Footnotes for WordPress 2010.0822 is now available(posted on 22 August 2010)

I’m happy to announce that a new and improved release of Footnotes for WordPress (2010.0822) is now available. This release ensures compatibility with WordPress 3.0, includes a minor bug fix that may be significant[1], and a couple new features that you may find of use. Briefly, here’s what’s changed:

  • Feature: I have added a new shortcode, [backref name="..." /], which allows you to refer back to an established footnote if you gave it a unique name. So, for example:

    This is footnoted.[ref name="source1"]Source 1[/ref]
    So is this.[ref name="source2"]Source[/ref]
    And this one comes from the same source as the first.[backref name="source1"]

    The third paragraph will include a footnote that points back to the first source.

    Props for suggesting this feature go to Jesse Taylor.

  • Feature: If you don’t like my default styling for the footnote list (each footnote in an individual box with a little header marking it as a note), you can now easily override it by supplying your own class for the list of footnotes. Here’s how:

    This is a test.[ref]Lewis (2000).[/ref]
    [references class="compact" /]

    … which will produce the following HTML:

    <p>This is a test.<sup>[<a href="#test-n-1" class="footnoted"
    <ol class="compact">
    <li class="footnote" id="test-n-1"><strong><sup>[1]</sup></strong> Lewis
    (2000). <a class="note-return" href="#to-test-n-1">&#x21A9;</a></li>

    Since the default styling is based on children of ol.footnotes, those default styles will not apply, and you can apply whatever styles you wish to the class that you’ve created.

  • WordPress 3 Compatibility: JavaScript functionality to make floating note bubbles appear did not work correctly in WordPress 3.0 in the earlier version. The current version of the plugin has been tested, fixed, and confirmed to work on, versions of WordPress up through 3.0.1.

  • Bugfix: There was a bug, which has now been fixed, in the handling of unique ids, which could cause the plugin to break if you attempted to create more than one footnote section in your post:

    Test[ref]Source 1[/ref]
    [references /]
    Test 2.[ref]Source 2[/ref]
    [references /]

    In earlier versions, the use of [references /] would cause the unique IDs to reset, creating duplicate IDs and breaking the plugins. This should now be something you can pull off without a hitch.

Download and enjoy! As always, if you have any issues with the release, or if there is anything that you would like to see included in a future release, please use the comments form or drop me a line to let me know about it. And if you find Footnotes for WordPress useful, please remember that a small tip in the project tip jar goes a long way towards helping keep little projects like this up and running.

  1. [1]If you like to write long posts where you’d like to break up the footnotes into more than one section.


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  1. Max says:

    Hello, I’m using this plugin since a couple of weeks and it seems to work strange if I use the more-tag in a post.

    On Homepage a footnote is not converted and [ref]foobar[/ref] appears readable before the more-link. On article-page all footnotes are correct.

    I’m using the plugin Post Teaser, and if I dont use the more-tag, it cuts the post automatically after a few 100 words and one paragraph. but the problem from above does not appear.

  2. Diana says:

    I’m getting some strange behavior with footnotes, but I’m not sure if this is because of the update. I didn’t notice before.

    When using [references class="compact" /], my footnotes are double-numbered, like so:

    1. [1] footnote

    When using [references /] there is no issue at all…

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  4. benny powers says:

    Howdy! Excellent plugin, I rely on it heavily to keep my workflow going between authors, and it’s so simple to use! I’ve noticed a few issues, though:

    On most of my pages, the footnotes start from higher numbers than 1, see

    These are child pages, could that have something to do with it?

    As well, I disabled the popup bubble, as it was appearing several lines down from the cursor.

    Finally, notice the little extra space in the note references between the number and the closing bracket. Can that be removed? for that matter, I’ve never seen footnote references in brackets, why not just axe them?


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