[texhax] Changing \skip\footins locally

Pierre MacKay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Wed Feb 11 16:57:28 CET 2009

At 12:12 11.02.09, Yannis Haralambous wrote:

>>I would like to fit an extra line of text in a specific page with 
>>footnotes. When I attempt to change \skip\footins on that page only, it 
>>has no effect whatsoever. I realized that only when I change \skip\footins 
>>in the LaTeX preamble it has some effect on the typeset result.
>>How can I change locally (for one page only) the blank space between text 
>>and footnote so that I can fit an additional line of text on that page, 
>>without changing footnote behaviour for the rest of the document?
If you don't mind an unbalanced spread, try going right into the primitives

\dimen0=\pagegoal\advance\dimen0 by 

Sometimes the extra line comes in without pushing the footnote down 
noticeably.  The page breaker can occasionally be triggered by half a 
point or less,  and most people won't see that.  You can substitute 
smaller and smaller dimensions for 
\value_of_baselineskip-expressed_as_a_dimension to see just how much is 
needed.  It can be a real surprise. 

Pierre MacKay

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