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#1 jonmira

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:26 PM

Is there any way to eliminate short footnotes and have just full footnotes?

The use of full footnotes and short footnotes is fine for those that fully understand (not many) the use of source citations; however, when I give copies of the records to relatives, they are very confused by the short footnotes. I then have to explain the difference between the short and full footnotes.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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#2 TomH

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:39 AM

If you use Free Form sources, just replace the Short Footnote with Footnote.

If you use Custom Source Templates, copy the Footnote sentence template to the Short footnote sentence template.

If you use the built in Source Templates, you're almost out of luck within RM because they cannot be edited. You could create a copy of a built in Source Template in use, edit it per the previous case, create new Master Sources matching the ones that use the original built in template, and merge the latter into the new Master Source. That sounds laborious, especially if you have used many built in Source Templates and many different Sources, leading to the out of RM solution:

Using SQLite, you can run queries to convert sources to using editable copies of built in templates.

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#3 Jerry Bryan

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

If you use the built in Source Templates, you're almost out of luck within RM because they cannot be edited.


For this reason, the conventional wisdom is never to use the built in Source Templates directly. Rather, make a copy of each built in Source Template that you are going to use and use the copy.

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#4 TomH

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:46 PM

The use of full footnotes and short footnotes is fine for those that fully understand (not many) the use of source citations; however, when I give copies of the records to relatives, they are very confused by the short footnotes. I then have to explain the difference between the short and full footnotes.

John, is it possible that your Footnotes and Short Footnotes need to be improved and that is what causes the problem for your relatives? If you use the built in Source Templates, it is very important to fill in all the fields with appropriate content. Really, the same is true for all source forms. Try to put on the glasses of someone who is reading your work for the first time and see if you can relate each short footnote back to its original full one.

That said, you can reduce the occurrence of the Short Footnote sentence by using the following:
  • end notes instead of footnotes
  • option: re-use end note numbers where possible
  • option: combine citations for a single fact
  • option: use Ibid where possible

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