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Behavior of "Automatic" citation when bad input is provided is confusing
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Behavior of "Automatic" citation when something unciteable is provided is confusing.

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  • "Back" at the top doesn't look connected to the error message, hard to realize that it allows the user to go back to the text field.
  • The text field with erroneous input is hidden, making it impossible to possibly spot a typo.
  • There is no clear indication that this is an error message (no red highlights).
  • Error message directs the user to use "the Manual tab above", rather than just provide a clickable link/button.

I liked the one in the mockup on T96946, which I feel solves all these problems:

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Can we do something like that? Especially let's keep the text field visible, with 'invalid' state set, rather than provide an awkward "Back" button.

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Yes, The process should not proceed to next step when there is an issue with the text field. Instead of going forward and then showing error, it should show error message in-place. I think this was my bad, I should have provided all cases in T97390

here's a mockup

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Per T101172 this regressed further, the error message now doesn't even have the tabs displayed:

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Change 216006 had a related patch set uploaded (by Jforrester):
Restrict 'fullscreen' mode to success 'result' panel

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Change 216006 merged by jenkins-bot:
Restrict 'fullscreen' mode to success 'result' panel

Not all fixed yet; this patch only fixed the regression mentioned in T101172 / T98715#1332168.

Change 216978 had a related patch set uploaded (by Esanders):
Move citation error inline

Change 216978 merged by Mvolz:
Move citation error inline