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Provide a more convenient way to edit references
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When reviewing articles, I'll often see a reference I want to fix.

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. Getting to where I can actually start editing the reference is quite difficult.

If I click on the reference itself, I'm just editing the {{reflist}} template, which is not what I want to do. If I get out of visual editor and click on the back-reference link (a, b, in this example), I get to where the ref is used in the article body, but it's a sea of text and not easy to find the specific reference I want

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. I can search for it by number, i.e. looking for the text "[6]", but by the time I'm looking at the body text, I can no longer see the reference number down in the reflist, so I need to scroll back down there and note the number.

Worse, once I've found the actual reference, and click on an "edit" link, not only has the text scrolled to a different location in the window, but depending on how the references are used, the number may well change (in this case, from 6 to 5)

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. The end result is more searching, more scrolling back and forth to verify I'm looking at what I wanted to look at, etc. The U/X is extremely awkward and frustrating.

There should be a way to just double-click on a reference in the reflist, while you're looking at it, and edit it directly without having to find it back in the article body.

Event Timeline

Xaosflux changed the subtype of this task from "Task" to "Feature Request".Apr 29 2021, 5:30 PM

@RoySmith: we appreciate you filing this task and documenting what you are experiencing in a way we can easily see.

Unfortunately, the Editing Team cannot take on new feature requests for VE at this time as we are currently focused on Talk pages by way of the Talk pages project.