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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <warnings>
    <expandtemplates xml:space="preserve">Because no values have been specified for the prop parameter, a legacy format has been used for the output. This format is deprecated, and in the future, a default value will be set for the prop parameter, causing the newformat to always be used.</expandtemplates>
  </warnings>
  <expandtemplates xml:space="preserve">[[:MonkeyWiki:Sandbox]]</expandtemplates>
</api>