I think it could be scripted. You should ask in the scripting forum if someone could help you to get a script which would convert footnotes to margin notes. Maybe that some script exists which would put footnotes into anchored frames. Those anchored frames could be moved to side notes via adjusting the object style. I think I have seen something like this.
Could someone move this question to the scripting forum?
I don't have any experience in scripting, but perhaps with their help I could figure it out.
Thanks for the advice!
Do you not think you should have a word with your tutor before embarking on this process – s/he may not approve of this type layout for footnotes.
Just a thought!
Appreciate the concern...as it is an architectural thesis, my professors and tutors have afforded me more freedom in the visual design of the document. I agree this format could be problematic in other dissertations though.
Oh well – fair enough!