Re: References in a Word 2007 Document - Advice needed

Subject: Re: References in a Word 2007 Document - Advice needed
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 09:57:03 -0700

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 11:16 PM, David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Lyx automatically and rapidly renumbers footnotes
> when pieces of the doc are rearranged or new material is inserted. One
> more thing the writer doesn't have to worry about.


I don't think the references that Heather mentioned are footnotes, but
external reference documents like standards and the like.

For instance, at the beginning of a development document, we'd list a
table of references:

[1] IEEE 802.11n draft spec {url}
[2] Internal SW development process {location}
[3] Grocery list from your mother {location}

Somewhere in the documents, or paragraphs would be littered with
phrases built on assumptions based on these specifications: "The
flizbot operates at a maximum gigawatt throughput of x^2/8âab as per
[1]. Check the milk and cookies level in accordance with [3]."

I think Heather was more concerned as to how the references were used.
Based on her example, I think they require more context from the
author before relating them to a reference. However, she did say she
changed the terms, so maybe they worked in those cases. In the
specific sentence, they don't.


In an academic paper, I like the use of superscript to mark endnotes
(not footnotes) that describe the context or link to the reference in
the bibliography. I don't write (-strkethrough-many) any academic
papers, though I've seen references to some style guide for them
that's really popular amongst the labcoats.

-Tony
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