[Tex/LaTex] Alternative symbol sets for footnote marks


The footmisc package describes 3 additional systems in which one can apply numbering to footnotes in a paper:

bringhurst: ∗, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶.

chicago: ∗, †, ‡, §, ||, #.

wiley: ∗, ∗∗, †, ‡, §, ¶, ||.

This is in addition to these methods:

arabic numerals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

roman numerals: I, II, III, IV, V.

letters: a, b, c, d, e.

For my purposes, I think a system such as bringhurst, chicago, or wiley are suitable, because custom symbols are used:

  • Arabic numerals appear to frequently throughout my document already.
  • I can't find single-character unicode roman numerals exceeding 12. When rendered in XeTex, numbers above (such as "ⅫⅡ") appear with an added space.
  • The letters in the alphabet look too much like the text of the document.

However, I find that the bringhurst, chicago, or wiley systems has some problems:

  • They are limited to 6 or 7 symbols. I need at least 30, if not more.
  • They do not appear to follow a logical pattern explaining the order or shape.
  • They use symbols such as ¶, § and #, which I think usually carry very different meanings.

Are there any other sets of symbols within LaTeX's packages or from unicode which you think could make good footnote marks?

Best Answer

From the alphalph package documentation:

1.2.3 Multiple symbols

LATEX's standard set of footnote symbols contains doubled symbols at the higher positions. Could this principle be generalized? Yes, but first we need a clean footnote symbol list without doubled entries, example:

    \or *%
    \or \dagger
    \or \ddagger
    \or \mathsection
    \or \mathparagraph

The own definition of \fnsymbolsingle has the advantage that this list can easily modified. Otherwise you can use \@fnsymbol directly, because it uses the same first five symbols.


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