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Footnotes with very long indented paragraphs
Thread poster: zabrowa
Local time: 21:22
Jan 13, 2009

This writer has very long footnotes which are sometimes indented. Even the beginning is indented, directly after the footnoted number (though I corrected this). What is the policy for this situation? Thanks!

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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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Local time: 12:22
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perhaps not something you have to worry about . . . Jan 13, 2009


I just took a few minutes to look at what the Chicago Manual of Style says, but it doesn't seem to address this. In the manual's examples, the notes begin flush left, one space after the period for the note number.

Chicago considers very long notes to be a vice, but in a book I edited last year, the author had two long notes (each two paragraphs in length), and my contact at the press said to let it go. I don't recall if I indented the second paragraph, but fundamentally, that is something that the typesetter and designer should decide at a later stage in the process.

If your author is under contract to a press, you could ask him to ask the press for it's house style sheet, and that might provide some guidance.


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