+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #61615 +++
I think we can implement the <cite> tag into page rendering. Every <ref> tag will produce a HTML wrapped in <cite> tag, which could be much more semantic and accesible from the Web's point. I'm open for ideas how to implement it properly.
See its specification on https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/cite