Some stacks (or should I say: all scientific and linguistic ones) have extensive quotation needs, others do try to make people back it up, best with citations to authorities. Some Q&A might cite not just one but many sources or need to point to some 2 dozen parts of a text.
To denote citations, currently the only options seem to be:
- manual work with superscript and bibliography at the end (which is a MESS and takes hours)
- inline citations (which I find ugly)
- superscript-inline (a compromise of A & B which breaks accessibility)
- not quoting at all, which defies that we should quote, reducing the quality of the answers.
Can we get a neat
<ref></ref>, [ref=...] or [cite=...] feature that auto-generates superscript numbers and puts whatever is between them after a line at the end of the text? This would guarantee accessibility and convenience at the same time.
Possible usage mockup
This is shown by Smith in his work[ref=Smith, John: Example Reference Work, p.17] and makes me think XYZ is a solution to the problem.
This is shown by Smith in his work 1 and makes me think XYZ is a solution to the problem.
- Smith, John: Example Reference Work, p.17