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Re: Footnote discussions

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:32:08 -0600
Message-ID: <CAOk_reHBXoNZ7yd_p96Kf36xjokOPT4K6GcMM2=8qzKGgUmGbg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>, David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Cc: Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>, Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>, Bill Kasdorf <bkasdorf@apexcovantage.com>, George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>, "public-digipub-ig@w3.org" <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Just looping in David MacDonald, since I referenced his article at the
beginning of this whole thing!

Hi David!  Do me a favor, read through this and then put in your $0.02
(Canadian, of course).

On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 11:16 AM, Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com> wrote:

> In terms of HTML, I hope it will be sufficient to provide the semantic
> markup (this is a note.  This is a reference to a note).  I don't think it
> is necessary to be overly constraining about how it is rendered.  Different
> media will have different rendering requirements.  Different users will
> have different needs.  I want to right click and be able to say "show me
> the footnote as a popup".  You want it to appear when you hover over the
> reference.  Others will want it in floating content at the side of the
> page.  No reason all of those can't be legitimate.
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 11:48 AM, Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Is there a significant difference between a footnote and an annotation,
>>> other than the positioning?  If there is, I'm missing it :)
>> A footnote could be seen as an annotation by the author of their own
>> document, but it's also an integral part of the original document in a way
>> that feels different than other sorts of annotations. I don't know if that
>> matters for the markup, but I think it's a rather significant use case.
>>> Wouldn't a hint to the client that a particular area on the page (foot,
>>> side, wherever) was reserved for rendering annotations suffice?
>> Given the huge variety of ways to display such information, and the long
>> history of some rendering options, I think we need to give authors a fair
>> amount of control over presentation. And that control would be equally
>> useful for separate annotations. I just hope we don't see book endnotes
>> rendered as an infinite scroll!
>> Dave
> --
> Shane McCarron
> Managing Director, Applied Testing and Technology, Inc.

Shane McCarron
Managing Director, Applied Testing and Technology, Inc.
Received on Monday, 2 February 2015 18:32:36 UTC

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