New database error 872 (Named Inline citation error) - explanation [closed]

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The new database error 872 seems to have no explanatory page, and I am having trouble working it out for myself. I've only looked at a small sample. I haven't found the answer in the help.

My current assumption is that long reference names like this: <ref name="Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage"> are causing the problem. It's not a name I would use myself. I can see a number of potential problems:

  • the name is too long
  • the name contains a number of ”special characters”:
    • spaces (not a problem AFAIK)
    • single quotation mark
    • ampersand
  • Something I haven't thought of

These could be problems in the name or in the test, of course. I'm not sure I see why any of these need to be problems, because they don't end up in the final HTML (I think), but that doesn't mean they should be permitted. (My habits developed over 40+ years of software development mean I would use a short but meaningful name, without spaces, and only using alphanumerics or underscore, but that's just me.)

And the error might be somewhere else - but I can't detect it, by looking at the profile page, its source, or the editing preview view.

An example profile with the reported problem is Champernowne-82 

The info field in the report, for that profile, says: </ref>;i;i;i;i;r

It is possible that the usage being objected to is:

<ref name="burke"/>
some ref text

but that shouldn't (I think) be an error.

closed with the note: Duplicate:
in WikiTree Tech by Paul Betteridge G2G3 (3.6k points)
closed by Paul Betteridge
This profile [[Phillips-32940]] is simpler, and produces this "info": d CNBR;</ref>;d CNBRBirthSummary;r

I can't see a problem in the actual source, but naming one reference with a superstring of another?

There is something systematic, but I can't see what
Ok - thanks for the pointer to the correct question

Help page was posted

Suggestion 872

Linda: thank you - explains what I needed to know

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