Inline note =-…-=

Inline notes can be used for short, but legally required information such as an attribution, the name of a license or whether a tax is included in a price.

Such content is often called small print or fine print, because it is usually printed smaller than the surrounding text. The smaller appearance does not decrease the importance of inline notes though. It only decreases its prominence.

The related notes markup can be used for longer fine print that is better not included within blocks of normal text.

How to

Mark the start of an inline note with a left fork =- and its end with a right fork -= like in the examples below. A fork always consists of an equal sign and a hyphen. Together they resemble a two-pronged fork such as a tuning fork. The left fork has the equal sign first; the right fork has the hyphen first.

An inline note is phrase markup, so the forks which mark its start and end must be within the same block.


The answer is € 42 =-VAT not included-=.

The answer is € 42 VAT not included.

A fork
=-Photo by Thirdman-=
A fork
Photo by Thirdman

For developers

When Aneamal is translated to HTML, an inline note is turned into an HTML small element. The above examples become

The answer is € 42 <small>VAT not included</small>.
<img src='/stuff/tuning-fork.jpg' width='1440' height='960'>
<figcaption>A fork<br><small>Photo by Thirdman</small></figcaption>

Browsers usually render the small element smaller than the surrounding text, but you can change its appearance with CSS. The following CSS rules make the size regular, but the text appear fainter.

small {
	font-size: inherit;
	opacity: 0.5;