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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <namespaces>
      <ns id="-2" case="first-letter" canonical="Media" xml:space="preserve">Media</ns>
      <ns id="-1" case="first-letter" canonical="Special" xml:space="preserve">Special</ns>
      <ns id="0" case="first-letter" content="" xml:space="preserve" />
      <ns id="1" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Talk" xml:space="preserve">Talk</ns>
      <ns id="2" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="User" xml:space="preserve">User</ns>
      <ns id="3" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="User talk" xml:space="preserve">User talk</ns>
      <ns id="4" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Project" xml:space="preserve">Meridian 59 - Open Source Wiki</ns>
      <ns id="5" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Project talk" xml:space="preserve">Meridian 59 - Open Source Wiki talk</ns>
      <ns id="6" case="first-letter" canonical="File" xml:space="preserve">File</ns>
      <ns id="7" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="File talk" xml:space="preserve">File talk</ns>
      <ns id="8" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="MediaWiki" xml:space="preserve">MediaWiki</ns>
      <ns id="9" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="MediaWiki talk" xml:space="preserve">MediaWiki talk</ns>
      <ns id="10" case="first-letter" canonical="Template" xml:space="preserve">Template</ns>
      <ns id="11" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Template talk" xml:space="preserve">Template talk</ns>
      <ns id="12" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Help" xml:space="preserve">Help</ns>
      <ns id="13" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Help talk" xml:space="preserve">Help talk</ns>
      <ns id="14" case="first-letter" canonical="Category" xml:space="preserve">Category</ns>
      <ns id="15" case="first-letter" subpages="" canonical="Category talk" xml:space="preserve">Category talk</ns>
    </namespaces>
  </query>
</api>