Footnote Formatting online--Opinions Requested
Footnote references in the print version use the short form--(Benson 1989). The question is how to do them in the webbed version. Three alternatives have so far occurred to me:
1. Just like the print version. Short form footnote, full reference in the bibliography.
2. Long form, as in the bibliography. On the web, paper is free.
Bruce Benson, “The Spontaneous Evolution of Commercial Law,” Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, January 1989, pages 644-661.
3. Short form, linked to an anchor at the long form in the bibliography.
My one reservation with regard to the the third option is that a reader may see that there's a link, assume it goes to a webbed version of the article--in some cases I do have links to webbed materials--and be disappointed that it doesn't. One way I could deal with that, I suppose, is to make it a stealth link--shows up on the mouseover but isn't colored blue--and reserve ordinary links for links to webbed material.
Are there better solutions than any of these?