TME:Namespaces

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All articles on the MediaWiki software are grouped under something called namespaces. These namespaces are the prefix before an article name. For example, "TME" is the namespace for this article as it precedes the title of the article, "Namespaces".

These namespaces help organize and categorize articles and are very useful for sub projects and various other items that are needed for the running of this wiki. A page with no namespace lies within the mainspace. Most articles fall into the mainspace.

This article is to list all the namespaces that are used on the wiki. Namespaces are always being added to the wiki as new projects form to expand the knowledge of a certain topic.

Standard namespaces[edit source]

Standard namespaces[edit source]

The standard MediaWiki installation has sixteen namespaces that can contain user-generated content; there are also two special namespaces that contain pages created 'on the fly' by the MediaWiki software. The standard namespaces are organized in pairs, with each pair containing a "subject namespace" and a "discussion namespace". The namespaces are numbered from zero such that all subject namespaces have even indices and all talk namespaces have odd indices. </translate>

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Media[edit source]

This namespace is used for direct linking to media files: the link [[1]] links to just the image rather than the image description page, which would be File:Wiki.png.

Special[edit source]

This namespace is used to group [[<tvar|help-specpages>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Special pages</>|special pages]], reports and interfaces that are generated "on demand" by MediaWiki and that are not directly editable. It is not possible to create pages in this namespace except by modifying or extending the MediaWiki software. </translate>

Template:Int[edit source]

<translate> The namespace that has no prefix separated by a colon. Commonly called the "main namespace" or "mainspace". This namespace typically contains the bulk of the content pages in a wiki. This namespace generally has no special properties.

Talk[edit source]

The "Talk" namespace is the discussion namespace attached to the mainspace. It has no special properties.

User[edit source]

Each user has a corresponding page in the User namespace, which is linked to from edit histories, watchlists, recent changes, etc; wherever an individual user is uniquely identified.

This page, and subpages of it, can be used by users to record information about themselves or to test and draft new content. Pages of the form "User:UserName/Foo.js" or "User:UserName/Foo.css" can only be edited by the user themselves or by [[<tvar|help-sysops>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Sysops and permissions</>|administrators]].

User talk[edit source]

This namespace is the talkspace associated with the User namespace. Pages in this namespace are mainly used to leave messages for particular users or inform them of discussions that may be of interest to them. To facilitate this, when a page User talk:UserName is edited, whenever the user "UserName" loads a page, a notice is displayed at the top of the page informing them of the edit: </translate>

<translate> This notice continues to appear until the user loads their user talk page to read the message.

Project[edit source]

This namespace is normally used for meta-discussions related to the operation and development of the wiki. It has no special properties.

Project talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated project pages. It has no special properties.

File[edit source]

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Wiki.png

<translate> The File namespace is used to store metadata for images, videos, sound files and other media accessed via the Media namespace. Each file has a corresponding page in the File namespace, which is often used to hold licensing data. Linking directly to a page in this namespace instead includes the media file inline in the page: [[File:Wiki.png|right]] produces the image to the right. See [[<tvar|help-images>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Images</>|Help:Images]] for more details of this link syntax.

To create an [[<tvar|help-links>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Links</>|internal link]] to the file page, you need to add a colon to the front of the namespace: [[:File:Wiki.png|right]] produces File:Wiki.png. The standard MediaWiki installation has alias "Image" for File namespace - See [[<tvar|ns-aliases>#ns-aliases</>|Namespace aliases]].

For linking media files directly, bypassing the description page, see [[<tvar|ns-media>#ns-media</>|Media namespace]].

File talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated media files. It has no special properties. </translate>

MediaWiki[edit source]

<translate> The MediaWiki namespace is used to hold system messages and other important content. For instance, the page MediaWiki:Edit (or MediaWiki:Vector-view-edit in the default "Vector" skin) contains the text that fills the "<tvar|int-edit>Template:Int</>" tab at the top of every page. If that page exists, it overrides the default content, which is "Edit". Similarly, MediaWiki:Common.css is the system message that holds the CSS code that is loaded for all users for each page. It has the special property that the entire namespace is fully protected and can only be edited by administrators.

MediaWiki talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated system messages. It has no special properties.

Template[edit source]

The Template namespace is used to hold [[<tvar|help-templates>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Templates</>|templates]], blocks of text or wikicode that are intended to be transcluded into several other pages. To facilitate this it has the special property that it is the default namespace for transclusions: the wikicode {{Foo}} is equivalent to {{Template:Foo}}.

Template talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated template pages. It has no special properties.

Help[edit source]

The Help namespace is usually used to hold help files, instructions and "how-to" guides. It has no special properties.

Help talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated help pages. It has no special properties.

Category[edit source]

The Category namespace contains [[<tvar|help-categories>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Categories</>|categories]], dynamic lists of other pages. To facilitate this, linking directly to a category page does not output an inline link, but instead includes the page into the associated category page. So the code [[Category:Help]] causes a category link to appear at the bottom of the page (at the bottom in the box marked "<tvar|int-pagecategories>Template:Int</>"). Clicking on that link takes you to the category page, where this page is visible in the category list.

To create an inline link to a category page, you need to add a colon to the front of the namespace: [[:Category:Help]] produces Category:Help. See [[<tvar|help-categories>Special:MyLanguage/Help:Categories</>|Help:Categories]] for more details on category link syntax.

Category talk[edit source]

This is a talk namespace that is normally used for discussions related to the associated category pages. It has no special properties.

Localisation[edit source]

Namespace names and aliases can be localized by developers.</translate> <translate> To request the localization of namespace names, please [<tvar|url>https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/task/create/?projects=MediaWiki-Internationalization</> file a MediaWiki internationalization task] at <tvar|phab>Template:Ll</>.</translate> <translate> In the description of the task, you should provide translations of all the namespaces in the table to the right, as well as any additional namespaces on your wiki (such as "Module" or "Gadget").