Originally Posted by cybmole
try tapping a numeric superscript link on a Sony reader - without reaching for the stylus thingie - & you'll soon see why!
Which is why I never do anything silly like limiting the clickable/tappable area of the hyperlink to a single, tiny superscripted digit. I use brackets around the number and the brackets are part of the link. You can also include the previous word in the link (or the spaces preceding and following) if you don't like brackets. There are many solutions for making the link area more "fingertip-friendly" without having to resort to making the font-size of the footnote-number any larger (let alone trying to force the reader to experience the ancillary data at the precise moment you
perceive the optimum time/place to experience it to be).
I think the real reason is that some authors/creators just have a need to try and micromanage every potential reader's experience of their "baby." They just can't stand the thought of someone skipping over portions of their hard work.