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Side Notes with Footnotes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114735D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, GL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The concept of a side note, information to the right or left side of the body text, such as illustrations in a dictionary or references in a study Bible, is well known. In a word processing system, where the information is displayed and printed, there is need to provide an additional capability of allowing footnotes to be used to reference information in the side notes as well as in the body text of a document. This is particularly important when the side-note objects are graphics, images or full-motion video information for which the source must be identified to the reader. Providing this capability in a word processing or document processing system requires two additional capabilities.

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Side Notes with Footnotes

      The concept of a side note, information to the right or left
side of the body text, such as illustrations in a dictionary or
references in a study Bible, is well known.  In a word processing
system, where the information is displayed and printed, there is need
to provide an additional capability of allowing footnotes to be used
to reference information in the side notes as well as in the body
text
of a document.  This is particularly important when the side-note
objects
are graphics, images or full-motion video information for which the
source must be identified to the reader.  Providing this capability
in
a word processing or document processing system requires two
additional
capabilities.

      First, the system will allow the user to choose whether to keep
the side-note footnotes separate from the body-text footnotes, each
set of footnotes with its own numbering sequence.  The choice of the
separate footnotes for side notes requires a separate counter to keep
track of the footnote numbers to be used for the side notes.  All the
footnote formatting parameters for the footnotes associated with the
side notes will have to be maintained in a separate set, different
from and separate from the body-text footnote parameters.  In this
situation the side-note footnotes would be formatted to fit at the
bottom of the side-note area, or alternately could be specified to be
placed at the end of the document as end notes.  If the user chooses
to place the side-note footnotes at the end of the document and the
body-text footnotes are also to be placed at the end of the document,
then the user will be offered a choice of which set of end notes
should occur first.  A location will be provided to allow the user to
specify a title for each set of end notes.

      Second, the system will allow the user to choose to intermingle
the side-note footnotes with the body-text footnotes, such that only
one counter is used and the numbers are shared between the side-note
footnotes and the body-text footnotes.  Then the system will allow
the user to select how the numbers are to be assigned and used by the
two text areas, side notes and body text.  There are five choises the
user may make at this point.
  1.  Have the system assign all side-note footnote numbers for the
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