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This recipe helps you replace the default '?' that appears after a link to a page that doesn't exist, with something else like '[Create]'.


The solution is simply to redefine the variable $WikiPageCreateFmt to your liking. Here's an example which you can add to your local/config.php:

  $WikiPageCreateFmt = "<span class='createlink'>\$LinkText</span><a ".
	"class='createlink' href='\$PageUrl?action=edit'>[Create]</a>";

You might also want to add something like the following to one of your style files (.css):

  A.createlink { font-size:64%; }	

This class definition above will make the text '[Create]' use a smaller font.

Here is another example, where the link to create the page has also been given a title attribute. In many browsers the title is shown in a popup when you hold the mouse over the link, which in this case means that the user will get more information about what the link does.

  $WikiPageCreateFmt = "<span class='createlink'>\$LinkText</span><a ".
  	"class='createlink' href='\$PageUrl?action=edit' title=".
	"'Use this link to create the page \"\$PageName\"'>[Create]</a>";


Remember that there are typically two steps to doing this customization:

  • Specify the variable $WikiPageCreateFmt in for instance local/config.php
  • Optionally specify a special style of the create link in one of the style files that are included by your wiki pages.

Tip: It looks pretty good if you place the "[Create]" as superscript, using the <sup>[Create]</sup>.

See Also

The implementation of this customization was discussed in this thread:


2004-07-08: This page was created.

Comments & Bugs

For clarity, one can tweak the style files (.css) as follows:

   A.createlink { 
          font-size : 64%; 
          padding-left : 3px;

This will insert a 3-pixel space between the new Wiki page title and the [Create] label.

Or, you might omit the styling and use <sup>Create</sup>, so the Create text appears as a superscript. And some wikis have a convention that links to create a page are red.

To get the supescript and still be standards complient, it would be better to change the style above to something like this:

   A.createlink { 
          font-size : 64%; 
          vertical-align: super;
          padding-left : 3px;

Rather than using the <sup> tag

Or if you space wiki words, you might include the following:

    $WikiPageCreateSpaceFmt = str_replace('$LinkText','($LinkText)',

This will show a new page as (new page)? instead of new page?


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