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Template:Media link

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Usage

Template idea for the prefix Media:.

Media: vs. :File:

Both prefixes display a link instead of embedding the image itself but there are some key differences:

Prefix Sample Special:UnusedFiles prevention Provides a file page link Provides a special link to Special:Upload if a red link has been detected
Media: Media:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg
Media:aeilsdfilasjdl.png
Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
:File: File:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg
File:aeilsdfilasjdl.png
X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg

That's what this template addresses by bring the best of both worlds together. This template should be used in main articles only!

Use cases

{{media link}} testing for bugs:

MediaWiki parsing Code
File:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpgMedia:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg {{media link|Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg}}
File:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpgMedia:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg {{media link|Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg|}}
testMedia:Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg {{media link|Black Mage MH3o3 icon.jpg|test}}
[[Media:|test]] {{media link||test}}
[[Media:|File:]] {{media link||}}
[[Media:|File:]] {{media link|}}
[[Media:{{{1}}}|File:{{{1}}}]] {{media link}}
File:aeilsdfilasjdl.png {{media link|aeilsdfilasjdl.png}}
File:aeilsdfilasjdl.png {{media link|aeilsdfilasjdl.png|}}
test {{media link|aeilsdfilasjdl.png|test}}

Other

Uses {{!}}. Also hides media prefix usage with <span> tag and a simple CSS code. Special code implemented if a red link results from the file string specified.