Module:Namespace detect

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This module allows you to output different text depending on the namespace that a given page is in. It is a Lua implementation of the {{namespace detect}} template, with a few improvements: all namespaces and all namespace aliases are supported, and namespace names are detected automatically for the local wiki.


{{#invoke: Namespace detect | main
| page              = <!-- page to detect namespace for, if not the current page -->
| main              = <!-- text to return for the main namespace -->
| talk              = <!-- text to return for talk namespaces -->

<!-- text to return for specific subject namespaces -->
| portal            = 
| category          = 
| user 	            = 
| wikipedia         = 
| education program = 
| mediawiki         = 
| book              = 
| timedtext         = 
| template          = 
| special           = 
| media             = 
| file              = 
| image             = 
| help 	            = 
| module            = 

| other             = <!-- text to return for unspecified namespaces -->
| demospace         = <!-- namespace to display text for -->

| subjectns         = <!-- set to "yes" to treat talk pages as the corresponding subject page -->


  • main - text to return if the page is in the main namespace.
  • talk - text to return if the page is in a talk namespace. This can be any talk namespace - it will match any of "Talk:", "Wikipedia talk:", "User talk:", etc.
  • Subject namespace parameters, e.g. wikipedia, user, file... - the text to return if the page is in the corresponding namespace. This module accepts all subject namespaces as parameters, including namespace aliases and virtual namespaces. See below for a list of supported values.
  • other - text to return if no parameters for the page's namespace were specified. This text is also returned if |demospace= is set to an invalid namespace value.
  • subjectns - if on a talk page, use the corresponding subject page. Can be set with values of "yes", "y", "true" or "1".
  • demopage - specifies a page to detect the namespace of. If not specified, and if the |demospace= parameter is not set, then the module uses the current page.
  • demospace - force the module to behave as if the page was in the specified namespace. Often used for demonstrations.

Namespace parameters

Possible values for subject namespace parameters are as follows:

Namespace Aliases
gadget definition
wikitia project
file image

Table function

Use the following to display a table with the different possible namespace parameters:

{{#invoke:Namespace detect|table|talk=yes}}

To include the parameter for talk namespaces, use |talk=yes.

Porting to different wikis

This module is designed to be portable. To use it on a different wiki, all you need to do is to change the values in Module:Namespace detect/config. Instructions are available on that page.

Technical details

The module uses a data page at Module:Namespace detect/data. This page is loaded with mw.loadData, which means it is processed once per page rather than once per #invoke. This was done for performance reasons.

--                                                                                                --
--                                           NAMESPACE DETECT                                     --
--                                                                                                --
--      This module implements the {{namespace detect}} template in Lua, with a few               --
--      improvements: all namespaces and all namespace aliases are supported, and namespace       --
--      names are detected automatically for the local wiki. Function names can be configured     --
--      for different wikis by altering the values in the "cfg" table.                            --
--                                                                                                --

--                                          Configuration data                                    --
--      Language-specific parameter names can be set here.                                        --

local cfg = {}

-- The name for the parameter to display content for the main namespace:
cfg.main = 'main'

-- The name for the parameter to display content in talk namespaces: = 'talk'

-- The name for the parameter to display content for "other" namespaces (namespaces for which
-- parameters have not been specified, or for when cfg.demospace is set to cfg.other):
cfg.other = 'other'

-- The name for the parameter to set a demonstration namespace:
cfg.demospace = 'demospace'

-- The name for the parameter to set a specific page to compare: = 'page'

-- The header for the namespace column in the wikitable containing the list of possible
-- subject-space parameters.
cfg.wikitableNamespaceHeader = 'Namespace'

-- The header for the wikitable containing the list of possible subject-space parameters.
cfg.wikitableAliasesHeader = 'Aliases'

--                                       End configuration data                                   --

-- Declare the table of functions to return.
local p = {}

-- Get the page object. This will return the page object for the page specified, or nil if there are
-- errors in the title or if the expensive function count has been exceeded.
function p.getPageObject(page)
    if page then
        -- Get the page object, passing the function through pcall in case we are over the expensive
		-- function count limit.
        local noError, pageObject = pcall(, page)
        if not noError then
            return nil
            return pageObject
        return mw.title.getCurrentTitle()

