Hint/suggestion: highlight "ref" for easier editing

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This post is purely a suggestion of a hint that I started using and I've found it quite useful.  I hope that some may find it of use.

When editing a profile that has many inline references, I often find my eyes searching for the <ref> and </ref> marks to find the text between them.  This can tire the eyes quickly and is sometimes frustrating.  What I've started doing is this:

Click Control plus F (CTRL + F) and in the box, enter "ref"

All of the text "ref" on the page will now be in highlights.  Go back to your raw text and you'll see where all the inline citations begin and end.  Now it is much easier to find the text of your bio and when/where the inline citations start and stop.

What looked like this:

Izzibiah was born in 1824  in Tennessee,<ref>Division of Archives, Land Office, and Museum. Early Tennessee/North Carolina Land Records, 1783–1927, Record Group 50. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn. Accessed at Ancestry on 12 April 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2882&h=166069&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=tym74&_phstart=successSou.</ref> and was married to Thomas R. Mullins in 1846.<ref>Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.  Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.  Accessed 12 April 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1169&h=4648307&ssrc=pt&tid=5813834&pid=894860529&usePUB=true.</ref>

now looks like this:

Izzibiah was born in 1824  in Tennessee,<ref>Division of Archives, Land Office, and Museum. Early Tennessee/North Carolina Land Records, 1783–1927, Record Group 50. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn. Accessed at Ancestry on 12 April 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2882&h=166069&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=tym74&_phstart=successSou.</ref> and was married to Thomas R. Mullins in 1846.<ref>Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.  Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.  Accessed 12 April 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1169&h=4648307&ssrc=pt&tid=5813834&pid=894860529&usePUB=true.</ref>

Edit to add: If you find that you have the word "reference" or something else with "ref" in it, changing the search parameter to ref> will isolate most reference links.

2nd edit: looks like this doesn't work on Firefox.  They do however (of course) have an add on that will allow you to do this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/context-highlight/?src=search

asked Apr 17 in WikiTree Help by SJ Baty G2G6 Mach 1 (12,120 points)
edited Apr 17 by SJ Baty
This is browser-dependent. Firefox only highlights one "find" (ctrl-F) item at a time.

But yeah, syntax highlighting would be Highly Useful.
That add-on has not been updated and is incompatible with current versions of Firefox.

1 Answer

+4 votes
 
Best answer
great suggestion, I tried it, it works
answered Apr 17 by Rodney Long G2G6 Mach 2 (29,070 points)
selected Apr 17 by SJ Baty

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