# [OS X TeX] footnoting in a tabular

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Sun Jul 11 07:01:47 CEST 2004

I asked because:

The Companion2ed is not quite light reading, at least for the beginner
I am, and it is easy to miss something.
The Guide p95 mentions that "The footnote command may only be given
within the normal paragraph mode, and not within math or LR modes."

Neither or them came outright saying, as the FAQ (which I have now
bookmarked) does,
The standard LaTeX \footnote command doesn't work in tables; the table
traps the footnotes and they can't escape to the bottom of the page.
and the minipage solution seemed a bit of an overkill …

To appear less grumpy myself, let me say that I deeply appreciate the
help that you have provided to me. (However, I regret having to say
that you vastly overestimated my current programming abilities and
that, after spending an hour or so fiddling with SubEthaEdit, etc and
reg. exp., I decided that, for the time being, it was more "time
efficient" for me to do the Hamiltons by hand, which I did dreaming I
could do reg. exp. … Knowing it was not a trivial issue helped me
endure.)

I will study your example tomorrow.

Grateful regards
--schremmer

On Jul 10, 2004, at 4:00 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 10 jul 2004, at 19:22, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>
> [snip, on footnotes in a tabular]
>
>> I see that "you can use footnote commands inside the longtable
>> environment." (Companion2ed 263).
>
> That is one option, but remember that the table no longer floats in
> that case. This is sometimes a feature you want, sometimes not.
>
>> Do I really have to put my tabular in a minipage and use
>> footenotemark (Companion2ed 110)?
>
> Yes, that is not too hard, I think. Why ask if you already know the
> You should of course have looked on the FAQ:
>     http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=footintab
>
>> What am I missing here?
>
> Nothing, at least after you read the FAQ.
>
> Maarten
>
> To appear less grumpy, and maybe even helpful, here is an example:
>
> \begin{table}
> \caption{Table with footnotes}
> \label{tbl:withfootnotes}
> \begin{minipage}{\textwidth}
> \renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\thempfootnote}
> 	\renewcommand{\footnoterule}{} % remove separator between table and
> footnote, optional
> \begin{tabular*}{\textwidth}{@{\extracolsep{\fill}}lll}
> blah & blah\footnote{but not the same blah} & And some more blah
> \end{tabular*}
> \end{minipage}
> \end{table}
>
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