--[[ Returns a table of how parameter names map to namespace names. The keys are the actual namespace 
  names, in lower case, and the values are the possible parameter names for that namespace, also in
  lower case. The table entries are structured like this:
    [''] = {
    ['wikipedia'] = {
        {'wikipedia', 'project', 'wp'}
function p.getParamMappings()
    local mappings = {}
    mappings[mw.ustring.lower([0].name)] = {cfg.main}
    mappings[] = {}
    for nsid, ns in pairs( do
        if nsid ~= 0 then -- Exclude main namespace.
            local nsname = mw.ustring.lower(
            local canonicalName = mw.ustring.lower(ns.canonicalName)
            mappings[nsname] = {nsname}
            if canonicalName ~= nsname then
                table.insert(mappings[nsname], canonicalName)
            for _, alias in ipairs(ns.aliases) do
                table.insert(mappings[nsname], mw.ustring.lower(alias))
    return mappings

--[[ Create a wikitable of all subject namespace parameters, for documentation purposes. The talk 
  parameter is optional, in case it needs to be excluded in the documentation.
function p.table(frame)
	-- Find whether to use the talk link or not.
    local useTalk = type(frame) == 'table' and type(frame.args) == 'table' and == 'yes'

    -- Get the parameter mappings.
    local mappings = p.getParamMappings()
    -- Start the wikitable.
    local ret = '{| class="wikitable"'
        .. '\n|-'
        .. '\n! ' .. cfg.wikitableNamespaceHeader
        .. '\n! ' .. cfg.wikitableAliasesHeader
    -- Generate the row for the main namespace, as we want this
    -- to be first in the list.
    ret = ret .. '\n|-'
        .. '\n| <code>' .. cfg.main .. '</code>'
        .. '\n|'

    if useTalk then
        ret = ret .. '\n|-'
            .. '\n| <code>' .. .. '</code>'
            .. '\n|'
    -- Enclose all parameter names in <code> tags.
    for ns, params in pairs(mappings) do
        if ns ~=[0].name then
            for i, param in ipairs(params) do
                mappings[ns][i] = '<code>' .. param .. '</code>'
    -- Generate the other wikitable rows.
    for ns, params in pairs(mappings) do
        if ns ~=[0].name then -- Ignore the main namespace.
            ret = ret .. '\n|-'
                .. '\n| ' .. params[1]
                .. '\n| ' .. table.concat(params, ', ', 2)
    -- End the wikitable.
    ret = ret .. '\n|-'
        .. '\n|}'
    return ret

-- Gets the namespace name to compare to the arguments. The returned value is lower-case.
local function getNamespace(page, demospace)
    local ret
    if demospace then
        -- Handle "demospace = main" properly.
        if mw.ustring.lower(demospace) == cfg.main then
            ret =[0].name
            ret = demospace
        local pageObject = p.getPageObject(page)
        if pageObject then
            if pageObject.isTalkPage then
                -- {{namespace detect}} uses the same value for all talk namespaces, so that's what
				-- the module should do too.
                ret =
                ret = pageObject.nsText
            return nil -- return nil if the page object doesn't exist.
    return mw.ustring.lower(ret)

-- Compare the namespace found with the parameters that have been specified, and return content of
-- the appropriate parameter.
function p._main(args)
    -- Get the namespace to compare the parameters to, and the parameter mapping table.
    local namespace = getNamespace(args[], args[cfg.demospace])
    local mappings = p.getParamMappings()
    -- Check for any matches in the namespace arguments. The order we check them doesn't matter,
	-- as there can only be one match.
    for ns, params in pairs(mappings) do
        if ns == namespace then
            -- Check all aliases for matches. The default local namespace is checked first, as
			-- {{namespace detect}} checked these before alias names.
            for _, param in ipairs(params) do
                if args[param] then
                    return args[param]
    -- If there were no matches, return parameters for other namespaces. This happens if there
	-- was no text specified for the namespace that was detected or if the demospace parameter
	-- is not a valid namespace. Note that the parameter for the detected namespace must be
	-- completely absent for this to happen, not merely blank.
    if args[cfg.other] then
        return args[cfg.other]

function p.main(frame)
    -- If called via #invoke, use the args passed into the invoking template, or the args
	-- passed to #invoke if any exist. Otherwise assume args are being passed directly in.
    local origArgs
    if frame == mw.getCurrentFrame() then
        origArgs = frame:getParent().args
        for k, v in pairs(frame.args) do
            origArgs = frame.args
        origArgs = frame
    -- Trim whitespace and remove blank arguments for demospace and page parameters.
    local args = {}
    for k, v in pairs(origArgs) do
        if type(v) == 'string' then
            v = mw.text.trim(v) -- Trim whitespace.
        if k == cfg.demospace or k == then
            if v ~= '' then
                args[k] = v
            args[k] = v
    return p._main(args)

return p