> The right thing to do would be to link to a separate flow
As I mentioned to Nic, I'm not sure if my XSLT skills are good enough to
allow me to do this quickly, and I would prefer to get these books out there
> I would recommend a second link too, to go back to the main text
Very much so.
As I continue working on my script perhaps I will understand better how this
could be implemented in XSLT.
> ...I'm annoyed by the complete lack of control over the
> page to really display those note as footnotes and not endnotes...
> I recommend reading the CSS3 working draft
Somehow I don't think we'll see these CSS3 features implemented any time
soon, which is a shame as this would be great.
It's still looking like the end of chapter option would be my best choice -
at least for now.
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Sent: 19 September 2008 19:24
Subject: [epub-community] Re: How to handle footnotes in ePub
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<mailto:epub-community%40yahoogroups.com> , "Mike Cook" <mike@...> wrote:
> At present my HTML conversion script places footnotes at the bottom
> the whole document, linking to the footnote and back again.
> Now at this time the common thinking is to split chapters of a book
> into separate files, so I'm now wondering if I should place
> at the end of each relevant chapter or into a separate file.
> I've tried to find examples .epub books with footnotes but it seems
> they all ignore them. I was surprised that even Feedbooks does not
> create dynamic links to the footnotes.
> Does anyone have thoughts on a best approach to footnotes in ePub?
I haven't implemented yet the full footnote support on Feedbooks for a
single reason: I'm annoyed by the complete lack of control over the
page to really display those note as footnotes and not endnotes.
The right thing to do would be to link to a separate flow and make
sure that the flow with your footnotes is referenced in the spine with
a linear="no" option. You could use a single flow for all the
footnotes, or a flow for each chapter: it doesn't really matter as
long as you reference them as non-linear. I would recommend a second
link too, to go back to the main text once you've read the note. I
don't know if nic's idea of using a CSS page break between the notes
is such a good idea though: if you have a page with multiple
footnotes, the reader might want to read all of the footnotes at the
I recommend reading the CSS3 working draft too:
This might be something that we'll be able to do in the future...
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