Fletcher on 29 Apr, 2017 04:32 PM
Thanks for your purchase and thanks for writing in!
First, a few definitions so we're all on the same page.
1) You purchased MultiMarkdown Composer, which is a text editor.
2) MultiMarkdown is a free/open source project that converts text into
HTML and other formats. The newest version is v6 (as of the last month
or two), but the most commonly used version is probably still v5.
3) MMD Composer is effectively a wrapper around MultiMarkdown itself.
Your question is actually about MMD, not Composer.
There is no single correct approach, it's a question of which style
rules you are trying to follow. For example, if anything, the proper
format for a footnote (not a citation) is to use a superscript (at least
Historically, MMD has used `` as the marker for footnotes for
visibility, since citations were handled as a variant of the footnote
syntax. Therefore `[^footnote]` and `[#citation]` would have similar
appearance in the text. And since glossary terms were simply special
footnotes, they share the same appearance as well.
This is all the correct behavior for MultiMarkdown (v5 and earlier), and
therefore is correct for MultiMarkdown Composer.
MultiMarkdown version 6, however, has more of a distinction between
footnotes, citations, glossary terms, and abbreviations.
For the moment, MMD v6 shares a similar output format as MMD 5 and
earlier for the sake of consistency, but I am considering changing this.
Footnotes would use superscripts. Citations could then use
parentheses. Glossary terms and abbreviations already use a different
format and would not change from their current structure.
MMD 6 will be the standard on which MultiMarkdown Composer v 3 is based
(the App Store currently sells version 2).
That's the complete answer to your question.
The short answer is:
1. MMD v6 will probably match what you want, provided you mean citations
when you say footnotes.
2. MMD Composer v3 beta is available now, but is still built on MMD v5.
I am working on the next generation of Composer which is built on MMD
v6, so it will incorporate these changes.
3. If proper formatting is really important, then consider using MMD ->
LaTeX if you're producing papers. The output is much better, and you
can configure the markup however you like. If you're producing web
pages, then that would not help you.