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Bug 57619 - Cite: Error message for an empty reference should be more appropriate and helpful
Cite: Error message for an empty reference should be more appropriate and hel...
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
Cite (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: easy, i18n
Depends on:
Blocks: messages
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Reported: 2013-11-26 20:29 UTC by Rummana Yasmeen
Modified: 2014-07-21 22:58 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

See Also:
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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screenshot (123.87 KB, image/png)
2013-11-26 20:30 UTC, Rummana Yasmeen
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Screenshot of the error (136.07 KB, image/png)
2013-11-26 20:32 UTC, Rummana Yasmeen
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Description Rummana Yasmeen 2013-11-26 20:29:52 UTC
Steps to reproduce:

1.Click on the "Edit" button
2.Insert a reference with no content.
3.Save the page

Observed Result:

The error message that appears on the page is "Cite error: The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name" where as 
when you edit a reference (not first time insert) to an empty content the error message that appears is "Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them"

The later one is more understandable for a user.So maybe we can change the message to the later one.
Comment 1 Rummana Yasmeen 2013-11-26 20:30:47 UTC
Created attachment 13912 [details]
screenshot
Comment 2 Rummana Yasmeen 2013-11-26 20:32:34 UTC
Created attachment 13913 [details]
Screenshot of the error
Comment 3 James Forrester 2014-02-18 18:22:17 UTC
(Not a VisualEditor-specific issue.)
Comment 4 Gadget850 2014-05-01 10:43:56 UTC
The examples are on the English Wikipedia, where the cite errors are heavily customized.

* "Cite error: The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name" is through "MediaWiki:Cite error ref no key"


* "Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them" is through "MediaWiki:Cite error ref no input"
Comment 5 Gadget850 2014-07-21 22:58:11 UTC
The test page in question includes '<ref />' which is invalid. This triggers 'MediaWiki:Cite error ref no key'.

The default error message is "Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name"

The customized message on enwiki is "The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name (see the help page)." The linked help page explains the issue in depth.

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