[XeTeX] XeLatex + Unicode + Footnote issue

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Thu Mar 19 09:45:11 CET 2009


I haven't been following this thread closely, but if the task in hand is creation of a critical edition, the Edmac package may serve your needs.  It allows several layers of footnotes (up to five by default, I think, though more can be added), and each one can be formatted differently:  I have used run-on app. crit. style in conjunction with two-column editorial footnotes and full-width original footnotes, each with a different cueing system (* etc. for authorial notes, superior italic letters for app. crit. [but line-numbers can be used too if one doesn't want to clutter up the text with cues], normal superscript numbers for editorial notes).  Edmac's system of automatically extracting the lemma from the text and putting it in the app. crit. is a little tortuous, I find, so I have always provided the lemmata myself within the app. crit. note - but the package itself has proved robust, both in old EmTeX and now in XeTeX (I haven't used LaTeX varieties though have often been tempted!).

When I last looked at Bigfoot, it seemed to provide a great deal of extra functionality, but if you don't require all that, Edmac might work.  You do need to read the documentation with some care (though nowadays I tend to copy and adapt macros that I've used in earlier work, so I'm rather hazy myself about the finer points).


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sreenivasa Guttal 
  To: news3 at nililand.de ; Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms 
  Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 8:20 AM
  Subject: Re: [XeTeX] XeLatex + Unicode + Footnote issue

  Yes. For some Sanskrit fonts, I saw it partially working.

  I am a bit new to `tex world'. Is there a way out? This is a very important feature for critical editions.


  On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 9:03 PM, Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de> wrote:

    Am Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:04:02 -0400 schrieb Patrick Carr:

    >> I can reproduce the problem even with normal english text. It seems
    >> to be font related, some fonts gives footnotes as expected in
    >> para-mode and other not.
    > I thought it might be fonts with real superscript numerals versus
    > those without, but no. Using your example with a myriad of fonts, I
    > got newlines for each footnote regardless of the font I used. I.e., it
    > didn't work at all for me. At least it wasn't intermittent.
    > (This is XeTeXk, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.999.6 (Web2C 7.5.7))

    I too no longer get different behaviour if I use only manyfoot
    (that's quite confusing, I don't think that I changed something),
    but if I use bigfoot instead it reappears: Verdana gives newline,
    Cambria not.

    I too suspected the superscripts at first, but
    \makeatletter\let\@textsuperscript\relax gives normal numbers but
    doesn't change the behaviour.

    Ulrike Fischer

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