Sometimes, when I write a post on SE.TeX, I feel the need to create a footnote.

But, as far as I know, there is no way to do it in TeX.SE. Neither markdown syntax nor minimal html allow footnotes.

In my opinion, footnotes are goods ; they allow the main text to stay clear and concise and they offer the possibility to expand or precise a point.

Why should not include some (minimal) footnotes support in the SE.TeX mardown syntax ?

Such syntaxes are availables :

<=my footnote=>
+my footnote+
#my footnote#
  • My question here is how really useful footnotes would be. Most 'references' can be dealt with by hyperlinking to sources, and for 'extended discussion' of ideas then normally saying 'see below' works in the format we have.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 28 '13 at 15:33
  • @JosephWright I just feel the need to use footnote in one of my post. It could help to see the possible usages.
    – ppr
    Dec 7 '13 at 17:10
  • I don't see the need for a footnote in your example: it's not an academic paper. I'd phase as 'The biblatex manual says [quote]. However, this puts all of the information into one field, so that I can'd do ...'.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Dec 7 '13 at 17:12
  • @JosephWright You right. I could phrase in another way. Footnotes are probably just a professional (bad) habit of mine.
    – ppr
    Dec 7 '13 at 17:15

You could do like this1, though you have to number and position the footnotes manually.

A related question on Meta.SO: Markdown footnotes?

1 Using <sup>1</sup> to write a raised number.

  • Indeed! But there is no link between the footnote call and the footnote itself and it takes too much time to create footnotes this way. So nobody will use it. Perhaps it will be different if it was easy and clickable?
    – ppr
    Nov 27 '13 at 22:31
  • @ppr I have seen people (well, at least one person) use it, though I agree that a better syntax, and hyperlinked, would be a lot better. Nov 27 '13 at 22:33

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