A parametrized %WEB macro

This plugin allows to render a link to a web. While linking to a topic is quite essential to wikis, linking to a web as an object of the wiki isn't that well supported. Most commonly a link to a web points to the %HOMETOPIC% topic of a web which serves as the entry point for all of the web. That's what %WEBLINK does as well. In addition it supports formatting the link in a custom way to display a more meaningful link text than the normal WebHome text. The %WEBLINK will be displaying the TopicTitle of the target topic.


  • create a link to a web
  • Syntax: %WEBLINK{web="..." name="..."}%
  • Supported parameters:
    Parameter: Description: Default:
    "web" name of the web to link to BASEWEB
    name="..." name to display instead of the web name BASEWEB (its tail in case it is a subweb)
    format="..." format string for the web link <a class="webLink $marker" href="$url" title="%ENCODE{"$tooltip" type="html"}%">$title</a>
    marker="..." string to be inserted into the format string if the web link points to the current web current
    class="..." css class used within the web link webLink

The following variables can be used in the format string:
  • $web: full qualified name of the web to link to
  • $topic: name of the topic to link to, defaults to WebHome
  • $title: title of the WebHome topic; this is either the topic name or its title
  • $name: name of the web, that is the tail of the web specification with all parent webs stripped off
  • $url: url for the link
  • $marker: the marker set to the "marker" string if the link points to the current web
  • $tooltip: tooltip for the link, mostly used in a title argument of an anchor
  • $summary: web summary as defined in the WEBSUMMARY preference variable

Installation Instructions

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. "Extensions Operation and Maintenance" Tab -> "Install, Update or Remove extensions" Tab. Click the "Search for Extensions" button. Enter part of the extension name or description and press search. Select the desired extension(s) and click install. If an extension is already installed, it will not show up in the search results.

You can also install from the shell by running the extension installer as the web server user: (Be sure to run as the webserver user, not as root!)
cd /path/to/foswiki
perl tools/extension_installer <NameOfExtension> install

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See https://foswiki.org/Support/ManuallyInstallingExtensions for more help.


Foswiki::Plugins::TopicTitlePlugin>1.00Required for Foswiki < 2.2

Change History

02 Jun 2018 modernized code; depend on new TopicTitlePlugin
14 Mar 2013 removed use of DBCachePlugin
07 May 2012 added web summary as defined in the WEBSUMMARY preference variable
30 Sep 2011 made dependency to Foswiki:Extensions/DBCachePlugin optional
29 Nov 2010 externalized from NatSkinPlugin

PackageForm edit

Author Michael Daum
Version 2.00
Release 2 Jun 2018
Description A parametrized %WEB macro
Repository https://github.com/foswiki/WebLinkPlugin
Copyright © 2010-2018 Michael Daum http://michaeldaumconsulting.com
License GPL (Gnu General Public License)
Home Foswiki:Extensions/WebLinkPlugin
Support Foswiki:Support/WebLinkPlugin
Topic revision: r4 - 02 Jun 2018, UnknownUser
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