[whatwg] Footnotes

Brenton Strine Brenton.Strine at citrix.com
Mon Dec 15 14:18:01 PST 2008

Maybe after having a few months to think about it some better ideas will pop up?

I'd like to see a dedicated way to do footnotes as well. I think it would be worth having the discussion again.


-----Original Message-----
From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org [mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Ian Hickson
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 2:11 PM
To: Douglas Mayle
Cc: whatwg at whatwg.org
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Footnotes

On Mon, 15 Dec 2008, Douglas Mayle wrote:
> I'm sorry to bring this up if the subject has been touched on before...
> In perusing the HTML5 standard, I noticed that footnotes are still a 
> redheaded stepchild in the draft.  Given how many workarounds and 
> hacks are performed to create support for footnotes using standard 
> elements, is there any reason why there isn't a dedicated mechanism 
> for footnotes in HTML?

The main reason is that we couldn't find any solutions that were especially compelling. A more detailed response to the earlier feedback on the topic is here:


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