Can the warning message for unmatched <ref> tags be improved.

+12 votes
93 views
The additional warnings for possible data entry errors are a big help, especially for my poor typing.

I have received this message several times.

Warning: Check the data.
The biography has unmatched <ref> tags.

The error was not unmatched tags but a missing quotation mark in an indirect reference.

I had typed <ref name=IndRef"> and missed the leading quotation mark.  Can we improve the warning?
asked Dec 7, 2017 in WikiTree Tech by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (230,850 points)
retagged Dec 8, 2017 by Abby Glann
Good grief - thank you Philip. Have gotten this warning after completing merges and usually can find the problem, but there were a few that after spending 15+ minutes, carefully inspecting every line, couldn't find the <ref> error and gave up. They did have this multi use tag and never thought of looking at quotation marks :/

By the way, you don't need to put quotation marks in the 'name=' bit unless you're naming your citation with spaces between your words. 

eg.

<ref name=IndRef> OR <ref name="Ind Ref">

and also checking that all <ref name="xxx"/> has a target xxx

1 Answer

+6 votes
I'll put it on our todo list, Philip. The data validation for this is still new, so we appreciate the feedback.
answered Dec 8, 2017 by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (336,690 points)
Thank you Abby.

It is nice having the new data validation.

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