Bug 151474 - Allow formatting footnotes in columns or separated by spaces
Summary: Allow formatting footnotes in columns or separated by spaces
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 112064
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
Depends on:
Blocks: Footnote-Endnote
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Reported: 2022-10-12 04:16 UTC by Seán Ó Séaghdha
Modified: 2023-10-26 08:29 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:
Crash report or crash signature:

Example: critical edition of fragment of Sanas Cormac (203.88 KB, image/png)
2022-10-12 04:19 UTC, Seán Ó Séaghdha
Example: part of same document formatted in Writer (210.77 KB, image/png)
2022-10-12 04:24 UTC, Seán Ó Séaghdha

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Description Seán Ó Séaghdha 2022-10-12 04:16:14 UTC
It’s extremely common in critical editions of historical documents & manuscripts to have lots of short footnotes showing textual variations.  Sometimes these might be one word plus a one-letter identifier for a manuscript.  It’s a huge waste of space to format these all on separate lines and the ratio of text space to footnote space quickly becomes unworkable in Writer.

Actual Results:
Writer becomes impractical

Expected Results:
Writer should allow standard printing practices

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
The footnote area should be a distinct object/section that can be formatted, e.g. into columns.  Footnotes should not be forced to paragraphs, but equivalent to <div>s that could be floated with padding.
Comment 1 Seán Ó Séaghdha 2022-10-12 04:19:11 UTC
Created attachment 182982 [details]
Example: critical edition of fragment of Sanas Cormac

Spaced footnotes
Comment 2 Seán Ó Séaghdha 2022-10-12 04:24:41 UTC
Created attachment 182983 [details]
Example: part of same document formatted in Writer

Combining facing pages, but wasting a lot of space
Comment 3 m_a_riosv 2022-10-12 08:59:10 UTC
Please attach a sample file.
Comment 4 Seán Ó Séaghdha 2022-10-14 01:35:35 UTC
How will attaching a sample file help when this is something you cannot do with Writer?
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2022-10-14 03:34:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Seán Ó Séaghdha 2023-04-09 05:30:58 UTC
What does status ‘Unconfirmed’ mean here?
Comment 7 m_a_riosv 2023-04-09 20:44:37 UTC
That no one has yet reproduced your report.
Comment 8 Seán Ó Séaghdha 2023-04-10 02:28:40 UTC
How can it be reproduced when it’s an enhancement, i.e. something that cannot be done currently?
Comment 9 ajlittoz 2023-10-15 12:15:31 UTC
I support the request to consider footnote area as an independently configurable area, the same as a section.
Comment 10 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-10-19 21:12:32 UTC
Adding some related reports in "see also".

Request makes sens to me too -> New.

Design/UX, opinion?
Comment 11 Heiko Tietze 2023-10-26 08:29:54 UTC
This has been requested in bug 112064. And I like the idea, although it requires support by the document format.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 112064 ***