Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Citations/Convert tools for different citations or citation styles

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  • Problem: There is no easy way to convert a reference from one style to another.
  • Who would benefit: Editors who clean up references, and readers (consistency).
  • Proposed solution: The simplest and easiest step would be a tool to convert between similar templates. For example, I sometimes see an academic article or a newspaper using a cite web rather than cite news or cite journal templates. It shouldn't be that difficult to add a button for 'convert style' here - right now one has to regenerate or manually retype the citation. A more complex but very welcome tool would convert references between different styles, like Harvard/APA and so on, though I realize that's much more challenging. For now, again, the ability to convert between basic cite templates would be a step forward anyway.
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  • Proposer: Volunteer Marek (talk) 06:06, 3 December 2020 (UTC)


  • @Piotrus: To which wiki does this pertain ? As citation/reference templates all diffeer per wiki. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 11:27, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
    Slightly less an issue because Parsoid/TemplateData tie templates together I think? --Izno (talk) 18:34, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Regarding Harvard versus APA, that might be something for a specific coder to make a module for. We had an experiment for MLA books on Wikipedia convoluted with the current Citation modules but it was definitely just a trial, and made that module very spaghetti. But having a module/template would probably be the easiest way to do something--it's just no-one has said (very loudly) that they want it. --Izno (talk) 18:34, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
  • @Saung Tadashi: I've redirected your proposal here, per our discussion (that's basically what I meant by "merge"). Kind regards, MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 03:47, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
    @MusikAnimal (WMF): Thank you, MusikAnimal (WMF) :) Saung Tadashi (talk) 04:19, 2 December 2020 (UTC)