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Bug 4396 - A namespace for references
A namespace for references
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 1199
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-12-27 10:16 UTC by Zoran Obradovic
Modified: 2007-05-08 16:17 UTC (History)
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Description Zoran Obradovic 2005-12-27 10:16:01 UTC
I've seen cite.php and it looks promising, but it remains just a formating tool,
not something that will provide functionality to manage references.

What we need, IMO, is a Reference: or Ref: namespace, which would be used to
indirectly cite sources. The [[Ref:Darwin 1859]] page would thus contain
something along the lines of "Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species by Means
of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for
Life, 1859", some ISBNs and/or internal and external links. Any page that wanted
to reference that book would simply say [[Ref:Darwin 1859]] where needed, and
the description of the book would be added to an automatically generated list of
references at the bottom of the page.

The advantages this would give us:
* Standardized display of references on all articles.
* A better working environment for reference checkers.
* Consistent treatment sources used in more than one article.
* The exact format of the listed references could be controlled by user settings.
* A better data model for an encyclopedia.
Comment 1 Zach Harden 2005-12-27 10:27:20 UTC
I personal think this is a good idea. This will allow Commonly used references
be placed in one page and it can be used throughout. I can imagine widely cited
books, like the CIA World Factbook, being quite useful in this new namespace.

Comment 2 Nick Dupree 2005-12-27 11:00:42 UTC
This is very much needed!  Currently referencing is an inconsistant jumble hard
to work with.  I strongly support Zocky.

Comment 3 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-05-08 16:17:05 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 1199 ***

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