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On Wikipedia (and MediaWiki in general), is it possible to highlight the text that is preceded by a "citation needed" tag, in order to clarify what the tag specifically refers to?

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On Wikipedia:

Use the {{Reference necessary}} template.

It adds a dotted gray underline beneath the text selection of your choice.

Plus it adds a "[citation needed]" inline template at the end.

On other MediaWiki websites, you may have do do it yourself using CSS or something. Let us know how it works out.

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