Custom numbered footnotes
One feature is really missing from the beginning - and this a free style numbering (endnotes and footnotes as well).
So many times we get the Asterisk () as start, followed by numbered footnotes (1, 2, 3, 4, …). So it would be helpful to define something like this: , # (<-- which means, first Asterisk and numbered from up there, etc.) Or *, o, # etc.
Example for placed footnote text:
It could be implemented in the footnote area of the text container (Command/STRG B) and into the global options for document footnotes.
Yes. We have clients that want footnotes sequenced in order across the entire document (not restarted at each section or chapter) as well as clients that have different footnotes for tables on a page that might have other footnotes related to the narrative on the same page.
At the very least, it would be helpful to have the ability to tell all footnotes not to restart at a particular section/chapter, or to tell an individual footnote to start at a particular number. Even though my checkbox to restart at every page/spread/section is not checked, it still restarts. It seems that if you want footnotes to never restart but to continually increment across the whole document, you have to thread every thing together which is a huge problem if you have section dividers or other pages between chapters and the client adds/removes text causing everything to reflow.
Viacheslav Horobchenko commented
This is really very necessary! In some texts, it is necessary to preserve the original footnotes of, say, another edition or author’s footnotes, and there is a need to add footnotes of another context, say the reviewer's footnotes. And these two footnote contexts should somehow differ markedly. At the same time, the publisher wants both those and others to remain on the same page.
... and very important, too:
telling the footnote text where to go.
Means for multi-column text, e.g. 2 columns:
The numbers 1 to 3 are placed in column 1, numbers 4 to 8 in column 2 - all (!) footnote text is placed in column 2 (from the bottom).
Or even the same like above, but placing the footnote text only in column 1 (from the bottom)
I have so many jobs where the footnotes have to be manually placed because the described is not possible.
If the developers have access to »Advent 3B2« (I worked with about 10 years ago for a company: a layout program with text and graphics mixing environment; renamed to » Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher, APP«; http://gpsl.co/technology/ptc-arbortext/app/), they should take a look (or get the manual if possible) - very powerful in terms of footnotes and marginalia management etc. ... as a source of ideas determined very inspiring.