Wiki Site-Level Preferences

This topic defines site-level settings that apply to all users and webs on this site.

ALERT! Note: This topic should be regarded as read-only, so that upgrades can safely overwrite it without risk to your customizations.

Preference settings local to your site should be set in SitePreferences (this topic is pointed to by {LocalSitePreferences}, which is set by the admin in the configure interface). Settings in SitePreferences will override settings in this topic, and should be used for defining custom settings.

Read more on how to set preferences.

Default Web Preferences

ALERT! NOTE: These are just defaults; don't change them here. Instead, add them to the WebPreferences topic in each web

  • Web-specific background color: (is overwritten by web preferences)

  • Image, URL and alternate tooltip text of web's logo.

  • List this web in the SiteMap:
    • If yes, set SITEMAPLIST to on, do not set NOSEARCHALL, and add the "what" and "use to..." description for the site map. Make sure to list only links that include the name of the web, e.g. System.Topic links.

  • Copyright notice:

  • Simplified Copyright notice for the WebRss feed (don't use any special characters, html tags, entities, wiki markup or WikiWords)

  • Exclude web from a web="all" search: (Set to on for hidden webs; is overwritten by web preferences) Note it is much better to use AccessControls in individual webs to control who can and can't view the contents of a web. NOSEARCHALL is retained for compatibility, but you should avoid using it.
  • Prevent automatic linking of WikiWords and acronyms (if set to on); link WikiWords (if empty); can be overwritten by web preferences:
    • Note: Use the [[...][...]] syntax to link topics in case you disabled WikiWord linking. The <noautolink> ... </noautolink> syntax can be used to prevents links within a block of text.

  • Warn if %INCLUDE{}% of topic fails: Fail silently if empty or off. Output warning message (defined in templates/oopsalerts.tmpl) if set to on. Otherwise output specific text (use $topic for topic). You can override this in web preferences, or by using a warn="..." parameter with %INCLUDE{}% :

  • Generated Table of Contents (TOC) settings
    • The first header level to appear in the TOC:
        • If not set: 1
        • Possible values: 1 to 6
    • The last header level to appear in the TOC:
        • If not set: 6
        • Possible values: 1 to 6
        • Can be overridden by depth parameter of TOC
    • The default TOC title:
        • If not set: nothing
        • Possible values: any string, for example On this page:
        • Can be overridden by title parameter of TOC
    • Do not show a TOC if the topic it contains is included in another topic:
        • If not set: included TOC is shown
        • Possible values: on or nothing

Default User Settings

ALERT! NOTE: They are typically redefined in the individual users topic. eg. WikiGuest.

  • Show tool-tip topic info on mouse-over of WikiWord links. Setting can be on, off, or customized. An empty setting or off setting disables the tool-tips (for better performance). The setting can contain $summary to show the topic summary, $date for the last change date, $rev for the revision, $username for the login name of the last editor, $wikiname for the WikiName, $wikiusername for Main.WikiName, $topic for the topic name, and $web for the web name
    • #Set LINKTOOLTIPINFO = $username - $date - r$rev: $summary
      • This is exactly equivalent to:
    • #Set LINKTOOLTIPINFO = on

Deprecated editor settings

These settings are overridden by an editor cookie that is set when using the Sizing and font buttons on the lower right corner of the edit window. These settings will be ignored once a FOSWIKIPREF cooke has been set. They have been removed from Foswiki 2.0.

  • Horizontal size of text edit box: (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Vertical size of text edit box: (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Style of text edit box. Set to width: 99% for full window width (default; this will override the EDITBOXWIDTH setting), or width: auto to disable. This setting works for IE and some other recent browsers. (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Style of the user signature

  • Default state of the Force New Revision check box in preview. Check box is initially checked if Set FORCENEWREVISIONCHECKBOX = checked="checked", or unchecked if empty: (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Default state of the Minor Changes, Don't Notify check box in preview. Check box is initially checked if Set DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX = checked="checked", or unchecked if empty: (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Default state of the link check box in the attach file page. Checkbox is initially checked if Set ATTACHLINKBOX = checked="checked", or unchecked if empty (Set ATTACHLINKBOX =). If checked, a link is created to the attached file at the end of the topic: (can be overwritten by user preferences)

  • Format of file link when the link check box is checked: (can be overwritten by user preferences)
    HELP NOTE: Keyword $filename gets expanded to filename; $fileurl gets expanded to the urlencoded filename; $comment to comment; \t to tab (3 spaces for bullets).
    
