Often, footnotes which appear in the bottom of the page in a physical book, appear without separation in raw OCR text on screen. This confuses the reader. Hence, it should be properly formatted.

Consider the footnote in the image below (right click and open it in a new window for clearer view):


Here is how it should be presented in the markdown file:

He was only represented at first by symbols. If modern chronology about Buddha's ministry is to be followed [^1697] (he was born about 563 B. C. and died about 483 B, C.), it is almost impossible to hold that images of gods originally came to be made in imitation of images or statues of Buddha, since, as we saw above, temples and images of gods had already become widespread throughout India in the 4th or 5th century B. C. [^1698]. 

[^1697]: See 'History of Buddhist thought' by Dr. E. J. Thomas (1933) for these dates.


    Vide Mr. O. C. Ganguly's paper 'the antiquity of the Buddha Image' in Ostasiatische Zeitschrift Noue Folge XIV, Heft 2/3, whore he adduces very weighty grounds for holding that the beginning of the cult of the worship of the imago of Buddha lies somewhere between 150 B. C. to 50 B. C.

The first view is supported with arguments of some weight by Dr. Farquhar in J. R. A. S. for 1928 pp. 15-23. ...


  • Footnote numbers have been formatted specially - [^1698] etc.
  • Footnote definitions can be of two styles. Indenting is important in the second style, which can accommodate multiple paragraphs. (MD Guide.)
  • We may choose to break paragraphs, but not sentences, so as to define footnotes near their place of use. It is ok to place footnotes at the nearest logical place - example at the end of the paragraph or list.