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{{Str sub long/doc |text|start|length}} = Substring of text starting at start and containing length characters. Base 0: the first character is numbered 0, and so on, e.g. {{str sub long|20090624130510|8|2}} returns the 2 characters starting at the 9th, i.e. "13"

start + length must be less than 100. The template operates on an extended character set.

Str character set documentation, plus accented letters and other diacritics.


A string is limited to 500 total characters, but the substring can only span the first 100 characters. The presence of certain characters in the input may cause unexpected results, so {{Str_sub/any}} should be used to handle any possible character. Otherwise, there can be problems with some special characters. For example, tlx Str sub long|abc%def|2|3 → Str sub long abc%def 2 3 works as desired, whereas if the output string contains any of :;*# the results are not as desired:
tlx Str sub/any|abc:def|2|3 → Str sub/any|abc:def|2|3
{{Str sub long|abc:def|2|3}} → c


{{Str sub long|abc;def|2|3}} → c


{{Str sub long|abc*def|2|3}} → c

  • d

{{Str sub long|abc#def|2|3}} → c

  1. d

See also

  • {{Str sub}}
  • {{Str sub long}} - allows 100 characters, but not ":" or ";" or "*"
  • Tl|Str sub/any  - allows any character, such as ":" or ";" or "*" or "#"
  • String templates see also