Lukas Mathis has a neat script on his blog, ignore the code
, where the footnotes for his posts are displayed in little floating
s when you hover over the corresponding numbered superscripts. The first thing I thought when I saw this, was, this would be pretty useful for Wikipedia
, where there are usually tons of citations and references.
So I adapted
the bookmarklet for Wikipedia. Now you probably wouldn’t want to load
bookmarklet for every Wikipedia page, especially if you really do read
citations often. So I’ve also modified the script for use with
Greasemonkey.Once you've got the bookmarklet or Greasemonkey script up and running, this is what you should see:
How Do I Use It?
These scripts work for any Wikipedia article (the Greasemonkey script runs for URLs of the form
(and now for
The bookmarklet will NOT work in IE8 which handles events in a non-standard way
. So far I've only tested it with Firefox 3.6.3 and Chrome 4.1.
To use the Greasemonkey script with Firefox, you'll need to install the Greasemonkey extension
; Chrome 4 supports Greasemonkey scripts natively
. Once you've done that, download the script (
) from this page and add it as a new script in Greasemonkey. Unfortunately, it seems that Greasemonkey doesn't detect this as a Greasemonkey script and so, doesn't present the installation dialog. So you may want to try installing it from userscripts.org
Once the script is installed, you'll need to refresh any Wikipedia articles you may already have open, but other than that, it will load automatically and you should get the behaviour shown above.
The Greasemonkey script (
wikipediafootnotepopup.user.js) is attached to this page. Or you may get it from userscripts.org
- The bookmarklet (
wikipediafootnotepopup.bookmarklet.js) is also attached.