Auto-numbered notes usage

When referencing or citing sources in body text you can employ footnotes. But these are explicitly numbered and if you therefore alter the order of the references (by inserting one or deleting/moving others) you must manually renumber all the footnotes in the article.

Using notes you can label references in your body text, set up a definition for each of those labels, and then display the list of references at a suitable place in your body text. Crucially, the numbers will be automatically assigned when you save the article and recalculated if necessary as you alter the document.


  1. References from the main body may be hyperlinked to the references section or not — either globally or on a note-by-note basis
  2. Notes listed in the references section can optionally backlink to the place(s) they were used. Again, you can globally control whether backrefs are employed and, if so, whether the backref is just the first occurrence of the reference or all cited references. You may also override the backrefs on a note-by-note basis

Example notes

Tim Berners-Lee is one of the pioneer voices
in favour of Net Neutrality[#netneutral] and
has expressed the view that ISPs should
supply "connectivity with no strings
attached"[#netneutral!] [#tbl_quote]

Berners-Lee admitted that the forward slashes
("//") in a web address were actually unnecessary.
He told the newspaper that he could easily have
designed URLs not to have the forward slashes.
"... it seemed like a good idea at the time,"[#slashes]

note#netneutral. "Web creator rejects net tracking": BBC. 15 September 2008

note#tbl_quote. "Web inventor's warning on spy software": The Daily Telegraph (London). 25 May 2008

note#slashes. "Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes": BBC. 14 October 2009


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