BTW, great job with the new look of the site!
> > However, as soon as there is more text between the author and the
> > footnote mark, with markup that's not a children of bibl; or as soon
> > as the footnote mentions an editor, this will fail because title and
> > author can be children of note but not editor.
> I'd apply two bibl elements and connect them using their IDs.
Just that I understand you right, you mean something like
... as much stuff as there can be ...
<title>Mating of grues</title>.
<link targets="bib-p23.1 bib-n98" />
If so, later extracting software must be aware of this.
The more I look at it, the more it satisfies me.