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Allow citations to be edited in the references section with VisualEditor

  • Problem: In VisualEditor, it is not possible to directly change the text of citations at the end of the article. Instead each citation in the article body must be clicked and edited individually. This makes the whole process very tedious and more complicated than it needs to be.
  • Proposed solution: Allow citations and footnotes to be edited using VisualEditor directly in the references section.
  • Who would benefit: People who want to change information in citations.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T54750
  • Proposer: Blidfried (talk) 13:52, 27 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]


  • Original German proposal:

    Problem: Es ist nicht möglich den Text von Einzelnachweisen am Ende des Artikels direkt zu ändern, stattdessen muss jeder Einzelnachweis im Text einzeln angeklickt und bearbeitet werden. Das macht die ganze Bearbeitung sehr langwierig und komplizierter als sie sein müsste.

    Lösungsvorschlag: Es sollte eine Möglichkeit geschaffen werden, dass Fußnoten direkt Bearbeitet werden könne, so wie etwa bei Microsoft Word.

    Wem würde dieser Wunsch helfen: Jedem

    Copied by MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 03:14, 6 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    An easier attempt, would be, to have a bot move all citations to reflist, leaving an anchor inline. .... 0mtwb9gd5wx (talk) 04:03, 16 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • So with itemizations, you mean references or footnotes, and by editing you mean using the visual editor? --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 11:31, 29 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    @Matěj Suchánek: I'm pretty sure they mean references, yes. I've copied the original German proposal above. We have a German speaker on our team that I can ask to engage with this user, if need be. I know VE already lets you edit references, so I'm guessing they are using the 2010 editor. If those assumptions are true, I wonder about feasibility. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 03:14, 6 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    The German text makes it more clear now.
    I know VE already lets you edit references – that's true, but the point is: each itemization in the text must be clicked and edited individually. So I believe this is indeed related to visual editor.
    --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 07:31, 6 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    @@Blidfried: Danke für dein Proposal! Wir würden gern sicher stellen, dass wir Deinen Vorschlag richtig verstanden haben. Beziehst du dich auch den Visual Editor? Füge gern noch so viele Details wie möglich hinzu um Dein Proposal aussagekräftiger zu machen. KSiebert (WMF) (talk) 13:41, 7 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    Ja, richtig im Visual Editor. Ich möchte gerne die Fußnoten am Ende der Seite direkt anklicken könne. Blidfried (talk) 13:43, 7 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
    This is about the editing of reflists -- which cannot be done in Visual Editor. Thingofme (talk) 15:42, 11 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • Being able to see the change to the reference in the new real time preview for 2010 WTE is something I find really great, so I can definitely see the appeal of this request. And maybe being able to do this would also unlock using list-defined references in VE. Izno (talk) 07:16, 13 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]