Fun with Typography

Footnotes are fantastic.

I love reading. And one of the things I love when reading a non-fiction book is to explore the footnotes of that work. 1 I’ve always loved this typographical feature because it allows the author to maintain the immediate flow of the main text, while at the same time providing additional clarifying material and commentary. In fact, this trait was what led me to use footnotes instead of in-line citations for my ordination materials. 2

When I decided to begin this blog, I knew that I’d be to create and share some material that would be similar in tone to my ordination paper. Obviously, one of the features I’ve definitely been interested in is the ability to use footnotes. I’ve investigated a number of different ways of implementing this, but the solution that I’ve landed on is a plugin for WordPress called Easy Footnotes.  All I need to do is insert a little shortcode into my post text, and the footnote is automatically created and numbered. If you hover over the little super-script number, a dialog box will appear with the footnote. If you click on it, you’ll actually be taken to the full text of that footnote. It’s as easy as it gets. 3

This may be a small thing, but I’m excited about it. I won’t be using footnotes in every post, but don’t be surprised if they pop-up4 from time to time.

Footnotes

  1. This, for example, is a footnote.
  2. I prepared a 27-page document on systematic theology, with over 230 footnotes. I may have gone a bit overboard, but I loved every minute of it.
  3. That said, a friend introduced me to a promising option using markdown, which I hope to investigate soon.
  4. No pun intended!

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