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Re: footnotes

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 13:34:08 -0400
To: "Robert Rothenberg" <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01bd96f1$780acb60$3caedccf@bckman.ix.netcom.com>
>>I'm for a footnote element, but how to create one that's usable on the
current browsers?

Here's a side note I use with my shakespear.css. It works very well on both
Navigator and IE4.

.footnote{
  width:12pc;
  font-size:10pt;
  color:#600000;
  position:absolute;
  left:28pc;
  background-color:#C0C0C0;
  padding:6pt;
  border-style:none;
  border-width:1px;
  }

<DIV CLASS="SPEAKER">THESEUS<DIV CLASS="footnote">Thesus, Duke of Athens, is
about to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. He has just conquered the
Amazons in battle.</DIV>
</DIV >


Frank


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rothenberg <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
To: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org <www-html@w3.org>
Date: Saturday, June 13, 1998 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: footnotes



On 9 Jun 98, Frank Boumphrey wrote:

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

Aren't footnotes, endnotes and sidenotes (as well as "pop-up notes" or even
somethin
using frames) semantically the same thing? So placement (bottom of page, end
of
document, side of document or as a pop-up window) is a style (CSS/XSL) issue
separate from the actual notation element.

I'm for a footnote element, but how to create one that's usable on the
current browsers?
Various ideas come to mind, but they're essentially hacks. A useful notation
element
would allow for automatic numbering (with separate numbering schemes, since
one
may want to differentiate between an author's notes and a translator's or
editor's
notes).  One should also be able to reference other notes from within a
note.

For browser/UA convenience, the notation should be in the text where it
occurs... of
course that's less usable on current browsers. (It would be less of a
problem if
something is agreed upon now and implemented in the major browsers real
soon, of
course.)

Rob

PS - Why'd I/we overlook this as a paper idea for the Future of HTML
Conference?
Received on Saturday, 13 June 1998 23:55:06 GMT

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