In scientific texts it is common and for some articles in many journals necessary to make an extra
footnote or endnote for each reference. These journals also demand that within the main text more
than 2 subsequent reference numbers should be written like: 2-5. If libreoffice should be really an
alternative for usage in scientific writing at universities the correct implementation of a hiding
feature concerning the reference number (footnote/endnote anchor) as given in MS-office is
absolutely vital. Otherwise the libreoffice writer is not usable for millions of students and
If you write 2- 3 4 5 and try to hide 3 4 (together with the spaces), the endnotes themselves are
A work around using small font size and white color leads to terrible spaces if you have more
reference (e.g. 23-30). Interestingly these formattings are not applied to the endnotes themselves.
Therefore the vanishing of the endnotes and also footnotes by hiding their reference number seems
to be a bug.
In addition, if the whole text within an endnote or footnote is hidden the footnote/endnote is
hidden completely. This can be avoided by at least leaving one space unhidden. As there is already
this mentioned way to do so, there is no reason why the note itself should vanish, when the anchor
is hidden, if the user would need this in some rare cases.
Whereas hiding only the reference number (footnote/endnote anchor) is a quite often needed feature.
(Besides the possibility to add a "hidden" button to the toolbar would be nice, but is not so
At the moment I have to stick to MS-Word.
(A second, not really vital thing that keeps me at the damned Microsoft Word is the nice feature
"Do Full Justification the way WordPerfect 6.x for Windows does". For many years people are asking
for this feature in open office. Seems to be very difficult to implement.)
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- [libreoffice-users] Footnotes and Endnotes are hidden together with reference numbers!!! · Werner Johann
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