Created profile using <ref> </ref>

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I could use some help in understanding what is happening to a profile I just did some changes to using the <ref> </ref>. The profile is [cox-20159].

I always set my sources up with an * in the front and at the end [  ] a number in parentheses for the source.

When I save everything under the Biography section is just listed the numbers of the sources I used.

Then under the sources are the paragraphs I wrote that should appear under the biography plus the sources.  All the <ref> marks are gone.
WikiTree profile: James Cox
asked in WikiTree Help by Taylor Worthington-Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 7 (70.1k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

Taylor, I believe that understanding what codes are and how they work is the key to being able to use them effectively.  Without that kind of confidence, it all seems like a bunch of hocus-pocus.

About 2 years ago, I wrote a formal document that explains probably more than most people want to know about the <ref>, </ref>, <ref />, and <references /> tags.  You can read it HERE.

Gaile,

Thank you very much.  I read this the other day and it was very helpful, but I think the problem lies in the fact that I am putting everything I write between the tags which makes it all end up in the sources area and nothing stays in the biography section.

Thanks Taylor

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Best answer
Text that is placed between the <ref> tag and the </ref> tag will become part of a numbered footnote.

Text that you want to appear in the biography section should not be enclosed by <ref></ref> tags.
answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (912k points)
selected by Sharon Caldwell

Ellen,

You just said a "Key phrase" that I have not heard or missed before.  I am enclosing my entire sentences between tags so my entire biography is in the footnote section!

This is a Key phrase  If you don't want to see it in the footnotes don't put it between tags!!!!!  Thank you Jesus...Amen

Also, one other thing, when you put the [[Gilchrist-20 | John Gilchrist]] if this is John's profile how many times do I have to do this for his name.  He and his wife had what seemed like a dozen kids! So every time they had one in the biography I had to say the parents names do I have to repeat that super phrase for both parents with every birth!!!!  (What do you call that [[Gilchrist-227 | John Gilchrist]]?  As I was typing them I thought to myself how difficult this was going to be to read but all that disappears and it looks great,  but I don't want to overdue it.

Thanks Taylor

formatting  wiki_markup  citations

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I changed the first part of your bio on the profile to show where the ref tags and source goes. Does that make sense?
answered by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
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The <ref> tag automatically generates the number in square brackets. You don't need to add it after the tag. Those are for in line references like:

This is a fact.<ref>Somebody, ''Some Book'', Some Publisher, XXXX, p. Y</ref>

<references />
answered by Ben Buckner G2G6 Mach 4 (46.4k points)
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Here's a great YouTube video on in-line citations that may help you also.:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8yyS_46URc  

answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Dorothy,

Thank you so much.  I watched this video and it all made sense to me!

Thank you so much.

Taylor
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If you write a line of biography, e.g. John Doe was born in 1874 in London, England, then press the C button at the top of the edit box, it will generate the ref tags. All you need then do is paste the relevant source between the tags.

EDIT: Don't forget to use the preview button to show you how the profile will look, before saving.
answered by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
Gillian,

Thank you so much.  I will try that out.

Taylor
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If it all looks a mess afterwards when I preview then I use ctrl +f which opens windows 'find box' type ref in the box without any <>/ etc and it highlights all the refs in a page and then start counting ;-). Remember the <references />  needs to be below any tags you have added. and only one or it gets really messy..
answered by Chris Hoult G2G6 Mach 1 (16.1k points)

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