Identifying <ref> tags

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I keep getting a notice that says "the biography has unmatched <ref> tags" every time I save certain profiles.  I have deleted anything that resembles <ref> in one of these profiles in an attempt to get rid of the notice, but it still keeps appearing.  What am I doing wrong, and how do I correct it?
WikiTree profile: Jan Schoenmaacker
asked in WikiTree Tech by Bertram Sluys G2G6 Mach 1 (17.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

3 Answers

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You have an unmatched <ref> in the final paragraph under Acknowledgements.

This video by Julie Ricketts is useful if you want to learn more about the use of referencing.

 

answered by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (619k points)
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Bertram, I use Ctl-f to ‘find’ all ref tags. This helps you balance them in the bio, and find the remnants down in sources or acknowledgements.
answered by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
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Deleting <ref> tags is not a good idea -- that does damage to a profile by removing the formatted text that generates footnotes for source citations. Please just try to remember that creating a footnote requires placement of a <ref> tag before the footnote text and a </ref> tag after the footnote text, and every <ref> must be paired with a </ref>.

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (889k points)
also <references/> needs to be immediately under the heading 'sources' as shown in the sidebar  on the edit screen.

"== Sources ==
< references />"

The lack of this will also cause a data error.

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