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Re: Re[2]: Proposal for XHTML 2.0: The <footnote> element

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 10:22:50 +0000 (GMT)
To: Alexander Savenkov <w3@hotbox.ru>
Cc: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>, Lorenzo De Tomasi <lorenzo.detomasi@libero.it>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0301151008520.28530-100000@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 15 Jan 2003, Alexander Savenkov wrote:
> Again and again, why do you people need a special element to markup such
> cases? http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-lists - see how Ian did that.

The way I did it in the CSS3 Lists spec is to lie about the semantics of
my document: I used the class attribute to change a paragraph from being
part of the main flow of text to being a note (footnote/sidenote) element.
This is an abuse of the class attribute, as it means it cannot work with
user or UA stylesheets (since class attribute values are non-normative).

I would very much like to have a note-level element. I do not know if we
need different elements for sidenotes, footnotes, endnotes and so forth,
or if we just need one element, <note>, which can then be styled as any of
the above using CSS, but I do think that we need an element for this.

I also think that notes should be allowed to appear anywhere, and be
allowed to contain any Flow content.

For example:

    The cat
     <h>The Cat</h>
      The cat was still very cute, despite having:
       <li> lived many years </li>
       <li> lost his right ear </li>
       <li> fought many battles </li>
    sat on the mat.

...could be styled as:

   note { content: footnote; } /* proposed for CSS3 */


   note { float: right; border: solid; margin: 1em; padding: 1em; }

...or any number of other possibilities.

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