If it were me, I would be strongly tempted to hire Peter Kahrel to write a script for me.
He has written several other scripts for InDesign footnotes and endnotes.
Thanks for your answer Obi-wan - the thing is, I want selected footnotes not only to have different style, but also to be numbered independently.
Waldek, not really sure it's a good idea! …
Question: how are numbered the footnotes? per page, per spread, per chapter, on all the doc?
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Imho, the cooler way is to make invisible the basic footnotes (call and references) numbering replacing the note calls by an anchored text block with auto-numbering [2 object styles = 2 para styles + 2 numbering lists] and the note references by cross-references on these 2 para styles.
If you need a numbering on doc, easier, but if, e.g. per page, just restart the 2 numberings per page for each page!
As only 250 footnotes, make this manually! No really need a script!! It's very quick! (~1 hour to do it!)
Of course, when it will be done, it'll be done!
On all the doc:
Of course, if, first, you manually mark the second group of notes applying a char style ["green"] to the note calls, you can use 2 Grep find-replace to insert the small anchored text blocks! 2 clicks! 5 seconds!
Answering your first question: as I mentioned in my first post, numbering of author's notes restarts every spread, while numbering of editor's notes is the same across whole story.
I don't want to differentiate them just with a number color, that would indeed be a bad idea The editor's notes are numbered with arabic numbers, and the authors notes are numbered with one, two or three asterisks/dots. That solution is based on the first editon of that book from 1950's - it's very bold, but adequate for that particular text.
By the way: with standard footnotes feature you can number footnotes with asterisks, but afaik you can't do the same with numbered list - another InDesign "feature". My workaround is to use custom font containing asterisk instead of arabic numbers.
That's how different footnotes look like (left: author, right: editor):
And here you can see three consecutive author's footnotes (which is maximum for one spread):
Coming back to your suggestion:
If I understand corectly, you suggest to use my solution C (anchored text frames in a main text, cross-references in a footnote text), inserting anchored objects with grep (that's how I done it) and creating cross-references manually (instead of looking for a script). Am I right?
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About •, it's not a problem: imagine we have – Authors list:
page 1: 2 notes • and ••
page 2: 1 note •
page 3: 3 notes •, •• and •••
we can play it with normal auto-numbering: 1, 2 , 3 … per spread, then convert auto-numbering in text and finally, Grep:
Find: ^1 Replace by: •
Find: ^2 Replace by: ••
Find: ^3 Replace by: •••
Done in some seconds!
Thanks for all the suggestions