# [texhax] Horizontal Footnotes in Critical Editions

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Sep 6 18:44:30 CEST 2005

chris yocum writes:

>      It seems that footmisc gets me ninety percent there.  The problem
> is that footmisc para option only works for the entire document.  I
> only want it to work for a section of the document.  I would love to
> be able to say \being{footpara}...\end{footpara}.  I am thinking of
> asking the author of the package if he/she can add that feature or if
> there is a hack I can use to do just a section of the document.

footmisc para option isn't the only one; there's also manyfoot, which
is designed to provide different streams of footnotes (i.e.,
independent sets of numbers).  iirc, each different stream has
formatting instructions to go with it.

it rather sounds as if you would do better with different streams of
footnotes (one for the micro-annotation of the texts, one for more
general footnotes, etc.).  but then, i don't do critical editions, so
i may be barking up the wrong tree altogether.

the problem with switching between para and normal footnotes is tex's
asynchronous output: one could only (safely) do it at a \clearpage (or
similar) command.  otherwise i'd offer to look at footmisc for you
(i've got one or two upgrades i want to put in there anyway...).

r