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Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."



a supplementary printed text; an explanation, source reference, or editor’s comment located at the bottom of a page or column and separated from the main text by a straight line. Footnotes are printed in a smaller type size and are preceded by a sign (a number or asterisk) corresponding to the sign following the statement in the main text that is being elucidated. Footnotes are numbered continuously or by chapter or section.

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The reader should note that footnotes in this article conclude on an even number, which the Pythagoreans considered feminine.
Last-minute changes that can be handled in the print process and even for block-note XBRL tagging become more difficult and protracted with detailed footnotes and can impact a company's ability to file on its expected date.
Similarly, in a pension accounting context, Harper, Mister and Strawser (1987) found that both sophisticated (bankers) and unsophisticated (accounting students) users of financial statements were more likely to include a pension liability in the numerator of a debt to equity ratio when the pension liability was recognized in the balance sheet rather than disclosed in a footnote to the financial statements.
Stone replied to Hughes on the next day and said that he had revised the footnote "[i]n view of your letter.
This results from an increase of 112% in the pages devoted to footnote disclosures.
The changes necessitated adjustments to (or the addition of) a number of footnotes on the form.
Much of this navel-gazing takes place in footnotes - those rhetorical analogues of self-consciousness - and is only redeemed by Wallace's innate talent for humorous self-deprecation.
Some users therefore believed the uncertainties paragraph communicated information in addition to that disclosed in the footnotes.
A footnote to the case, however, offers a possible escape for leasehold improvements that qualify as personal (as opposed to structural) components.
One such a footnote might include wording that the corporation has not conducted the survey and when funds are needed for repairs, the corporation can obtain the money or delay repairs.