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From M Henri Day <>
Subject Re: Adding comments on footnotes
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:35:25 GMT
2014-02-19 18:08 GMT+01:00 Brian Barker <>:

> At 15:41 19/02/2014 +0000, Gordon Snow wrote:
>> I am using Open Office 4.0.1 to edit a document loaded as a Microsoft
>> Word (.doc file) .
>> Adding marginal comments using Ctrl/Alt/C in the main text is
>> straightforward. Adding comments on a footnote is not. The RH slide bar to
>> move through text simply jumps repeatedly across the existing screen text.
>> As a temporary measure, I have added an explanatory comment attached to
>> the footnote number in the main text, referring to the difficulty and
>> listing the changes I wanted made to the footnote itself. Is there a neater
>> way of doing this? Or have I uncovered a genuine bug in the program?
> I think you've discovered a bug in Microsoft Word!  It seems that it is
> not possible to attach a comment to footnote text in Word, so there is
> presumably no way to save such a  comment in a .doc file.  Whatever you
> managed to do in OpenOffice, the comment would not reappear when you
> reopened the .doc file.
> Moral: always use the application's native format - here .odt.  Distribute
> finished documents as .pdf.  If your correspondents insist on .doc files,
> they and you are limited by what can be saved in this format.
> I trust this helps.
> Brian Barker

‚ÄčA modest proposal : if one wishes to comment on a footnote, say number 4
in a .doc file, comment upon it after the superscript 4 (or whatever form
of notation is used in the document in question) in the *main text*, which
will allow the comment to be presented to the intended reader....


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