[whatwg] Footnotes, endnotes, sidenotes

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sun Nov 5 04:52:12 PST 2006

Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:

> Scholarly books sometimes use both footnotes and endnotes for different 
> things -- footnotes for citations and endnotes for tangential 
> discussions, or vice versa. I've never seen an HTML document try to make 
> this distinction, though.

Distinguishing footnotes and endnotes would require a multipage 
document: footnotes go at the bottom of this page, endnotes at the 
bottom of some other page.

Since HTML5 is primarily about single pages, I suggest calling any such 
element footnote and not having a separate endnote element. This is a 
good example of picking fewer over more semantics as discussed in 
another thread.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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