How do I embed a citation in a footnote?

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15 Jun, 2017 07:02 PM

I am creating footnotes that need citations within them. I can't figure out if it's supported (it should be) or what the correct way of constructing the document so that this works. Incidentally footnotes and citations should use different numbering/lettering schemes to be really useful (although this can always be patched up manually.

Any help appreciated.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 15 Jun, 2017 11:26 PM

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    1. This is not specifically supported -- things like footnotes are processed at the end, after the main body is processed. So their contents are handled differently than the main body content.

    2. It currently works in MMD-6 (but not the other way around -- a citation containing a footnote doesn't work.) This is not guaranteed to always work in the future.

    3. If you need this construct, you can use the raw equivalent inside your document (e.g. raw HTML or raw LaTeX, etc.) to insert what you need where you need it. The goal of MMD is not to meet 100% of the needs of 100% of users -- this way madness lies... (or MS Word, which is arguably the same thing.) The goal is to meet 80% of the needs of 80% of users. Nesting these constructs falls out of this goal, IMO.

    4. Footnotes and citations are numbered sequentially in MMD-5 and earlier (in HTML, not LaTeX). MMD-6 uses separate streams for the two.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Fletcher closed this discussion on 15 Jun, 2017 11:26 PM.

  3. essin re-opened this discussion on 16 Jun, 2017 12:40 AM

  4. 2 Posted by essin on 16 Jun, 2017 12:40 AM

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    Yes, that helps. I'll have no trouble finding something that will work.
    If it was available I'd use it but it's definitely not a show-stopper
    for me.

    Thanks for the help,


  5. Fletcher closed this discussion on 16 Jun, 2017 12:47 AM.

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