[OS X TeX] Multicolumn footnotes

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Wed Dec 16 17:31:05 EST 2015

> On Dec 16, 2015, at 12:37 PM, Stephen Anderson <sra at yale.edu> wrote:
> I’m preparing a bilingual edition of a text, and I want the two languages to appear in separate columns on the page. The multicols package manages this fine, but doesn’t do what I would like with footnotes: I want the footnotes in the French text (in the left column) to appear only in that column, and corresponding footnotes in the English text (right column) to appear only in that column. The numbering should also be independent, but since the number starts at 1 for each page, multiple invocations of \setcounter{footnote}{0} can take care of this.
> The multicols package wants to spread all footnotes across the whole page, and the only alternatives I can find are ones where all the footnotes for both columns appear in one sequence, divided between the multiple columns, or else all appear only under the last column.  How can I get footnoting for two columns to be independent?
> Steve Anderson

One way would be to prepare the English and French documents separately with page sizes set to the dimensions of the columns, and then knit those documents together using the pdfpages package or something similar.


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