Summary: Citations templates
           Product: MediaWiki extensions
           Version: any
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: easy
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: Cite

During a discussion on citation styles at the Village Pump on the, a
number of editors expressed a dislike for citation templates. I greatly like
them for a number of reasons (e.g. they help users unused to citing sources to
do so properly, the lend to a consistent citation style, they make data that is
naturally suitable to being machine readable comprehendible to a machine as
discrete data, etc.).

The frequent source of the dislike mentioned by others was the time it takes a
long time to transclude many such citation templates in a heavily cited page. I
suggested enhancing Cite.php to do the citation templating.

The method I suggest is as follows:


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.<ref name="murphy" />

== References ==
<ref first="John" last="Murphy" title="Quisque Quis Orci Magna"
publisher="Printing House Press" location="London" year="2009" page="55"
isbn="978-3-16-148410-0" />

The above example renders the citation as follows:

J. Murphy. Quisque Quis Orci Magna. Printing House Press: London. 2009. Page
55. ISBN: 978-3-16-148410-0

I have a working example of the code necessary to implement this in a
rudimentary manner at:áirt%C3%AD_anaithnid/Cite.php

It does not break current usage of Cite.php.

I'd be happy to continue development on this if it was picked up.

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