Inline footnotes

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Toffer Surovec

23 Mar, 2013 03:19 PM

I've recently have fallen in love with Brett Terpstra's way of handling footnotes in his Markdown services bundle. The syntax is as follows:

This is some text.(*[LABEL] footnote text.*)

Which when the service is used turns to

This is some text.[^LABEL]

[^LABEL]: footnote text.

Why do I think this should be added to MultiMarkdown? So iOS text editors will support it natively.

Thank you for your time.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by fletcher on 23 Mar, 2013 03:36 PM

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    Thanks for the proposal. I saw that Brett had proposed this, but haven't really looked into it yet.

    However, a problem with the proposal is that it conflicts with existing Markdown syntax:

    This is some text.(*[Label] footnote text.*)

    could mean that `[Label] footnote text.` should be inside parentheses and made italics, and [Label] is a link that is intended to be included in the footnote.

    The proposed syntax would have to be a bit more "reliable" before I would add it to the official MMD syntax.


    Fletcher T. Penney
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  2. 2 Posted by Toffer Surovec on 23 Mar, 2013 03:44 PM

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    I didn't think of that at all. That's a very solid point. Maybe: ~(*[Label] footnote text*)? Maybe just [Label](footnote test.) I know that looks just like a link but couldn't it parse for spaces between brackets? That would be a problem with one word footnotes though…

    That's just the first few ideas, but even those could have problems I guess.

    Thank you for your time and MultiMarkdown it has saved me time, effort, and really has made writing anything so much easier.

    Toffer Surovec
    Sent from my iPhone

  3. fletcher closed this discussion on 25 Mar, 2013 11:21 AM.

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