EPUB 3 pop-up footnote support

EPUB 3 supports pop-up footnotes for e-books. IMHO this is how footnotes SHOULD be implemented — they’re completely unobtrusive to the flow of a book and, if you click on them, they appear in place rather than taking you away from the page you’re reading.

However, I see no simple method in Scrivener’s Compile settings to convert footnotes to the HTML 5 syntax necessary to support pop-up footnotes. Could this be added as a setting? It would save me going through hundreds of footnotes and manually making changes after compiling — a massive time-saver!!

The footnote reference is marked-up like so:

<a epub:type="noteref" href="#n1">1</a></p>

And the content of the footnote as follows:

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More details at: http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2012/05/creating-pop-up-footnotes-in-epub-3-and.html and http://toc.oreilly.com/2013/02/oreillys-journey-to-epub-3.html

We don’t even support ePub 3 and HTML 5 in general, so it wouldn’t make sense to only implement this one piece into an ePub 2 XHTML output. It would probably just set off a validation warning.

Ah, I see. Thanks for the reply. Would I be right guessing from what you say that EPUB 3/HTML 5 support isn’t planned for the near future?

This is correct, mainly because we rely on Apple’s HTML export routines, which only export to HTML 4 at this time. We’d have to write our own HTML 5 export routines from scratch, and don’t really have the resources to do that at the moment (with a one-man development team :slight_smile: ). I am on the lookout for a way to do it, tough, as EPUB 3 and HTML 5 support are most definitely on the radar, it’s just trying to find a way to do it that won’t take six months of dedicated development time.

All the best,
Keith