Sidenotes via JavaScript

June 9, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I like the ability to create sidenotes. What are sidenotes? You can go here to find some JavaScript code that implements them. Neat.

I’m not especially fond of the existing CSS. I think boxing text that can be word-wrapped is very ugly. I might take some of the ideas embedded in this and adapt it to something closer to what I imagine.

Addendum: What do people think about the ubiquity of JavaScript? Is it hopelessly wrong to require it to view your weblog? It’s not like I am going to any special effort to make my blog particularly nice to read with small screen devices like cell phones. Should I?


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Time 6/10/2006 at 3:32 am

of this paragraph. The idea is that I can keep following my original point here and point out something of relevance that goes off in a different direction over there. Yay! No more parentheses!The script comes from arc90 labs, viaBrainwagon.

Comment from Tempusmaster
Time 6/18/2006 at 5:41 pm

Very nice! I’ve been looking for something like that for a while since I love using sidenotes and abhor footnotes. It’ll be added to my website soon. Thanks.

You’re right about the CSS though… Definitely have to do something to pretty that up a bit.

As for JavaScript ubiquity, it’s a fact of life in the online world as we know it. The benefits far, far outweigh any downside or limitation.