From: Parr, Christopher (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Sep 03 2004 - 00:51:01 PDT
Thanks for your reply.
That's exactly what I figured. I just hoped there would be someone who would
prove me wrong :)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of David Tolpin
Sent: 02 September 2004 22:19
Subject: Re: [xep-support] Footnotes
> What I now want to do is streamline the document: There can be many
> identical footnotes within the document both on the same page and over
> many pages. I need to merge these footnotes into a single footnote
> number so if there are 20 identical footnote references in one page, I
> can have one footnote number 20 times through out the text and one
> footnote at the bottom (as opposed to footnote numbers 1 to 20 within
> the text on the same page, and 20 identical footnotes in the footer).
> I'm starting to think this can't be done, but it must be a common
> publishing issue.
It requires a language construct not present in XSL FO, that is, an
extension to XSL FO. The main value of XSL Formatting Objects is that it is
an accepted recommendation, shared by many implementations.
Adding extensions to implement advanced features is dangerous, because it
kills validity control -- one cannot use formal validation tools with an
input vocabulary consisting of non-formally introduced extensions, and one
cannot predict a result when vaguely defined extensions are used.
Process automation is always a compromise. Consider using endnotes instead
of footnotes if footnotes in your text is something that repeats multiple
times -- endnotes are more appropriate; footnotes are normally unique.
Another option, depending on the context, is markers.
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