You can refer to a footnote by means like page number, but not by the number of the footnote itself (for headings you have (at least) both possibilities). Needed when having multiple footnotes per page.
Can you please describe this more ? I'm not following at all what you're hoping to achieve. If a sample document would help clarify please attach one.
Set to UNCONFIRMED once you clarify and add an attachment (if useful)
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Sample document with footnote reference
I was confused, thinking "reference" is the footnote text, when in fact it is the footnote number. Still, shouldn't there be a "Number" like for headings and a "Reference Text" as for headings, too?
I'm not sure, whether I grasp the problem or not. I think you wrote about the cross-references dialogue (Insert => Cross-reference => Cross-references). In this dialogue you can't select a footnote in the "insert reference to" field and you would like to have this possibility. Is it correct?
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Cross-references dialog for headings
Created attachment 128757 [details]
Cross-reference dialog for footnotes
The thing is confusion: If you want to insert the number of a heading, you'll have to select "number". But it you want to insert the number of a footnote, you'll have to select "reference". And if you select "reference" for a heading you'll get the text of the heading.
I'd wish both categories (headings and footnotes) behave more similar.
I also noted that you don't see the footnotes category in the dialog if there are no footnotes, but you see the headings category even if there are no headings as well.
I also think, that the dialogue is confusing. The improvement of the cross-reference dialogue is also discussed in Bug #96299.
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The description is there for months!
So this might be a proposal: When you choose "Footnotes" as the type of reference the field "Insert reference to" should give the following possibilities:
As Page Style
=> So the option "Reference" is hidden and the option "Number" is added. This would be consistence I think. Do you agree, Ulrich?
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I'm not the reported, but I think: "Yes".