Originally Posted by eclecticguy
Apparently, the "start" attribute is deprecated but there is no suitable style defined to replace it.
So far as I can tell if the underlying HTML does not pass W3C validation it won't pass EPubcheck either. In fact I think EPubcheck is more demanding than browsers.
For what it is worth I had no problems with numbered footnotes within a chapter using <p></p> in 'Rosser, Ellen: The City of God, and Hamas' which I uploaded recently.