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Notes in Mellel

A new and wonderful video is here — and it’s all about notes in Mellel. You can view it using the link below:

Following is a transcript of the video:

Hello and welcome to this quick tutorial about Mellel. Today we’re going to get into notes: Footnotes, and Endnotes — one of the most impressive features in Mellel, and in the cosmos at large. 

What are Notes?

Notes are separate pieces of text, attached to the main text, providing notes, comments, explanations, citations, and anything else that is interesting, enlightening or relevant, but diverges from the main thread of discussion in the text.

A Note has three main parts: The Reference Symbol, which is a number, symbol or a letter that appears in the main text following the word or sentence they refer to; The Note Symbol, which is the symbol proceeding the text of the note; And the Note text itself. 

As we shall see, Mellel provides you with a simple and consistent way to control any parts of the note in minute detail. 

Mellel currently supports three “types” of notes: one is notes at the bottom of the page, where the note text appears aligned to the bottom of the page in which the reference symbol appears. Another type of notes appear at the bottom of the text. The note will be located on the page where the reference symbol appears, but at the end of the text on that page. The third type of notes, endnotes, will appear in a special section at the end of the document. 

A Mellel document may contain an unlimited number of note streams. Any note belongs to a certain stream, and this stream dictates the numbering of reference symbols and note symbols, and the note’s location. Later on, we’ll get back to note streams. 

Using Notes

To inset a footnote, choose Insert->Note->Footnote. Mellel will create a new, empty note, and place the insertion point within it. You can type and edit the note text just as you would edit any other text.

When we choose Select All, the entire note text is selected. You can also insert images, tables, text boxes and more into notes. The only part of the note you cannot edit directly within the note text is the note symbol. This is automatically done by Mellel to keep things in order. We’ll see later on how to control the symbol’s attributes. 

To go back from the note to the place where the reference to the note was inserted press the Escape key. 

To insert an endnote choose Insert->Note->Endnote. Mellel will jump to the end of the document and create a new endnote. After typing the note, you can go back to the reference to the note by pressing the Escape key. 

Of course, locating an endnote in a galaxy far-far-away on page 534 may prove a daunting task. But you can do that very simply by double clicking the reference symbol and jump right to the endnote, and then press the Escape key or double click the note symbol to go back to the reference. 

To delete a note, simply delete the reference. Mellel will take care to renumber the notes that follow the deleted note. To move a reference to a note, select it and the choose Edit>Cut, position the insertion point where you want it to be, and choose Edit>Paste. Use Copy to copy the note and duplicate it. You can also drag the reference, like you would with any other piece of text. Mellel will make sure the notes are numbered correctly in all those scenarios. 

Note Configuration

Mellel allows you to control the way notes look and they way they are laid out. All the important attributes are accessible via the Edit Note Attribute sheet. The notes in this document use Arabic Numberals. Let’s changes this to Roman Numerals. Choose Insert->Note->Edit note attributes to open the Attributes sheet. 

At the right hand side of the sheet you can see the section that controls how the reference symbol is numbered. Let’s choose Roman from the Type pop-up menu. That took care of the Reference symbol. Now, let’s choose Roman with the Type pop-up menu under Note Symbol. Press OK and there are our notes: all numbered just the way Julius Caesar would have liked it. Period. 

Which is a problem. As you can see, the note number is followed by a period. That was fine when we were using Arabic numerals. Now, not so much. So, let’s go to our Attributes sheet and re-examine the attributes under Note Symbol. 

As mentioned earlier, Note Symbol is the Note mark or numbering that appears next to the note. And this is what we wish to change. As you can see under the Format pop-up menu, it shows number plus a period and a Tab. Let’s change this to None + Tab. Press OK and there you have it, just the way Julia Agrippina likes it. No period. 

