[texhax] Question about \skip\footins

Donald Arseneau asnd at triumf.ca
Fri Sep 26 01:09:21 CEST 2008

"Axel E. Retif" <axel.retif at mac.com> writes:

>      \renewcommand{\footnoterule}{\vspace*{-3pt}}%

That is an error!  \footnoterule must consume zero vertical space.

>      \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
> Can someone explain to me why this is so?

No, we would have to know the details:  either \baselineskip is still
10pt when you set \skip\footins, or \skip\footins is later changed,
either by a setting you don't know about or because the first setting
was in a local group.

Donald Arseneau                          asnd at triumf.ca

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