[texhax] Question about \skip\footins

Philip G. Ratcliffe philip.ratcliffe at uninsubria.it
Thu Sep 25 13:39:58 CEST 2008

> I'm using the book class with no size option (therefore, 10pt with  
> 12pt baseline skip) and a sty file where I have defined footnotes as  
> follow:
>      \renewcommand{\footnoterule}{\vspace*{-3pt}}%
> therefore, no rule between main text and footnotes; and
>      \setlength{\skip\footins}{1.0\baselineskip plus0.5\baselineskip  
> minus0.5\baselineskip}
> therefore I would expect \skip\footins = 12pt, plus 6pt minus 
> 6pt (the  
> baselineskip of main text is *indeed* 12pt); but if I put 
> anywhere in  
> my document
>      footins = \the\skip\footins
> I get
>      footins = 10.0pt plus 5.0pt minus 5.0pt

That's not what I get; I just did it get

      footins = 12.0pt plus 6.0pt minus 6.0pt

So, what you're really doing probably isn't quite as simple as your claim.

Cheers,  Phil

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