    

  • Format of images when the link check box is checked: (can be overwritten by user preferences)
    HELP NOTE: Keyword $filename gets expanded to filename; $fileurl gets expanded to the urlencoded filename; $comment to comment; $size to width="..." height="..." attribute of img tag; \t to tab and \n to linefeed (3 spaces for bullets).
    
    

Platform Settings

  • Site name:

  • Image, URL and alternate tooltip text of the logo for this installation: you should change these settings for your site, or they can be overwridden in WebPreferences for individual webs by defining these settings there.

  • Home page of this site

  • Broadcast message for skins supporting a %BROADCASTMESSAGE% at the top of the page: (IMPORTANT: Set to empty message if not used; #Comment out unused messages)
    • #Set BROADCASTMESSAGE = NOTE: Edit and Attach will be disabled today between 05:00 PM and 06:00 PM PDT (00:00 to 01:00 GMT) for a scheduled Wiki maintenance.
    • IDEA! Note: if you need to block all user access (view included) the easiest way it to change the configure AccessControl option to AdminOnlyAccess (see the Security and Authentication section)

Search Settings

  • Default type for search bin script, one of: keyword (for search engine like syntax), regex (for RegularExpression search), or literal (for verbatim search). It does not influence the default for the WebSearch
  • Default for %SEARCH{}% macro, one of: keyword, regex, or literal
  • Stop words, e.g., common words and characters to exclude from a keyword search:
  • Default page size for Index topics - such as WebIndex, WebSearch

TIP Customize the Search and Jump boxes at the top of the page by customizing the WebTopBar. See PatternSkinCustomization and WebTopBarExample.

E-mail Settings

  • 'Mail this topic' mailto: link - can be included in topics, templates or skins

  • 'Mail this topic' link text

  • URL for current topic
    • Shortcut TOPICURL -- absolute URL for the current topic

Registration configuration options

Add user to group during registration

Note, this feature also must be enabled on the UserRegistration page by adding extraField_groups to the optionalFields section. See UserAuthentication for more information.
  • Group type settings during registration:
    • automatic: users will be automatically added to eligible groups
    • one: users can select one of the groups
    • multiple: users can select from multiple groups to join
    • none: user cannot be added to groups while registering

  • If REGISTRATIONGROUPS is set to a comma separated list of groups, only those listed groups will be shown in the UserRegistration form. If it is unset, then group change permissions will be used to create the list of groups eligible for selection during registration. (When using "self-registration" by guest users, the RegistrationAgent's permissions are used. If the registration is entered by another logged in user, that user's permissions are used).
    • #Set REGISTRATIONGROUPS =

  • Implementation Notes:
    • If the RegistrationAgent or logged in user does not have permission to change one of the listed groups, then that group will be silently skipped. The user will not be added to the group.
    • Group permissions are stored in Topic Settings, not inline in the group topic. Edit the Group Topic Settings to change permissions.

Change of Password Message

  • If password management is not handled by Foswiki, this message will be displayed on ChangePassword and ResetPassword. If email is disabled, it will also be displayed on ResetPassword. Replace this generic text with a reference to how to change or reset password within your organisation.

HTTP-EQUIV Settings

TIP NOTE: Changing cache behaviour with these settings should not be necessary and may cause cache-related problems. These settings do not affect proxy caches.
  • NOTE: The current values of these preferences are not displayed in view mode (values are <link>-tags).

  • http-equiv meta tags for view, rdiff, attach, search* scripts:
    • #Set HTTP_EQUIV_ON_VIEW =

  • http-equiv meta tags for edit script:

  • http-equiv meta tags for preview script:

Extension Settings

  • Skin overriding the default templates: (can be overwritten by WebPreferences and user preferences)

JQuery

  • List of Foswiki preferences, the values of which are made available through the foswiki.getPreference() javascript function. Note: Plugin authors can extend this list in their initPlugin using the following simple code fragment. Say you want to add 'MYPREF' to the list:
        my $pref = Foswiki::Func::getPreferencesValue('EXPORTEDPREFERENCES')||'';
        my @list = split(/[,\s]+/, $pref);
        unless (grep { /^MYPREF$/ } @list) {
            push(@list, 'MYPREF');
        }
        Foswiki::Func::setPreferencesValue(
            'EXPORTEDPREFERENCES', join(',', @list));
        

PatternSkin

  • Global skin styles. To change the look of the site, point these variables to custom CSS attachments.

  • Overriding styles that add upon the global and theme styles. Enabled by default but empty to prevent browsers from fetching %USERLAYOUTURL%-style URLs.

  • Top bar background image and color

Skin icons

  • Topic containing the icon graphics library. Icons can easily be rendered with %ICON{name}%.

