(19 December 1999)

This page demonstrates the use of a new footnote object1 for Dreamweaver 3. Unfortunately, this technique works only in 4.0 browsers. To view a footnote, move the pointer over a footnote number.

Uses of the footnote

Many scholarly works2 include footnotes. A footnote can be used for any of six major purposes:

Obtaining footnote text

Before creating a footnote, one must first obtain a reference or a parenthetical aside. References may be obtained by consulting any library;10 be sure to choose a book or article with an impressive-sounding title. Parenthetical asides are also easy to come by: merely think of something irrelevant to the topic at hand, and write it down.11

Stalking the wild footnote

Footnotes are easily startled.12

If you encounter a footnote that is foaming at the mouth or shows other signs of rabies, do not under any circumstances attempt to capture it yourself. Immediately contact your local university's Comparative Literature department, which will be happy to send a trained expert to assist you.

Preparing a footnote

Footnotes are tasty straight out of the box as a low-calorie snack.13

If you prefer, you may sautée them with butter and onions, and wrap them in pita. If you must cook a footnote in the oven, be sure to stop when it's half-baked.

Care and feeding of the footnote in captivity

If you treat your footnotes well, they will breed. In general, the more footnotes a given work has,14 the more it is likely to acquire.15 Some articles contain more text in the footnotes than in the main text.


Treat your footnotes well, and they shall wax fertile, and multiply.