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Module:Main is invoked by function main is invoked by Template:Main.
Module:Main requires Module:Arguments.
Module:Main requires Module:Hatnote.
Module:Main requires Module:Hatnote list.

Module:Main produces a link to a main article or articles. It implements the {{main}} template. Normally, it produces a link like "Main article: A". If used in the category namespace, it produces a link like "The main article for this category is A". It is possible to specify multiple articles, and in this case plural wording is used automatically. If the first link is not an article, the module uses the wording "Main page" instead of "Main article". See Module:Main on Wikipedia for more details.

-- This module produces a link to a main article or articles. It implements the
-- template {{main}}.
-- If the module is used in category or category talk space, it produces "The
-- main article for this category is xxx". Otherwise, it produces
-- "Main article: xxx".

local mHatnote = require('Module:Hatnote')
local mHatlist = require('Module:Hatnote list')
local mArguments -- lazily initialise
local p = {}

function p.main(frame)
	mArguments = require('Module:Arguments')
	local args = mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true})
	local pages = {}
	for k, v in pairs(args) do
		if type(k) == 'number' then
			local display = args['label ' .. k] or args['l' .. k]
			local page = display and
				string.format('%s|%s', string.gsub(v, '|.*$', ''), display) or v
			pages[#pages + 1] = page
	if #pages == 0 and mw.title.getCurrentTitle().namespace == 0 then
		return mHatnote.makeWikitextError(
			'no page names specified',
	local options = {
		selfref = args.selfref
	return p._main(pages, options)

function p._main(args, options)
	-- Get the list of pages. If no first page was specified we use the current
	-- page name.
	local currentTitle = mw.title.getCurrentTitle()
	if #args == 0 then args = {currentTitle.text} end
	local firstPage = string.gsub(args[1], '|.*$', '')
	-- Find the pagetype.
	local pageType = mHatnote.findNamespaceId(firstPage) == 0 and 'article' or 'page'
	-- Make the formatted link text
	list = mHatlist.andList(args, true)
	-- Build the text.
	local isPlural = #args > 1
	local mainForm
	local curNs = currentTitle.namespace
	if (curNs == 14) or (curNs == 15) then --category/talk namespaces
		mainForm = isPlural and
			'The main %ss for this [[Help:Categories|category]] are %s'
			'The main %s for this [[Help:Categories|category]] is %s'
		mainForm = isPlural and 'Main %ss: %s' or 'Main %s: %s'
	local text = string.format(mainForm, pageType, list)
	-- Process the options and pass the text to the _rellink function in
	-- [[Module:Hatnote]].
	options = options or {}
	local hnOptions = {
		selfref = options.selfref
	return mHatnote._hatnote(text, hnOptions)

return p
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