) == 'number' then
			v = trim(v)
			knownargs[v] = 1
		elseif k == 'unknown' and ispreview == 0 then
			unknown = v
		elseif k == 'preview' and ispreview == 1 then
			preview = v
		elseif k:find('^regexp[1-9][0-9]*$') then
			table.insert(regexps, '^' .. v .. '$')
	if preview and preview ~= '' then preview = '<div class="hatnote" style="color:red"><strong>Warning:</strong> ' .. preview .. ' (this message is shown only in preview).</div>' end
	if ispreview == 1 and preview then unknown = preview end
	-- adds one result to the output tables
	local function addresult(k)
		if k == '' then
			-- Fix odd bug for | = which gets stripped to the empty string and
			-- breaks category links
			k = ' '
		local r = unknown:gsub('_VALUE_', k)
		table.insert(res, r)
		table.insert(comments, '"' .. k .. '"')

	-- loop over the parent args, and make sure they are on the list
	for k, v in pairs(pargs) do
		if type(k) == 'string' and knownargs[k] == nil then
			local knownflag = false
			for i, regexp in ipairs(regexps) do
				if mw.ustring.match(k, regexp) then
					knownflag = true
			if not knownflag and ( not ignoreblank or isnotempty(v) )  then
				k = mw.ustring.gsub(k, '[^%w\-_ ]', '?')
		elseif checkpos and
			type(k) == 'number' and 
			knownargs[tostring(k)] == nil and
			( not ignoreblank or isnotempty(v) )

	if #comments > 0 then
		commentstr = '<!-- Module:Check for unknown parameters results: ' ..
			table.concat(comments, ', ') .. '-->'
	return table.concat(res) .. commentstr

return p