Last modified: 2007-05-08 16:17:05 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.
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.
This is very much needed! Currently referencing is an inconsistant jumble hard
to work with. I strongly support Zocky.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 1199 ***