So you used an asterisks... now what?

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Daniel McGlaughlin's picture
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So you used an asterisks... now what?
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Would love to pick your amazing brains regarding what character to use after an asterisk. I've seen one (*), then two (**) and three (***). Is that acceptable? Is there another character one can use without looking outright jarring?

The context is that a subhead uses an asterisk, and then a product description uses one to reference the fine print.

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You could use superiors, since they are the logical use for footnotes. Asterisk is more commonly used in prose, where footnotes are not that frequent.

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Superscript numbers work well. Daggers can work too. Multiple Asterisks can look clunky and are difficult to hang in footnotes and disclaimers.

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For me multiple footnotes has always meant superscript numbers, doubly so if it is a formal or scientific document.

Craig Eliason's picture
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See Nick Shinn's 22.Jan.2007 1.56pm post at [[http://typophile.com/node/30176]]

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The traditional way to deal with this is to use asterisk, then dagger, then double dagger. Then, according to Chicago Manual of Style, use two asterisks, two daggers, etc.

Traditionally, dagger and double dagger were used pretty often. You can also use section marks if need be. But now that numbered end notes are more common, the asterisk etc. are most often used for footnotes when you have both a footnote and numbered end note. And then usually there aren't so many footnotes. After all, the object of the author and designer should be something that you can actually read, not a puzzle.

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Daniel McGlaughlin's picture
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Thank you so much. Every little bit helps noodle my work to professional polish. You guys are all great!