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Re: footnotes

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 08:45:57 -0400
To: "Stephanos Piperoglou" <stephanos@internet.com>, "Liam Quinn" <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01bd93a4$8ca6c060$adacdccf@bckman.ix.netcom.com>
>>I find with print media that
>footnotes and endnotes detract from a document's readability by forcing me
>to continuously switch my reading focus from a passage to the end of the
>page or document.  .

Don't forget side notes which are the easiest of all to find and read.

They would be quite easy to do if the absolute position was rendered in
reference to its containing block (as required in CSS2(9.3.1 Choosing a
positioning scheme: 'position' property)), unfortunatly communicator doesnt
support the absolute position, and IE4 doesnt do it quite right.

Until then use tables (ugh!!) for your sidenotes.

Frank


-----Original Message-----
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
To: Stephanos Piperoglou <stephanos@internet.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org <www-html@w3.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: footnotes


>At 03:43 AM 09/06/98 -0400, Stephanos Piperoglou wrote:
>>In the case of footnotes, there are some possible cheats. In visual
>>media there is no difficulty since footnotes and endnotes will *always*
>>be at the end of the document - no pages, hence no page footers, hence
>>no footnotes.
>
>This doesn't have to be the case.  A windowing browser could render the
>footnote on request as a small popup window.  I find with print media that
>footnotes and endnotes detract from a document's readability by forcing me
>to continuously switch my reading focus from a passage to the end of the
>page or document.  I think we can do better on windowing browsers, if we
>have a real footnote element.
>
>--
>Liam Quinn
>
>
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