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I'm all for footnotes, I like 'em.
But why need they be so tweechy?
Is it tradition?
Is it the law?
Is it just that you lot in the tiny-writing-brigade* like to annoy me?

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:07 am
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Just a shot in the dark here, but I think it's to make it both easier to discern it from the normal text, and easier to skip over if you're not interested. Also, the size could be directly related to the amount of information in the longest footnote, which gives them a feeling of consistency. A book with longer footnotes would have smaller text throughout so they can fit in more information, whereas a book with short and sweet footnotes would use a slightly larger font. Or it could just be the typesetter's preference.

It's odd that the English books I have directly on hand don't have anything about footnotes. Especially Fowler's, which has a goddamn footnote on the first page of the Preface.

For more information, consult your local library.


Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:41 am
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You're talking proper, academic footnotes, I'm talking those annoying little bits of text people leave at the end of posts.*
Where did it start? And why? There are few things that really get my goat, but that's one of them.

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Oooh, that. If you hate it so much, set a minimum font size. Not sure how in IE, but in Firefox:
Tools>Preferences>Content tab>Advanced...

Set Minimum Font Size to 12 or 14. You'll never have ant-sized text again. Only drawback is some Ajax applications look funny if your font is set too big. In such an event, you can always unset it, or temporarily switch to a different profile without the minimum size set.


Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:35 am
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In IE, it appears to be:
Tools>Internet Options>Accessibility and there is an option to Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages.

Looks ass-ugly, though, as it defaults to a larger font size than I like.

There may be another way to do it, that's just the one I found.


Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:53 pm
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I did not know you could do that. Gold stars to you both for top notch instruction.
That's me sorted 'til I discover another annoying thing.


Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:18 pm
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Say that's a neat trick Nacho. o.O I was unaware one could do that.

...Well, I kind of figured one could I suppose, I was more unaware of how one does that. Yeah.


Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:35 am
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One should remember this when one turns the big one-eight, and show one one's big ones.


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The real point of this could be:

Why the hell should I change my browser settings to read tiny text that is, in general, completely unimportant?

I'll take the extra time to cut-and-paste something into Notepad if someone inherently interesting, like nacho, writes in super-tiny script because it's always worth it--and also because he so rarely makes use of his power. The rest of the time, I peacefully wander the internet without coming across any strings of tiny words. C'mon, people! At least constrain yourself to the merely "small" font size available!

And don't pee on the toilet seat either. If you don't choose to sit, just lift the seat. Leave it up if you like!


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Aw, shucks, Cali. Muh heart's all a-flutter.

Bonus points if you posted that from Lynx. ;)


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I wasn't using Lynx to post THAT one, but I'm using it now to post this! I haven't learned how to do much with it so far, but I'll get it one step at a time.

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Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:18 am
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Hooray! You win a cookie!

Next thing you know, you'll be using BitchX, vi and Blackbox, and looking down on other people and their bloated-ass GUIs with the haughtiness of a frenchman in a trailer park.

Xoblite is probably your best bet for Windows Blackbox.

Irssi is a pretty user-friendly alternative to BitchX.

No WWW in the Lynx addess.

Tiny boobies! ( o Y o )


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I made the mistake of copy/pasting that into an MSN coversation window and sending it accidentally.
Now people will think I like tiny boobies =(


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Hah! Smooooth...

Tiny boobies stay perky and bouncy longer. Not a damn thing wrong with that.


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Yes, but I'm a female lady!
Heaven forbid we should enjoy of the boobies!


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What's wrong with enjoyment of the boobies? They're quite pretty, leastwise the aforementioned perky and bouncy ones (not so much the saggy and wrinkly ones).


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