You are writing in Adobe FrameMaker 8 and need to add the occasional reference. Seems straightforward enough. Just choose Special > Footnote
and there you go. A footnote number immediately appears at the cursor
position and the footnote itself appears at the bottom of the page.
Better yet, if your Word document has footnotes, they will just come
into FrameMaker when you import the file. But what if you don't like
how they look? That's a little trickier because the controls are spread
all over the program. Here are the four steps to footnote formatting:
- Choose Format > Document > Footnote Properties
This is where you can control the height allowed for a footnote on a single page, the paragraph tag assigned, and the look of the actual number. The default is to superscript the number in the text, but have it baseline-aligned in the reference and follow it with a period and a tab. Whatever you choose here changes all the footnotes in a document when you click Set.
- Choose Format > Document > Numbering > Footnote tab
You can control the numbering style here and, if you publish loose-leaf updates, definitely consider starting the numbering over on each page to simply your life.
- Choose Format > Paragraphs > Designer
Obviously, you need to make a stop here to set the typeface, size, style, etc.
- Choose View > Reference Pages > Reference
And finally, visit the Reference pages to refine the footnote rule that appears above the first footnote on every page. You can adjust the rule, the frame, or both to globally update the division between the text and the footnotes.
That's a lot of stops on the footnote train, but... once you finish,
all your footnotes should be looking pretty good. Unless, of course,
they fall too far down on the page. In that case, you end up with the
reference on one page and the footnote on the next. All I know to do is
to start working with Pagination properties to force them back
together. Come on, Adobe. It's the end of 2008! Can't you please fix
this so that footnotes can break across pages like InDesign and Word
have done for years?
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Do you know if it is possible to remove line breaks in the footnotes so the footnotes can appear in a single paragraph instead of separate paragraphs? I'd like to save space on each page (the book is heavily footnoted!) and format the footnotes so that each one is a “sentence”
Thank you for any suggestions or help you can provide.
Posted by: Jacqueline Le Bourhis | November 03, 2009 at 10:05 PM
Hi Jacquo. No, as far as I know, the footnotes need to have the hard return at the end of each note. What if you run them as endnotes in the back of the document? That’s not an actual FrameMaker feature, so you could format them anyway you like.
Posted by: Barb Binder, ACI | November 06, 2009 at 02:28 PM
I am using FrameMaker 9, Unstructured.
I am trying to insert multiple cross-references to a table footnote according to the FrameMaker instructions (http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WS6C3D24E6-2965-48bb-B6CF-50D1439AEB01.html#WSd817046a44e105e21e63e3d11ab7f7561e-7f55). However, after I insert the cross-reference, the footnote symbol does not appear (i.e., no cross-reference text has been inserted). Here is the definition of the footnote symbol that I am using:
Do you know of any reason why I am unable to insert cross-references to table footnotes?
Posted by: Michael | March 08, 2010 at 02:31 PM
Here is the definition of the footnote symbol that I am using (minus the essential left arrow and right arrow characters, which are apparently read as code by your blog's software):
SP-Superscript$paranumonly[fn]Default ¶ Font
Posted by: Michael | March 08, 2010 at 02:36 PM
Great question, Michael. I just wrote up the answer for the FrameMaker column for next week's Skills & Drills newsletter. If you just can't wait, drop me a line at [email protected] and I'll be glad to forward the PDF.
Posted by: Barbbinder | March 08, 2010 at 09:54 PM