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This Wikipedia article on the dagger (archived by Swarthmore College Computer Society) claims: History The symbol was first used in liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church, marking a minor intermediate pause in the chanting of Psalm verses (the major intermediate pause was marked with an asterisk) or the point at which the chanting of the ...
A lot depends on what style manual you follow. I follow Hart’s Rules at the University Press Oxford and according to Hart’s - Footnote references should be placed outside punctuation, but inside the closing parenthesis when referring to matter within parentheses. It makes no distinction between numeric or symbol footnotes. It makes no distinction ...
In my business, it depends on what the journal publisher says is the rule. Most journals require them to be outside the punctuation. Some, like all the journals published by the Nature group, require them to be inside the punctuation. There are reasonable arguments for whatever style is mandated, but there's no internationally accepted style. Although it's ...
Marginalia, see Wikipedia: Marginalia or margin note. In LaTeX the command to typeset a text in the margins of a page is \marginpar (Footnotes and Margin Notes)
Sidenotes is a common term used to denote the notes, trivia or anything interesting noted by the author on the sidelines of pages of his book. http://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/sidenote At least one author, Robert Bringhurst in his book "The Elements of Typographic Style" has talked about the importance of sidenotes and their formatting issues.
You might use the word annotations to describe explanatory text or comments found on the margins of literary works and diagrams. Since you mentioned printed matter used by tasteful authors, coleopterist's answer made sense to me so I dug a little deeper and found the word text annotation is used interchangeably with marginalia(and it sounds like a more ...
I've always known them as marginalia (mainly due to references to Fermat's marginalia), or simply, marginal notes. Apparently, there are a number of synonyms which are also used. These include: apostil (or originally, apostille) postil gloss
Sidebar is a general term for such marginal notes. According to a wikipedia article, In publishing, sidebar is a term for information placed adjacent to an article in a printed or Web publication, graphically separate but with contextual connection. The term has long been used in newspaper and magazine layout. It is now common in Web design, where ...
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