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RE: footnotes

From: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 20:49:25 -0500
To: <aisaac@american.edu>, <www-html@w3.org>
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I assume that you are referring to using footnotes for citations.  I have
investigated the issue a bit.  It seems to me that the current HTML
implementation facilitates citations, at least, as well as other means.  I
haven't found a really clear description of using the citation features in
HTML 4.  It would be nice to find a reference that translates printed
citation habits to HTML markup.  I am curious, myself.  In printed text, a
footnote would need to be printed at the bottom of a page or on a separate
page. In HTML, a link to the footnote can be placed directly into the
element.  Here is a simple example.

<CITE title="John Q. Smith, Esq.">John</CITE> said, <Q lang="en"
cite="citations.html#WhatJohnSaid">HTML's concept is one of vast
complexities, and, minute subtleties.</Q>

I hope that made sense, and, I hope it is relatively correct.

,David Norris

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-----Original Message-----
From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Alan G. Isaac
Sent: Monday, 08 June, 1998 14:41
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: footnotes

After hunting around the W3 archives,
I was unable to determine the current
status of the footnote tag.
I was disturbed to see it is not in the list
of html 4 elements.

i. Is it generally accepted that html should
offer explicit footnote and endnote tags,
both for the structure this offers to html
documents and to facilitate translation
between document formats?

ii. What are the current proposals,
and where are they listed?

iii. If this is not being standardized, how are the
Microsoft and Lotus plans to use XML as the
standard document format going to be

Alan G. Isaac
Received on Monday, 8 June 1998 22:03:01 UTC

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