Help talk:Footnotes

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{{}}==Inconsistent with w:Help:Footnotes==

Much of this article was taken from w:Help:Footnotes and it is inconsistent with what is currently being used for Cite.php referencing in Wikipedia.

  • In Wikipedia, the Cite.php referencing method was recently changed to use a caret (^) and superscripts a, b, c, etc. in the listing of references whereas Wikimedia is still using a vertical arrow (↑) and 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 in the listing of references. This inconsistency needs to be resolved.
  • I slightly revised the wording of the article here to reflect Wikimedia's older usage.

I am a registered Wikipedia user but I am not yet a registered Wikimedia user. w:User:Mbeychok, May 23, 2006

See also a chronology. Checking Special:Version there's no visible difference for "parser hook Cite/Cite.php" from Wikipedia. Meta doesn't have Cite/Special:Cite.php for a Special:Cite unlike Wikipedia, maybe that's related (same author). -- Omniplex (w:t) 23:57, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
Omniplex, thanks for your response but, in all candor, I don't understand most of it. I am a retired chemical engineer and I wouldn't know a "parser hook" if it bit me on the nose. But I do believe that amongst the many excellent computer gurus participating in Wiki there must be someone who can resolve the inconsistency I noted in my earlier comment herein. When the arrow versus caret issue was resolved by a Wikipedia administrator (w:User:Rspeer) about three weeks ago, he very quickly and efficiently changed the Cite.php coding so as to use the caret. Thus, I simply don't understand why the the Wikimedia version of Cite.php cannot be quickly and efficiently made consistent with the Wikipedia version. Would it be helpful if you contacted w:User:Rspeer? - w:User:Mbeychok May 23, 2006
Hi, I've also only a vague idea what a "parser hook" is, but based on the output of Special:Version it's no "special page". There are two Cite extensions, the special page and the <ref> + <references> stuff, both from the same author. If you think that something's wrong with it better report it as bug, I doubt that they watch this talk page. For an example see mediazilla:5567. Or report it on one of the Cite talk pages. Just an idea, we're all flying blind here, otherwise we'd be developers and simply fix it... ;-)
From my POV with a non-Unicode browser the Meta-cite-output is much better than on Wikipedia, therefore I won't push this point, it's your peeve. -- Omniplex (w:t) 03:33, 24 May 2006 (UTC)


I just need to use simple footnotes (texts not citation)

  • so what should I do ?

Answer: Example:

The color is red.<ref>It can also be green.</ref>

<references />


The color is red.[1]


  1. It can also be green.

Patrick 08:40, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

How to change the footnote?[edit]

Im a relativly expirienced php programmer but im not gonna waste my time looking for the things i need to change the multiple ref's from 1.0 ,2.0 etc.. to a,b,c. So if it wouldn't be to much trouble could someone give me a briefe copy paste og the thing that need to be changed? -- Crazychip 20:59, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

It seems you can do that by just editing MediaWiki:Cite references link many format and MediaWiki:Cite references link many format backlink labels.--Patrick 21:31, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
yes thank you very much. -- Crazychip 23:17, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Using {{ref|Refname}} Multiple Times[edit]


In my personal wiki I use the <ref name="id">...</ref> tag set for comments I make about topics (i.e. notes to myself). This works for using the same reference multiple times in a consistent manner.

I use the {{ref|Refname}} tag for citations to published papers, books, articles, etc.

The problem I am encountering is that if I wish to refer to the same citation (using the {{ref|Refname}} tag more than once, then the numbering is incorrect as in this example:

Not many words in the English language use two consecutive "u"s. There is one word[1] that is both rather empty[2] and also sucks[3].

  1. ^  The word is vacuum.

What I would like to know how to do, if it is possible and if I am understanding the problem correctly (which admittedly I likely am not) is if there is a way to have all of these references appearing with the same number, since they actually go to the same reference. Am I entirely missing the point on how to use this method?


(Pagoda 14:54, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

It is not possible, this works only with <ref name=../>.--Patrick (talk) 07:03, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
I wondered. At least I now know! Thanks for your response! Pagoda 18:08, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Wrong Forum?[edit]

Greetings again,

Is this the wrong forum for a question such as this? I have not noticed any comments on this topic and fear that perhaps I may be asking this question in the wrong place.

Thank you again,

Pagoda 01:12, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

References not working on wiki[edit]

I edit wiki pages, on mediawiki version 1.9.3. I've tried several different ways of referencing information, and none have worked. What is the problem?

I hate to ask the obvious, but this is necessary to understand the question better: do you have the appropriate Extensions installed and referenced in your LocalSettings.php file? If so, could you please describe the issue a bit more in order to shed some more light on what might actually be going on here?
Pagoda 00:45, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Me too[edit]

I too just installed a test version of MediaWiki myself (version 1.11.0), and when I try to use the <ref> tags, they just show up as regular text, and at the bottom I see the literal output: <references/> (instead of the list that the tag is supposed to automatically generate). I'm quite sure I'm doing everything correctly; I've read the relevant documentation quite thoroughly, but can't seem to find any solutions... I can't imagine that you would have to install an extension for it or change any config settings, as it seems pretty central to the main program itself. Anyone know what the problem is? --Anon

Download the extensions[edit]

I was having the same problem as you guys. You have to download the Cite.php [[4]] extension. Follow the directions on the page and it should work fine.