# [texhax] Footnotes in separate file

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Sun Apr 4 14:30:48 CEST 2010

I don't know of any package, but I would recommend
that you avoid hard-coding numbers if possible, so
as to permit easy revision of the text.  Perhaps
something more like

This is some text.\fn {} This is some more text.\fn {}

in the main file and

\newfootnote {text for first footnote}
\newfootnote {text for second footnote}

in your footnotes file.  It would not be difficult to
write code to support this.

Philip Taylor
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Nicholas Cole wrote:
> Dear List,
>
> I'm trying to streamline my workflow a little.  Since I work in the
> humanities, many of my footnotes, which are frequent, are fairly
> extensive.  This tends to disrupt the flow of the document on the
> screen and makes editing the text itself harder.  One solution I'm
> considering is putting all of the footnotes in a separate file (or
> perhaps at the end of the main file).  What envisage is having
> something like:
>
> This is some text.\fn{5}
>
> in one file, and then having
>
> \deffn{5}{This is the footnote text}
>
> in another file.
>
> Is there already a package to do something similar? What would be the
> most robust way to go about something like this?
>