WWWeb Hypertext Style
by Jerry Tutsch, Copyright © 1996
FootnotesFootnotes in books serve two different purposes. They are used to give credit to another author's work or ideas, and they are used to annotate the main text.
In books, each footnote consists of two parts. The first, the footnote reference, is a number embedded in the text. The second, the footnote body, is some separate text which is generally placed at the bottom of the page containing the footnote reference. If another document is being cited, the footnote body is a pointer to the work cited otherwise it is the annotation being made. In books, footnote bodies are placed at the bottom of the page for the convenience of the reader. In papers, footnote bodies are often placed at the end of the paper. This is for the convenience of the writer. The notes are then called endnotes.
Footnotes are another form of hypertext. In a hypertext WWWeb document, a footnote referencing another WWWeb document is best implemented by creating a descriptive hot-text link to the other document, at the point of the reference. If the reference is to a paper based document, or to an annotation, the traditional method of placing a number in the text, pointing to the body of the footnote at the bottom of the chunk of text, might be best.
In books, footnote numbers are generally placed at the end of a sentence and follow any punctuation. The numbers themselves are set in superscript style and are not delineated with any special marks. In WWWeb documents, a similar style can be followed.
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