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The WSSearchFront extension is a front-end for WSSearch written in Vue.js

For installation instructions see the extension page

For full-text search and showing highlighted result snippets WSSemanticParsedText need to be installed and Semantic MediaWiki has to be configured to use elasticStore and store raw text in Elasticsearch with the following setting in LocalSettings.php
$smwgElasticsearchConfig["indexer"]["raw.text"] = true;


The WSSearchFront extension must be configured using the WSSearchFrontend parser function

There are 3 types of configuration:

  • Settings, without a prefix
  • Filter settings, prefixed with a @
  • Result settings, prefixed with a ?

Configurations can have setting options prefixed with a #

Example configuration:

|title=Page Title
    #label=Publication year
    #template=Rating icon

Available configuration options


These are optional settings for the main interface

パラメーター パラメーター値 設定 設定値 説明 既定
size <number> defines how many results are shown per page 10 size=10
size options <number>, <number> if set a drop-down with the defined size options will be shown size options=10, 20, 50
title <property> property that will be used for the search results title and link page title=Title



#label <text> sets a label for the title column in table layout
#highlight true highlights the search term in the title
#urlstring <text> adds search terms as an url parameter named by the value to the links href
sort <property> sets sorting alphabetically based on a property instead of the default relevance order score sort=Title
sort options <property>, <property> if set a drop-down with sort options will be shown, default results will be sorted by relevance, optional a label for the property to sort on can be set by adding text before the property devised by : sort options=Version, Title
<text>:<property>,<text>:<property> sort options=Version number:Version, Page name:Title
layout table changes the layout for the search results to a table layout=table
clear term if set, the 'clear all filters' button also clears the search term clear=term
facets <number> how many facets to show before a 'show more' button is shown 5 facets=10

Search result settings

These are optional settings for the search result output they are defined by adding a ? in front of the property name.

パラメーター 設定 設定値 説明
?<property> #display image displays an image, the property must be the full URL to the image ?Image#display=image
link creates a link from a property ?User#display=link
pill creates a pill, that can be used for filter selection ?Tag#display=pill
template parses a template, add #template=<template> . The {{{Page|}}} and {{{Value|}}} parameters are passed to the template ?Icon#display=template

#template=Icon for search

#template <template> used with #display=template
#label <text> adds a label in front of the displayed property value. When table layout is used it defines the tabel column header name ?Rating#label=Page rating
#highlight true highlights the search term on the displayed property value ?Description#highlight=true

Facets filter settings

Facet filters are defined by adding an @ in front of the property name. All settings are optional. When no display setting is used the default checkboxes are displayed.

Filter properties also need to be set in the WSSearchConfig, except for display type ask combobox, search, datepicker, date and range see WSSearch for more information

Some display types need a setting with an ask query, see Semantic MediaWiki ask query string for more information about them.

パラメーター 設定 設定値 説明
@<property> #display combobox shows a drop-down combo-box instead of the default checkboxes @Author#display=combobox
ask combobox shows a combobox and uses an ask query as you type to generate options. see ask combox for more information @Author

#display=ask combobox


#data=Full name

search adds a search input for the specified property @Title#display=search
datepicker adds two DateInputWidgets that are used for filtering the results by a date property @Modification date#display=datepicker
range adds the default checkboxes but with a set of ranges from the property. see range for more information @Range




sorted adds the default checkboxes but sorts on a given ask query. see sorted for more information @Tag



#data=-Tag group.Name

#text=Tag name

date shows date facets with ranges for 'last week', 'last moth', 'last quarter', and 5 years, needs #type=date to be set @Modification date



slider adds a range slider, a max can be set with #max=<number> @Version



#label <text> defines a label to be used for display instead of the property name @User


#logic or set logic to or, needs 'post filter properties' setting in back-end WSSearchConfig. see WSSearch for more information @Tag


#sort alphabetically sorts the facets alphabetically, default facets are sorted by page count @Tag


alphanumeric sorts the facets alphanumeric, default facets are sorted by page count @Tag#sort=alphanumeric
#translation <property> translates the property values based on a given ask query. only applicable for properties of type Page. @Service



ask combobox
#display=ask combobox
設定 説明
#query <ask> ask query
  #display=ask combobox
  #data=Tag ID
  #text=Tag name
#data <property> property for options
#text <property> label for options
#search true searches for typed term on enter key
設定 説明
#query <ask> ask query
  #query=[[Tag::+]][[-Has subobject.Type::Search Tag]]
  #data=-Has subobject.Name
  #text=Tag name
#data <property> property to sort on
#text <property> property for display
setting values description example
#max <number> maximum number of ranges
#step <number> step for range
#type date type for date ranges

Styling and layout

WSSearchFront can be styled using CSS. Components are logically named using BEM convention, and the layout is defined with CSS Grid. You can just add your own style-sheet, by adding your CSS to common.css or you could use TemplateStyles.


Below you find the default layout, grid-template-columns defines the columns sizes, grid-template-rows define the row sizes.

The different components can be moved around by changing the grid-template-areas. In the default layout the search component spans over the whole first row.

.wssearch {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: 20ch 1fr auto;
    minmax(2em, auto)
    "search search search"
    "selected selected order"
    "filters total total"
    "filters main main";
  grid-gap: 0.5em 2em;

The available components are:

  • search this is the search input including the search button
  • selected this is the area where the pills for selected filter show up
  • order this is the area where the sort options drop-down will show if sort options are set in the configuration
  • filters this is where the different facet filters will be located
  • total this where the result count will show up
  • main this is the area where the search result are shown, including the pagers


WSSearchFront uses CSS variables to define colors and icons, the following variables are available to override

  • --base-color
  • --base-color-lighter
  • --base-color-darker
  • --tint-1
  • --border-1
  • --star-size


  • --search-icon
  • --clear-icon
  • --check-icon
  • --next-icon
  • --back-icon
  • --down-icon
  • --up-icon


WSSearchFront is written with Vue.js and is pre-built. For performance and for old wiki support reasons. The development repository is based on Vue-CLI and includes mock data and development modules for easy development.

It can be found here WSSearch development repository.

The final build files are added to the module folder in the WSSearchFront extension folder.