Now, the note text itself looks a bit smallish. Let’s make it bigger. Under Edit Note Attributes we’ll find the text attributes of the note text under Note Text Style. Let’s press the Character attributes button to display the Character attributes pop-over, and choose a larger font size. As you can see, we can control just about any other character attribute, from font to colour to face. Let’s click outside the Character Attributes pop-over to hide it and Press OK. 

Now, the Character attributes were changed in all the notes. 

Well, the font is bigger now, but the line spacing got a bit tight. Let’s change the line spacing. In the Edit Note Attributes we can find under Note Text Style the Paragraph attribute pop-over. Let’s use it to change the line spacing from one line to 1.5 lines. Let’s click outside the Paragraph Attributes pop-over to hide it and Press OK. 

Now we’re rolling. 

In Addition to the numbering type, we can also set how notes will be numbered, and more importantly — when to reset the numbering of notes. Notes in this document are numbered so that the numbering will be reset with every page. Let’s change it so that they will restart with every chapter. Open the Edit Note Attributes. The Numbering pop-up menu now shows Restart Every Page. Let’s change this to Restart Every Page Range. Press OK and voila, the numbers keeps going up and get reset when a new chapter begins. 

Note Streams

We’ve promised to get back to note streams. And here we are. But, before we learn how to use them, let’s start by learning what is a “note stream” anyhow. A note stream is an object that contains several settings regarding notes, such as the numbering type, numbering format, note text character, and so on. Earlier, when we’ve changed the numbering type from Arabic numerals to Roman Numerals, and made other changes — the changes were applied to a certain note stream. As every note in our document belonged to one note stream, all the notes in that stream changed following the changes we’ve performed. 

Now, let’s open the Edit Note Attributes sheet again. At the top-left end of the sheet we can see a list. This is the list of the note streams defined for this document. The setting at the right end of the sheet will change based on the note stream selected. When we select a different stream, the settings that relate to it will be displayed. Now we have the stream called “Footnotes” Selected and we can see that the notes here use Roman Numerals as the numbering scheme. Let’s select the Endnote stream. As you can see, the notes in this stream use Arabic numerals. One of the attributes each stream has is Position. If we check the Endnote stream we can see that the position here is set to End of Document. With the Footnotes stream, the position is Bottom of Page. 

It may look obvious, but the point here is that we can changed the position of the notes — every note stream, regardless of its name, can be a stream of footnotes or endnotes. All streams are created equal. 

Let’s look at the Note sub-menu under the Insert menu. Every Item here is a Stream’s name. Choosing this item will insert a new note belonging to this stream. 

Often, one stream of footnotes and one stream of endnotes is all you need, but sometimes you need to have two types of footnotes. For example, when the text have notes by the original author, and additional notes by the editor or the translator (as is often the case with translated text).

To accommodate this, let’s add a translator note stream. In The Edit Notes Attributes sheet let’s press the Plus button to add a note stream. Let’s call it “Translator’s Notes”. The position is set to  Bottom of Page, which is fine by us, and the numbering is reset with every page, so this also needs no modification. The numbering scheme, though, is set to Arabic, but we would rather have Asterisk. So, Let’s change the Type under Reference Symbol and under Note Symbol too. We’ll also set the format here to None + Tab. Now we can press OK. 

We can insert a new note with the new stream by choosing Insert->Note->Translator Note. 

When we insert a note, we choose the stream under which it will be inserted. We are perfect, so this is always good, but sometimes we’re not perfect and we need to move a certain note from one stream to another. In order to do that, we can Right-click the Reference Symbol and open the Sub-menu Note streams. The stream to which this note belongs is marked with a checkmark. We can now choose a different stream, and the note will be moved to that stream, get its attributes, and be numbered according to its location in the document. You can also move a note by Right-clicking within the note text. the Note Stream sub-menu will allow us to see the current stream, and move the note to a different stream. 

That’s it for this quick tutorial, thanks for watching. Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to like the video, and subscribe to our channel.

We’ll see you next time.


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