Footnotes in a Typefi-ready template (.indd) behave in the same way as footnotes in any other Adobe InDesign document. Please see Adobe's documentation, Change footnote numbering and layout, for complete information about changing the footnote numbering.
When working with footnote numbers in your template, it's important to know that:
- The footnote numbering continues in the same story and restarts in new threads. Threading happens when you flow text from one frame into another. Each thread has its own numbering, so each set of threaded frames can continue numbering. If there's a frame that's not threaded to those, the numbering restarts.
- The footnote numbering restarts at the beginning of each section, spread, or page (specified in the Footnote Options dialogue).*
- InDesign does not support continuous footnote numbering across sections. However, you can use the Footnote Continue Numbering script so that the footnotes are numbered continuously.
- The footnote numbering style—for example, Arabic numbers (1,2,3) or letters (a,b,c)—is a property of the document. Therefore, footnotes in different stories must use the same numbering style. If you need to use different styles in the same document, please contact your Solutions Consultant.
* Although InDesign doesn’t support continuous footnote numbering across sections, you can use the Create InDesign book workflow action, along with the Footnote Continue Numbering script so that the footnotes are numbered continuously.
How do I change the appearance of a footnote?
Use a character style to format footnote numbers, and a paragraph style to format footnote text:
- Open your Typefi-ready template in Adobe InDesign.
- Create a character style named Footnote Reference and a paragraph style named Footnote Text and configure them however you'd like.
NOTE Typefi Writer workflows only: Word automatically applies a default Footnote Reference and Footnote Text style in the Word document. If you don't have matching styles in your InDesign template, Typefi creates an "on-the-fly", or impromptu, style and logs a warning to the job log.
- Open the Footnote Options dialogue (Type → Document Footnote Options).
- Within the Formatting group:
- Set the Footnote Reference Number's character style to Footnote Reference.
- Set the paragraph style for the Footnote Formatting to Footnote Text.
- Click OK.
How do I control where footnotes appear on the page?
In InDesign, footnotes appear in the same text frame as the footnote number.
|If the footnote number is located in...||… then the footnote text is placed here|
|The main story||Typefi places the footnote text at the bottom of the Main Story Frame.|
|A Typefi Element||Typefi places the footnote text at the bottom of the Element Content Frame. The document contains two (or more) sets of footnotes that do not share the same numbering.|
|A table cell (InDesign CC 2019 and later)||If the table is inline within the main story, Typefi places the footnotes at the bottom of the page where the Main Story Frame is located. The footnote numbering continues.
TIP If you do not want the footnotes in a table cell to be part of the main story, place the table in an inline frame. Placing the table in an inline frame works because inline frames are self-contained stories, and therefore InDesign places those footnotes below the table.
|A column||If your template was created in InDesign CC 2017 or later, footnotes span across columns by default.
If your template was created in InDesign CC 2016 or earlier, footnotes do not span across columns by default.
To specify whether or not footnotes can span across columns:
Footnotes cannot be nested within another footnote.
NOTE If your final output is EPUB, footnotes can appear at the end of the section, after the paragraph in which they occur, or as pop-up notes (EPUB 3 only).
TIP The power of InDesign scripting means you can bypass some of InDesign's restrictions and limitations for working with footnotes—contact your Solutions Consultant for more information about adding scripts to your Typefi workflows. Additionally, check out Peter Kahrel's free InDesign scripts to further manage footnotes.
If you have any questions about configuring footnotes in your templates, please contact us. We're here to help.