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Posted by 452 on 2016-03-10 16:35:37

In October 2015, I began a trial of replacing the reference marker from [1] to *.

(All references in this post are fake)

The purpose[2] of the change[3] was to make the references[4] less obtrusive[5], as the default format[6] was sometimes jarring[7] when reading a paragraph[8] containing many of them.[8]

The trial* went so well* that no-one mentioned it* until yesterday*, when one person contacted me* to tell me they were hard to see.*

I have now enlarged them*, to make them slightly* easier to see*, while trying* to keep them as unobtrusive* as possible.*

  1. Which version do you prefer?
  2. Do you think the * version is too hard to see?
  3. Do you think the * version is too large?
  4. Would you prefer either the * or * be gray?
  5. Do you have any other suggestions?

Here are some examples from an article:

References default

Default style

References small

Small asterisk style

References large

Large asterisk style

452, 2016-03-10T16:35:37Z
(last edited: 452, 2016-04-28T02:06:39Z)

Gray is less noticeable IMO. The small * looks okay for me.
Kaminaze, 2016-04-28T02:00:09Z

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