Wikipedia:RefToolbar

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RefToolbar refers to a series of JavaScript/jQuery scripts that help editors add citation templates to articles. It works in conjunction with the MediaWiki extension WikiEditor. The Reftoolbar implementation is scattered across several scripts (see, for example, this, this or this prefix search). The newest version, RefToolbar 2.0 is turned on by default for new users.

Originally an opt-in Wikipedia Gadget, Reftoolbar was moved to a site-wide script on February 25, 2011, and to an opt-out gadget on April 2014.[1][2] It comes in three versions, depending on the settings at Preferences → Editing → Editor.

Versions[edit]

The default for all users, logged in or not, is refToolbar 2.0b.

Each version has its advantages. What differs is the activating widget, the number and type of cite templates offered, whether or not the edit box is deactivated, and the quality of the dialog. Click on the version number for more information about each refToolbar implementation.

Enable enhanced... Enable wizards... RefToolbar
version
RefToolbar style Script
Off Off
On
RefToolbar 1.0 RefToolbar 1.0.png
Cite icon on right
MediaWiki:RefToolbarLegacy.js
On Off RefToolbar 2.0a RefToolbar 2.0a.png
{{}} icon in middle
MediaWiki:RefToolbarNoDialogs.js
On RefToolbar 2.0b 50%
Cite button on right
MediaWiki:RefToolbar.js

Table headings are abbreviations of the names seen at Preferences → Editing:

  • Enable enhanced... will say Enable enhanced editing toolbar.
  • Enable wizards... says Enable wizards for links, formatting, tables, citations, and the search and replace function.

The RefToolbar style column indicates the widget that activates the cite mechanism.

Visual editor[edit]

If your toolbar looks like this:

0.8x

Then you are using the rich-text visual editor. It also has a Cite button, with an auto-filling citoid service, but that one is NOT RefToolbar. We know, it is highly confusing....

If you want to learn how to use that Cite menu, please refer to the Visual Editor user guide.

Related scripts[edit]

You can also do a "subpages with prefix searches" to find other related pages, in particular MediaWiki and Wikipedia namespace searches are useful.

Dependency graph[edit]

MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition MediaWiki:Gadget-refToolbar.js MediaWiki:Gadget-refToolbarBase.js MediaWiki:RefToolbar.js MediaWiki:RefToolbarNoDialogs.js MediaWiki:RefToolbarLegacy.js MediaWiki:RefToolbarMessages-en.js MediaWiki:RefToolbarMessages-de.js MediaWiki:RefToolbarConfig.js toollabs:reftoolbar/lookup.php toollabs:reftoolbar/crossref.phpReftoolbar dependency graph

This image file is found at commons:File:Wikipedia reftoolbar dependency graph.svg.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See the "Proposal - Turn on RefTools gadget by default" discussion at Village pump (proposals) Archive 68.
  2. ^ Implementation details for the default gadget