[whatwg] Footnotes, endnotes, sidenotes

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at michelf.com
Mon Nov 6 11:30:39 PST 2006

Le 6 nov. 2006 à 12:32, Sander Tekelenburg a écrit :

> Another thing is that whether the annotation should be considered a  
> footnote,
> endnote or whateverelsenote seems to me a presentational issue, so  
> I'm not
> that enthusiastic about calling it a <footnote> element. Why not  
> simply
> <annotation>? You can then allow the author to decide where in the  
> page, or
> in a group of pages, to place the <annotation> element, and use CSS  
> for the
> presentational aspects. (You could allow the same with <foonote>,  
> but that
> name suggest it must only be used for footnotes.)

I agree that it's a problem with the name <footnote>. On the other  
side, <annotation> makes me think of something the user added in the  
margin, while <footnote> better evoke the complementary relation a  
footnote has with the text.

While I prefer <footnote>, I think both can do fine.

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com

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