Markus Krötzsch <> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |LATER
            Summary|Text/code properties can't  |Property values cannot
                   |accept certain MediaWiki    |handle <nowiki>, <math>,
                   |markup                      |<!-- -->, etc.

--- Comment #1 from Markus Krötzsch <> 2010-03-16 
08:39:43 UTC ---
In MediaWiki, the processing of things like <nowiki> (but also HTML comments
<!-- ... -->) always takes precedence over any other markup. This is a basic
part of the design of MediaWiki's wiki text syntax and it cannot be changed by
an extension (such as SMW). 

So SMW cannot be modified to directly use the plain text input that users have
given in contexts like <nowiki>. It might be possible for an extension to
restore the original shape of such inputs, or it might be possible to obtain at
least the final (page output) shape (the two can be quite different: consider

In any case, quite some work would be needed to effectively undo/modify the
processing order of wiki text in MediaWiki. The practical utility of doing this
does not seem to justify this effort now, but we will carefully consider any
patches that will be contributed to address this problem.

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