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VisualEditor should handle editing of duplicate references better
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Description

Steps to reproduce:

  • open page in VE
  • insert a reference
  • select the reference and use copy/paste to duplicate it (you'll end up with something like <ref name=":0">blah blah</ref><ref name=":0" />)
  • open the second instance of the reference and edit it

This is a very natural workflow: I write stuff, then copy and modify it to obtain a slightly modified second instance (references to different pages of the same book and so on). What actually happens is that the second reference remains a duplicate, and the first reference is changed (and the old reference content is lost). This is very unintuitive, and can result in errors without the user even noticing. There is a warning about editing a reference that appears in multiple places, but it's easy to miss and it's not very clear what it warns you about.

I think the least problematic approach would be a Google Calendar style "[ Edit this instance ] [ Edit all instances ]" dialog.

Details

Related Gerrit Patches:
mediawiki/extensions/Cite : masterImprove warning that reference is reused

Event Timeline

Tgr created this task.Dec 25 2018, 7:11 AM
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Change 482141 had a related patch set uploaded (by Bartosz Dziewoński; owner: Bartosz Dziewoński):
[mediawiki/extensions/Cite@master] Improve warning that reference is reused

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/482141

(I've been working on that patch for another task, but it is slightly related to this one)

Change 482141 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/Cite@master] Improve warning that reference is reused

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/482141

JTannerWMF moved this task from To Triage to Freezer on the VisualEditor board.May 7 2019, 3:28 PM