Index of /macros/latex/contrib/bigfoot
This is the bigfoot bundle for critical edition typesetting and other
concerns, written by David Kastrup (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). The complete
package in development can be accessed using the CVS instructions at
CTAN:/macros/latex/contrib/bigfoot provides released versions.
The whole bundle is released under the GPL version 2 (or later), see
the file COPYING for details. Part of the work has been sponsored or
commissioned by various parties (including TUG), but further
functionality and development depends on your support, financially or
by participation. The author has a Paypal account which you might
consider contributing to.
All of the files (except perpage.sty, for historical reasons) need
eTeX 2 as the LaTeX engine. All modern distributions provide this by
A Makefile is provided for generating most files. In case the
platform does not support Make, the distribution tarball includes the
file bigfoot.ins pregenerated from bigfoot.dtx.
File descriptions for available files:
bigfoot.ins: This is a generated file and not in the Git repository (but
on CTAN). Generating it can be done by running `tex docstrip' and
answering the prompts
If you instead use
you will get a version of `bigfoot.ins' which will not ask before
overwriting files, but will only place them in the current
directory even if your docstrip configuration contains target
Running TeX on bigfoot.ins will generate a number of style files
(with the extension .sty) and a number of documentation driver
files (with the extension .drv).
Here come the source files themselves:
suffix.dtx: This is the doc source for `suffix.sty', a package that
makes it very easy to define command variants like \macro* or
\macro\!. It is included in the critical bundle since typical
document classes for real critical editions documents will tend to
want weird signs under handy abbreviations, like \< and \<<, or
\=>, or things like \footnote' macros, or \footnote<...\footnote>
with different formatting/numbering and so on.
perpage.dtx: This is the doc source for `perpage.sty'. Used for
keeping counters sorted in order of page appearance and making
numbering per page possible.
bigfoot.dtx: This is the doc source for `bigfoot.sty'. Used for
solving every problem around footnotes and then some. Deals with
nested footnotes in several apparatus, uses a backtracking
algorithm for finding the optimal break across several footnotes,
automatically breaks in-paragraph style footnotes across pages,
uses fuzzy logic for deciding about when to prefer in-paragraph
layout to one-footnote-per-paragraph layout on a per-note and
per-block basis, deals with colors in footnotes even when broken
across pages, adapts the document class's footnote style to
in-paragraph footnotes as good as it can, allows customization of
styles differing across footnote blocks, allows verbatim text in
footnotes and so on.