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Is there anything the the "citation needed span" template for references on Wikipedia?

Here, the text being verified by the reference is ambiguous:

All trees are tall, and some are very tall.<ref>source1</ref>

It would be better if the text being verified could be placed inside a template, so that it is clear what the reference refers to:

All trees are tall, and {{reference span|some are very tall.|<ref>source1</ref>}}

Is there any existing template on Wikipedia that can do this (to clarify what a given reference specifically refers to?) The "clarify span" template works similarly, so it probably wouldn't be difficult to create a template that does what I want it to do.

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A question is whether doing this would clutter up the code too much for little benefit. –  svick Nov 29 '12 at 22:02
    
@svick The references can get very confusing when you have multiple references in quick succession: it becomes unclear what each reference is supposed to verify. If an article has a single reference, it isn't always clear whether the reference is supposed to verify all preceding text, or just the last few sentences before the reference. –  Anderson Green Nov 29 '12 at 22:15
    
@svick Here's a similar template (but it doesn't allow citations to be included): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Citation_needed_span –  Anderson Green Nov 29 '12 at 22:31

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Template:Citation needed span takes the form of a template because its function is to

  1. visually indicate the relevant range
  2. put the article in Category:Articles with unsourced statements etc.

Also, notice that this template is never meant to be permanent, and is expected to be removed some time in the future.

On the other hand, what you ask for is meant to be permanent, should not be indicated visually to the reader, and there is no point in classifying the article into a category. It is only for the convenience of other editors. In that case, there is no point in making it a template.

Therefore, a simple <!-- comment --> should be enough. Anything more complicated would be detrimental to the readability of the source and would not be friendly for other editors. So if you must, it could be like, e.g.,

All trees are tall, and some are very tall.<ref>source1</ref>
<!-- source1 mentions some trees only -->
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