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    Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    Hi Everybody.

    I don't know if this can be done but here goes...
    Can you create a subordinate set of footnotes based on the original footnotes? My client wants to create a general set of notes that appears at the bottom of the page and then create a separate set of notes based on the first set. I included an example with this post.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Marc

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    Re: Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    Not with the built-in footnote feature. You could create your own system using SEQ fields, perhaps...

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    Re: Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    > Can you create a subordinate set of footnotes based on the original footnotes?
    Yes, but not with Word's built-in Footnotes.
    See also <post#=648,960>post 648,960</post#>

    I am of the conclusion that EndNotes and FootNotes are but two specific implementations of what we might call GeneralNotes (and not only because there is a cute alphabetic sequence)
    With this in mind, consider a command (button, macro, menu etc.) that is for a GNote.
    GNote solicits some commentary/note text and then asks what ought to be done with that text.
    The GNote command would need something like a bookmark to record the position of the origin of the reference within the body of the document and a place within the file (as distinct from the document) to store the text (Could be document variables).
    A post-processor would then examine all bookmarks, read the text, determine the placement and effect the placement.
    Something like this must already be done for EndNotes and FootNotes, but the placement is done on-the-fly, and note sequencing is accomplished on-the-fly.

    In your case (this thread) you would ask that the notes be nested on the same page.
    In the case of FootNotes the request is that they be listed on the same page.
    In the case of EndNotes the request is that they be listed at the end of the document.
    Chapter Notes would request placement at the end of a chapter.
    section notes, well you get the idea.
    My question of two months back would request placement in a table cell at the foot of the page.

    And herein lies the problem: Footnotes and Endnotes have access to Word's code for flating layers 9is it?) over the document. i do not.
    My VBA code would have to do some very nimble text adjustment to place the Gnotes at the foot of the page and manmage any overlow/underflow of text to and from the following page.

    Tricky, but I believe it could be done.

    P.S. I have no doubt that once GreavesNotes is implemented, HansNotes will demonstrate a much more elegant solution (grin!)

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    Re: Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    Is the G in Gnote silent, or is it pronounced? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    >Can you create a subordinate set of footnotes based on the original footnotes?

    Have you considered FootNotes for the first level and EndNotes for the second level?

    A further question follows from wondering why Word does not allow this.
    My guess is that most professional writers do not do this for a good reason.
    I just 'phoned my technical writer and I suggested there are two reasons for MS not implementing something in Word
    (1) Laziness and
    (2) It doesn't make sense.

    He agreed with me (I pay him well!), that there is no logical reason for disallowing footnotes within footnotes. We had quite a long chat (because he knows I pay him well!), and realised that there is no limit to the number of references. For example, a footnote can refer the reader to an Appendix or a Bibliography or an author's book, and these again are specific examples of references by note away from the main body of text.

    So I see no reason NOT to implement footnotes from footnotes, or, for that matter, endnotes from footnotes.
    Just that MS decided in Word to offer only endnotes and footnotes as built-in features,

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    Re: Sub Footnotes (2007 or 2000)

    >Is the G in Gnote silent, or is it pronounced?
    I'm agnostic!

    There is a Warrent Clements strip where the birds are looking through a family photo albumn:
    "That's Uncle George in Paris. Whenever he went to a foreign country he always wrote down the phonetic spelling of things he needed to say or order"
    "Which one is he?"
    "He's the one walking with a pronounced list".

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