# [texhax] new AMSLaTeX + bug fix

Alexandru Scorpan ascorpan at math.ufl.edu
Sun Oct 17 11:29:37 CEST 2004

> did you get an acknowledgement from the ams support
> people?

I have no recollection, it's been a while.

> the release would have been under-way at the time your report came in,
> and to add frank's patch (or simply to remove the buggy code so as to
> use the working latex default) would have required restarting the
> regression testing.

No complaints.  I just felt chattery today.

> fortunate it's such a counter-intuitive bug, isn't it?

I am proud to report that I have seen a few papers on the arXiv which
suddenly had an oversized footnote mark.

I'd argue that it's not even that hard to run into it in real life:
Just draw a picture directly in LaTeX and label something there by
changing sizes, as in:

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}
\begin{document}

\setcounter{footnote}{49}
Bug\footnote{whatever}

\begin{figure}
\begin{picture}(100,100)
\put(50,50){\Tiny $\Theta$}
\end{picture}
\end{figure}

\setcounter{footnote}{49}
Bug\footnote{ooops}

\end{document}

I'd rather say:  Fortunate that it's usually not very visible. Or that
people don't draw many pictures in their papers...

-- Alex