[texhax] notes at end of book

John P. Burkett burkett at uriacc.uri.edu
Fri Feb 11 17:39:16 CET 2005

After implementing your suggestions about \urldef and
I found that the pagenote package worked perfectly. Thank you very
much!  Without your help I would still be clueless.

On Thu, 2005-02-10 at 16:03, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> > As Robin Fairbairns kindly suggested, the pagenote package does a good
> > job of printing notes at the end of a book, neatly arranged by
> > chapters.  To convert existing \footnote{} commands to \pagenote{}
> > commands, one can insert into the preamble the line 
> > \renewcommand{\footnote}[2][1]{\pagenote{#2}}
> do you actually use the optional argument of \footnote, anywhere?
> i would be inclined to
>   \renewcommand\footnote[1]{\pagenote{#1}}
> > This works well in simple cases. My book has some complications on which
> > pagenote stumbles, such as how to handle \url{} or \index{} in a note. 
> you can generate robust url commands by \urldef.  the comments in the
> package suggests
> %    \urldef{\myself}{\email}{myself%node.domain at gateway.net}
> as an example.  i do that myself in similar situations where i want a
> url in a moving argument.
> deal with the index issue by amending the definition:
>   \renewcommand\footnote[1]{{\let\index\relax\pagenote{#1}}}
> though index entries pointing to endnotes seem distinctly odd, to me.
> > Perhaps its best just to leave notes at the bottom of pages where
> > readers and LaTeX both expect them.
> depends on the readers; latex expects what it's programmed to expect
> -- it's always dangerous to personify a program, i find.
> a book series i'm helping with has notes at the end of each subsection
> (approx -- they're not called subsections).  a book on international
> law i typeset a few years back had them at the end of each chapter.
> in both cases, the usage seems natural enough to me.
John P. Burkett
Department of Economics
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881-0808

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