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Re: [latinreq] Footnotes and columns

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:56:44 -0500
Message-ID: <1387468604.27215.250.camel@slave.barefootcomputing.com>
To: AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>
Cc: "Cramer, Dave" <Dave.Cramer@hbgusa.com>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
On Thu, 2013-12-19 at 12:09 +0100, AUDRAIN LUC wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I've seen in France multicolumn footnotes on single column pages, for
> school books on public domain texts.

The practical reason for this is two-fold:

1. that in many books most footnotes are short, so you save a lot of
space by formatting them in two columns;

2. that if you have chosen a comfortable measure (line-length) for
readable text given the type size in the main book, footnotes with
smaller type will not be comfortable to read with lines of the same
length.

A compromise on (1) is to set short footnotes inline and long ones as
blocks, intermixing them, to balance efficient use of space with ease of
use of the final book.

Liam

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