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Welcome to the Technical Assistance reading room. Get assistance on questions related to MediaWiki markup, CSS, JavaScript, and such as they relate to Wikibooks. This is not a general-purpose technical support room.

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Javascript error: mw.util.$content is null[edit]

I'm getting this JS error (on all pages on Wikibooks):

Exception in module-execute in module ext.gadget.extlinks: TypeError: mw.util.$content is null

Is it perhaps something to do with mediawiki.page.startup not being loaded by the extlinks gadget? Sam Wilson 06:58, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

This bug is present on every wiki I know for one month, forcing us to refresh one or two times our different navigators to get our toolbars. This was supposed to fix it but there's nothing efficient I could find from now. So I'm willing to test your solution if no one does it before tomorrow. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 08:39, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for looking into it! It's certainly a bit broken — not even search autocomplete works for me at the moment, because no page JS is loaded properly. Happy new year by the way! :-) Sam Wilson 08:50, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
I think autocomplete wasn't working here for me yesterday; it's working now though. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:25, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
@Samwilson: Also, from time to time some of the older gadgets break because of software changes, and in breaking they kill everything else if they're selected. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:19, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
Yes, turning off the extlinks gadget makes everything okay for me. Thanks! Sam Wilson 23:07, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

The opening <ref> tag is malformed or has a bad name?[edit]

Hi there, I'm trying to get to grips with referencing a source and keep getting this message every time. I've had a look at the Help section for referencing and still not sure what I'm doing wrong. Thank you for your help in advance! —Preceding unsigned comment added by EmilyMDaniel (discusscontribs)

@EmilymDaniel: Tell me if this makes sense to you:
Here is the text you want to reference.<ref>Daniel, Emily. ''How to Reference Things'', p. 9</ref>
More text, going all the way to the end of the page.
<references />
Let me know if you need more help, please. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:38, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
@Koavf: Thank you for your help, that's perfect. And sorry for forgetting to sign off on my query, still getting to grips with Wikibooks. --EmilymDaniel (discusscontribs) 09:23, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
@EmilymDaniel: Please let me know if you need anymore help. You can post to your talk page and include {{Ping|Koavf}} and I will see it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 15:57, 15 February 2017 (UTC)