Add styles to inspector footnotes

At present there is no way (that I know) to apply styles to inspector footnotes. Inline footnotes are distracting to me—they get in the way of the text—so that’s not an option.

I use multiple languages in my writing, which means multiple scripts, which means multiple fonts, which means applying character styles to words so I can, say, change the font of all text in a specific script. At present, if I ever want to have multiple fonts in my footnotes, I have to do it in Word.

Apologies for bumping an old thread, but I too would love the ability to use styles in inspector footnotes, for similar reasons.

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Windows or Mac?



I’m on a Mac but I have a Windows machine too, just do my writing on the Mac. So either/both would be amazing.

Styles is such a great setup and so flexible. The main reason I like using styles is the same reason I use Inspector Footnotes — to keep my prose as the main thing I’m looking at, and keep markup in the background.

A much more complicated thing, albeit the bit that would produce perfection, would be to render Pandoc citations… even if only as an approximation, it would be transformative to my workflow.

Hi, Sorry to leave replying for so long. I suppose my original question was more directed at the original poster, because on the Mac, inserting a stretch in a language which uses a non-roman character set in a comment or footnote is perfectly easy through the keyboard preferences … I have to do it fairly often with Chinese, and styles are not involved.

Using italics and bold is not a problem, but to use a different font you need to set it from the format menu each time, it seems.

However, I imagine you wish for styles for other reasons, and as for Pandoc citations, I have no idea of that. I use Bookends as my reference manager and have no problems with the temporary citation codes and scanning the compiled document to turn them into full citations and create the bibliography. Also Windows is a different world to me; if I had to abandon Mac, I’d move to Linux.

So not much help I’m afraid.


True, and I do the same (for Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, etc.). But the problem that styles solves for me is that I can generate divs and spans in the Markdown output, that Pandoc can then use to generate LaTeX environments (or docx styles, or HTML) that enables those languages to be typeset correctly.

Some word processors have neat tricks around the link between styles and keyboard layouts. Mellel can apply a secondary style to a secondary language (e.g. typesetting Hebrew in a specialised Hebrew font), and Nisus Writer can change the Mac keyboard layout for a particular style. The Nisus Writer way of doing things is more flexible because it can cope with more languages.

But much as I’d love this in Scrivener, it’s probably functionality that is super obscure. I just change style and change keyboard layout, which can cause weird side-effects when I do one and not the other but is more or less OK.

I too use NWP. I have a macro—largely created by Martin for me—which finds and selects all text in Chinese characters and then marks them as being Chinese language. It should be fairly straightforward, I should think, to do the same for other non-Roman languages. You need to identify the Unicode/utf8 ranges of the relevant glyphs.