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Notes, examples and footnotes
Notes, examples and footnotes integrated in the text
These are conditional informative elements which are only used for giving additional information intended to assist the understanding or use of a document. They shall not contain requirements or any information considered indispensable for the use of the document, including recommendations and instructions.
Notes and examples are integrated in the text of a document and should be placed after the paragraph to which they refer.
They are not numbered unless more than one appears in the same clause, subclause, figure or table.
Footnotes shall be kept to a minimum.
Notes and footnotes to figures and tables
Notes and footnotes to figures are numbered independently from those in the rest of the text.
Notes to figures and tables shall not contain requirements.
- In figures, they shall be located above the title of the relevant figure and precede figure footnotes.
- In tables, they shall be located within the frame of the relevant table and precede table footnotes.
When several notes occur in the same figure or table, they shall be designated "NOTE 1", "NOTE 2", etc.
Footnotes to figures and tables may contain requirements.
As a consequence, it is particularly important when drafting the text of a table or figure footnote to distinguish clearly between different types of provision by using the appropriate verbal forms.
- In figures, footnotes shall be located immediately above the title of the relevant figure.
- In tables, footnotes shall be located within the frame of the relevant table and appear at the bottom.
Notes to terminological entries
(The full requirements are described in the ISO/IEC Directives Part 2:2011, D.4.8.)
Notes to terminological entries follow different rules from notes integrated in the text. They are described under Terms and definitions.