[whatwg] Footnotes, endnotes, sidenotes
jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Oct 31 07:16:36 PST 2006
Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Oct 2006 20:30:44 +0600, James Graham <jg307 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> <p>Some text <span class="sidenote">this is a sidenote to put
>>> in the margin</span> and some other text.</p>
>> This seems to have a poor backward compatibility story - in a non-supporting
>> UA the note ends up in the flow.
> It can be styled to float and/or relocated by a client-side script.
spec but surely a disadvantage. How well will this markup work in an existing
>> Indeed. +1 on this general idea -1 on the precise markup, in particular the
>> <div><ol> structure for the list of notes (this should be a new element, if
>> possible) and the use of <sup>. It would also be nice to reduce some of the
>> excess baggage on the <a> element, if possible.
> The drawback of the tranditional markup is that it requires knowing the ordinal number of the footnote in advance.
Indeed. I think HTML would benefit from some general solution for providing
numbered references (indeed, I brought this up before), not just for footnotes
but also for e.g. sections, elements in lists, bibliographies, etc. One can
imagine simple markup like
<ref to="idref">fallback content</ref>
but I think there are issues with parsing documents containing such references.
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