TinyMCEPlugin

  • Topic containing a section named INIT which will hold the default initialisation parameters for the TinyMCE editor.
    • #Set TINYMCEPLUGIN_INIT_TOPIC = TinyMCEPlugin
      HELP Not set in this topic, the plugin assumes this value if missing

TwistyPlugin

  • Show/hide animation speed: 'fast', 'slow', or integer milliseconds | 0 (no animation)

Legacy support

  • Support for legacy "EDITTOPIC", used to be hard-coded, now replaced by TMPL:P conditional instantiation
  • Support for MAINWEB which is often used in older legacy webs that have been upgraded to Foswiki

Plugins Settings

Rendering Shortcuts Settings

  • Line break: Note that the setting has an intentional trailing space
    • Shortcut BR -- line break

  • Clear floats:
    • Shortcut CLEAR -- clear floats

  • Bullet sign:
    • Shortcut BULLET -- •

  • Vertical bar / pipe symbol:
    • Shortcut VBAR -- |

  • Vertical caret symbol:
    • Shortcut CARET -- ^

  • Line break and bullet with different levels of indentation:
    • Shortcut BB -- line break and bullet
    • Shortcut BB2 -- line break and bullet
    • Shortcut BB3 -- line break and bullet
    • Shortcut BB4 -- line break and bullet

  • Hint: Above shortcuts are useful in tables where you cannot use newlines

  • Macros for graphics used in documentation - view all images in DocumentGraphics:

  • Colored text: (see more StandardColors)
    You type: %RED% red text %ENDCOLOR% and %GREEN% green text %ENDCOLOR%
    You get: red text and green text
    • Note: %<color>% text must end with %ENDCOLOR%. If you want to switch from one color to another one you first need to end the active color with %ENDCOLOR%, e.g. write %RED% some text %ENDCOLOR% %GREEN% more text %ENDCOLOR%.
    • Set YELLOW = looks like this
    • Set ORANGE = looks like this
    • Set RED = looks like this
    • Set PINK = looks like this
    • Set PURPLE = looks like this
    • Set TEAL = looks like this
    • Set NAVY = looks like this
    • Set BLUE = looks like this
    • Set AQUA = looks like this
    • Set LIME = looks like this
    • Set GREEN = looks like this
    • Set OLIVE = looks like this
    • Set MAROON = looks like this
    • Set BROWN = looks like this
    • Set BLACK = looks like this
    • Set GRAY = looks like this
    • Set SILVER = looks like this
    • Set WHITE = looks like this (with gray background)
    • The following color settings are enclosed in verbatim tags to avoid incorrect nesting of XHTML tags, and in sticky to prevent wrapping of the closing verbatim.


Miscellaneous Settings

  • Format of a NewWikiWord link:
  • Note that $text is the topic link text, $topic is the name of the new topic, and $web is the name of the web for the new topic. Values for the 3 are taken from the link syntax [[$web.$topic][$text]]. For normal plain WikiWord links $text and $topic are the same. The value of $web is the current web unless the link is in the format $web.$topic.
    • Default setting:

  • User-friendly synonyms for system webs

  • Show extra help for ApacheLogin users for AdminUser login

  • Formatting of revision comparison: sequential, sidebyside or debug

  • Debug settings for use by Javascript and CSS authors

  • Redefine these as follows for debugging:
    • #Set FWSRC = _src
    • #Set FWCOMPRESSED = .uncompressed
    • #Set FWUNCOMPRESSED = .uncompressed

Access Control Settings

  • No-one (except admins) should change this topic

Accessible configuration items

Note that any configuration variable accessed via QUERY must be included in the definition of {AccessibleCFG} in configure (expert setting)

Creating New Preference Settings

You can introduce new preference settings and use them in your topics and templates. There is no need to change the Foswiki engine (Perl scripts).
  • A preference is defined in a bullet item: [3 spaces] * [space] Set NAME = value
    Example (as a nested bullet item, indented 6 spaces):
    • Set WEBBGCOLOR = #FFFFC0
  • Preferences are used as Macros by enclosing the name in percent signs: %. Example:
    • When you write %WEBBGCOLOR%, it gets expanded to #FFD8AA .

ALERT! The sequential order of the preference settings is significant. Define preferences that use other preferences FIRST. For example, set WEBCOPYRIGHT before WIKIWEBMASTER since the copyright notice uses the Wiki administrator e-mail address.

ALERT! In order to protect your custom preferences from being overwritten when upgrading the DefaultPreferences topic, it is recommended that all custom settings are defined in SitePreferences.

Protected System Settings

The following macros are declared final to protect them as read only. These are system macros that should never be attempted set or altered in any preference topic or topic settings.

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Topic revision: r4 - 27 Jun 2016, EikeJuerrens
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