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Magic links are automatic links for certain unique identifiers that require no markup.

Magic links will be removed from the MediaWiki code at some point (see This MediaWiki RfC). This March 2017 (English Wikipedia) RfC determined that these magic links should be replaced by the {{ISBN}}, {{PMID}}, and {{IETF RFC}} templates.

ISBNEdit

The following instructions are deprecated. Editors should use the {{ISBN}} template to link ISBNs.

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. The created link is to Special:BookSources. The allowable formats are:

  • 10 or 13 digits
  • optional delimiting hyphens or spaces
  • 1 check character
Markup Renders as
ISBN 978-0-306-40615-7
ISBN 1413304540

See Category:Pages using ISBN magic links.

PMIDEdit

The following instructions are deprecated. Editors should use the {{PMID}} template to link PMIDs.

A PMID (PubMed identifier or PubMed unique identifier) is a unique number assigned to a PubMed record.

Markup Renders as
PMID 11209037

See Category:Pages using PMID magic links.

RFCEdit

The following instructions are deprecated. Editors should use the {{IETF RFC}} template to link IETF RFCs.

A Request for Comments (RFC) is a memorandum published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Markup Renders as
RFC 5620

See Category:Pages using RFC magic links.

Suppressing the linkEdit

The following instructions will no longer be necessary when magic links are disabled.

If no link is desired, insert <nowiki /> between the identifier and the value.

Markup Renders as
ISBN <nowiki />978-0-306-40615-7

ISBN 978-0-306-40615-7

TechnicalEdit

Magic links are rendered by Parser.php. The links for PMID and RFC are rendered by MediaWiki interface pages: