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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[rætta wikitekst]

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

or to sort the entries in the tracking category by parameter

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

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

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.

Example[rætta wikitekst]

| 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_]]
| name
| height | weight
| website

See also[rætta wikitekst]

-- 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 isnotempty(s)
	return s and s:match( '^%s*(.-)%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 res = {}
	local comments = {}
	local commentstr = ''
	-- create the list of known args, and the return string
	for k, v in pairs(args) do
		if type(k) == 'number' then
			v = mw.ustring.gsub(v, '^%s*(.-)%s*$', '%1')
			knownargs[v] = 1
			if (k == 'unknown' and type(v) == 'string') then
				unknown = v

	-- 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
			if( (not ignoreblank) or (ignoreblank and isnotempty(v)) ) then
				k = mw.ustring.gsub(k, '[^%w\-_ ]', '?')
				local r = mw.ustring.gsub(unknown, '_VALUE_', k)
				table.insert(res, r)
				table.insert(comments, '"' .. k .. '"')
		elseif(checkpos and type(k) == 'number' and knownargs[tostring(k)] == nil) then
			if( (not ignoreblank) or (ignoreblank and isnotempty(v)) ) then
				local r = mw.ustring.gsub(unknown, '_VALUE_', k)
				table.insert(res, r)
				table.insert(comments, '"' .. k .. '"')

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

return p