# [texhax] Trivial in Plain TeX---what about LaTeX?

Michael Doob mdoob at cc.UManitoba.CA
Wed May 14 12:22:13 CEST 2003

Here's the problem: you have a one-page document with short bit of text
and a footnote. You don't want to have a big gap between the text and
the footnote, so you want to shorten the page so that the footnote
follows the text directly. Here is a trivial solution using Plain Tex:

\font\sf=cmss8

The City of Winnipeg\footnote{$^1$}{This information can be found at
{\sf http://www.winnipeg.ca}} is located at the junction of the Red and
Assiniboine Rivers, almost at the geographic centre of North America.
Winnipeg is situated in Latitude 49 degrees 54 minutes North, Longitude
97 degrees 8 minutes West, 64 km south of Lake Winnipeg and 97 km north
of the boundary line between Canada and the United States of America,
almost midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and at an
altitude of 232 m above the seaboard level of New York.

\bigskip
\vsize=\pagetotal
\bye

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}

The City of Winnipeg\footnote{This information can be found at
\textsf{http://www.winnipeg.ca}} is located at the junction of the Red
and Assiniboine Rivers, almost at the geographic centre of North
America. Winnipeg is situated in Latitude 49 degrees 54 minutes North,
Longitude 97 degrees 8 minutes West, 64 km south of Lake Winnipeg and
97 km north of the boundary line between Canada and the United States
of America, almost midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and
at an altitude of 232 m above the seaboard level of New York.

\end{document}

I do have a solution that is just too ugly to show. In addition,
there is probably some solution to be had that, by its elegance,
will embarrass me by my display of ignorance.

Any good ideas?

Cheers,
Michael

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