VisualEditor: VE will not save multiple consecutive references
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Following a report of the issue by a user, I attempted to add multiple consecutive references. I began with bare URLs and started with 6. You can see that VE thinks it is going okay (, but when you save it only saves one (

I tested it all the way down to two.

In case it was an issue with bare refs, I tried it using citation templates, and it would also not save two in a row. It still only saved one:

I'm using Chrome, Windows 7.

Version: unspecified
Severity: normal

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Mdennis-WMF created this task.Via LegacyJul 29 2013, 5:03 PM
Catrope added a comment.Via ConduitJul 30 2013, 9:14 PM

This happens because we send Parsoid something like

<span about="undefined" typeof="mw:Extension/ref" data-mw="..."></span><span about="undefined" typeof="mw:Extension/ref" data-mw="..."></span>

which then gets about-grouped. We need to just drop the about attribute if we don't have it.

Ironically we've had breakage in the other direction before, where Parsoid output multiple adjacent images with about="null". Karma's a bitch :)

gerritbot added a comment.Via ConduitJul 30 2013, 9:51 PM

Change 76836 had a related patch set uploaded by Catrope:
Remove the DM 'about' attribute from references and reference lists

gerritbot added a comment.Via ConduitJul 30 2013, 10:12 PM

Change 76836 merged by jenkins-bot:
Remove the DM 'about' attribute from references and reference lists

Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJul 30 2013, 10:13 PM

Fixed and will get deployed in a little while.

Thryduulf added a comment.Via ConduitAug 12 2013, 4:36 PM
  • Bug 52269 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Thryduulf added a comment.Via ConduitAug 27 2013, 9:54 AM

Users are reporting that VE is still not saving multiple references:

Reported today by The Devil's Advocate
if I add multiple citations to back a statement, the Visual Editor only saves the first citation I added. This happened once when I added three citations to back a claim and had to add each one individually over the course of three edits and again just now when I had to add a second citation after it didn't get saved. Multiple citations can be added if they are separate as I had added a citation for another statement in the same edit and it was saved.

Reported on the 22nd by Sue Gardner
Last night I created a new article with multiple references, and when I saved the page many of the references disappeared and some I think had jumped around. (I didn't save-as-I-went -- I wrote the whole thing and saved once, at the end.) I can't describe exactly what happened, but here's a diff: [1] the latest revision [2] is roughly what I was aiming to do, and the earlier revision [3] is what I actually achieved. (Ignore the missing reflist: I just hadn't gotten around to figuring out how to add it in VE yet, so I did it afterwards in wiki syntax.)

So, in my initial VE save, it looks like references #5, 6 & 7 disappeared as did #14 and 15. (Numbers taken from the latest revision.) This suggests to me there's a problem with VE saving multiple adjacent references -- when there are multiples adjacent, it seems to save only the first. I think also some references jumped around, but I'm not 100% sure about that.


Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitAug 30 2013, 1:09 AM

(In reply to comment #6)

Users are reporting that VE is still not saving multiple references:

Unfortunately, this is "again", not "still", and is caused by bug 53434 in Parsoid, I think. :-( Marking this as "fixed" but highlighting on that one how urgent this is. Sorry for the disruption.

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