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Jon Shearer | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 22 2020 7:40 AM

I am overwhelmed by the number of footnotes in Grudem's systematic theology.

Those notes are as valuable as the text.

Is there a way to highlight or search for the footnote indicators?

I prefer being able to turn on a filter to turn "on" an indicator.

Jon

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 22 2020 8:07 AM

Jon Shearer:
Is there a way to highlight or search for the footnote indicators?

Not as far as I am aware - sorry.

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Jon Shearer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 28 2020 3:42 PM

FYI everyone;

Here's how you do it:

-Go to the Docs menu | New | Visual Filter
-Name the filter
-Select Basic as the type
-Set the resource list to Grudem or whatever book you want
-Use this as the search query:  footnote:(the,a,an,of)  -this is a search query looking for the word "the" OR "a" OR "an" OR "of" in the footnote text. Theoretically it will miss a footnote if any of the words is not present. You of course can add more words to the query.
-Select a formatting style like Color Box

So far it seems to be working OK.

Thanks to Hunter Wilson from MPSeminars.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 28 2020 5:57 PM

Jon Shearer:
-Use this as the search query:  footnote:(the,a,an,of)

Visual Filter is saved search(es) with highlighting style assigned for each search.

One way to expand footnote search query is

  • Open resource
  • Change resource to show column(s) with footnotes on page
  • Basic Search.of resource for footnote text
  • Navigate Search Results

For example, after looking at a dozen footnotes in Enns' Theology, have expanded footnote search query to:

footnote:(the,a,an,of,more,new,old,ibid,theology)

When footnote search has desired results, can save as a visual filter (optional is splitting footnote terms into separate searches with different highlighting)

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