Change label "Basic form" to something clearer
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The Citoid-enabled manual citation tab offers an option "Basic form". This label is confusing, because it sounds like you will be given an actual form to fill out, rather than a large, blank, freeform box.

Can we change it to match visualeditor-dialogbutton-reference-tooltip ("Basic")?

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Jdforrester-WMF renamed this task from Change "Basic form" to "Basic" to Change label in "Basic form" to "Basic".Aug 11 2015, 6:42 PM
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The current label was the result of much searching for something that made it clear it was different from all the others. I don't think "Basic" does enough to convey that.

Non-standard? Non-template? Freeform?

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Aside from the best name, would it be possible to separate this function from the other "regular" templates with a horizontal divider line between "Basic form" and the rest of the templates? This would clarify visually: "Basic" is a citation, but it's a different type - separate from the others.

Aside from the best name, would it be possible to separate this function from the other "regular" templates with a horizontal divider line between "Basic form" and the rest of the templates? This would clarify visually: "Basic" is a citation, but it's a different type - separate from the others.

Definitely. Have filed T108725: Show separation between template and 'basic' citation types in the "manual" tab for that.

Mvolz moved this task from Backlog to Extension on the Citoid board.Aug 12 2015, 8:44 AM

As a German I don't know how common the term is, but how about "Free-form"?
The problem with "Basic" in this context is: this citation form is not restricted to "basic" usage (aka simple or generic), in fact it can be the most complex method with additional options and flexibility in citation creation.

As a German I don't know how common the term is, but how about "Free-form"?

Hmm. Possibly.

The problem with "Basic" in this context is: this citation form is not restricted to "basic" usage (aka simple or generic), in fact it can be the most complex method with additional options and flexibility in citation creation.

"Basic" is not to mean "simplified" so much as "unstructured", "without help", "formless". I don't like the word either. :-)

Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Aug 26 2015, 8:25 PM

Marking as 'stalled' until someone comes up with some good wording.

Mvolz renamed this task from Change label in "Basic form" to "Basic" to Change label "Basic form" to something clearer.Sep 9 2015, 11:35 AM