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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <gadgets>
      <gadget id="HotCat" desc="&lt;i&gt;HotCat&lt;/i&gt;: easily add / remove / change a category on a page, with name suggestions &lt;small&gt;[&lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; class=&quot;external text&quot; href=&quot;http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Gadget-HotCat&quot;&gt;documentation&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;/small&gt;" />
      <gadget id="Reader" desc="&lt;i&gt;Reader&lt;/i&gt;: a read-mostly display, especially suited for narrow phone/tablet displays &lt;small&gt;(requires &lt;b&gt;Vector&lt;/b&gt; skin)&lt;/small&gt;" />
      <gadget id="Author" desc="&lt;i&gt;Author&lt;/i&gt;: enable convenience features for wiki authoring" />
      <gadget id="Mailable" desc="Add a mail icon to user pages of people you can email through the wiki" />
      <gadget id="mySandbox" desc="Add a &quot;Sandbox&quot; link to the personal toolbar area." />
      <gadget id="Links" desc="Add a &quot;Links&quot; link to the Toolbox providing links to current revision or a shorter URL" />
      <gadget id="Subpages" desc="Add a &quot;Subpages&quot; link to the Toolbox" />
      <gadget id="CollabOERate" desc="&lt;i&gt;CollabOERate&lt;/i&gt;: enable live editing and navigation collaboration (&lt;i&gt;highly experimental&lt;/i&gt;, &lt;i&gt;&lt;b&gt;requires modern browser&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/i&gt;)" />
    </gadgets>
  </query>
</api>