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This plugin allows you to specify in a topic what template should be used when a child topic is created via Twiki's '?' link. A number of different templates can be specified thoughout a topic to allow different child topics to be created in different sections of the parent.

Syntax Rules

  • Write the command %CHILDTOPICTEMPLATE { NameOfTopicTemplate }% anywhere in your text.
  • All subsequent unlinked WikiWords will be created using the specified topic template.
  • Use %CHILDTOPICTEMPLATE {}% to remove the child topic template.
  • A topic can contain any number of CHILDTOPICTEMPLATE commands.


  • %CHILDTOPICTEMPLATE { NewTopicTemplate }%

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, i.e. %INTERWIKIPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%

  • One line description, is shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Allows templates to be specified for automatic child topic creation.

  • Debug plugin: (See output in data/debug.txt)
    • Set DEBUG = 0

Plugin Installation Instructions

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the server where TWiki is running.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/ChildTopicTemplatePlugin.txt Plugin topic
    lib/TWiki/Plugins/ Plugin Perl module
  • Test if the installation was successful:
    • enter samples here

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main/DeanCording
Plugin Version: 01 Jun 2021 (V1.000)
Change History:  
01 Jun 2004: Initial version
CPAN Dependencies: none
Other Dependencies: none
Perl Version: 5.005
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle nn%, FormattedSearch nn%, ChildTopicTemplatePlugin nn%
Plugin Home:

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences, TWikiPlugins

-- TWiki:Main/DeanCording - 01 Jun 2021

TWiki.ChildTopicTemplatePlugin r1.1 - 09 Aug 2021 - 04:14 - Main.www-data
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