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I am using parallel package for two column parallel texts. By default the footnotes are all formatted in one column. Is there any way to generate two column footnotes under parallel environment? I am not asking to separate left and right column footnotes, just feel single column too space-wasting.

I've tried some packages like whatever in How to achieve a multi-column layout for footnotes?. But they don't seem to work with parallel. Here is my pseudo code (using dblfnote package)

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[Verbose]{parallel}
\usepackage{dblfnote}

\begin{document}
\begin{Parallel}{0.45\textwidth}{0.45\textwidth}

\ParallelLText{
    Aperture Science \footnote{where GLaDOS lives}
}

\ParallelRText{
    We do what we must, because we can
    \footnote{test subject}
    \footnote{test subject}
    \footnote{test subject}
    \footnote{test subject}
    ...
}

\end{Parallel}
\end{document}

Any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated.

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+1. When life gives you lemons... –  qubyte May 18 '12 at 15:32
    
...make combustible lemonade? –  pipsi May 19 '12 at 16:24
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

The ledmac and ledpar might be overkill for your needs, but you could do something like this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{ledmac, ledpar, lipsum}
\usepackage{showframe}
\foottwocolX{A}
\let\footnote\footnoteA
\parindent 0pt
\begin{document}
\lipsum[2]
\begin{pairs}

  \begin{Leftside}
    \beginnumbering\pstart
    % \firstlinenum{100}\linenumincrement{100}% <-- to 'hide' line numbers
    \lipsum[1] Aperture
    Science%
    \footnote{where GLaDOS lives} 
    \pend\endnumbering
  \end{Leftside}

  \begin{Rightside}
    \beginnumbering\pstart
    % \firstlinenum{100}\linenumincrement{100}% <-- to 'hide' line numbers
    \lipsum[2]
    We do what we must, because we can %
    \footnote{test subject} %
    \footnote{test subject} %
    \footnote{test subject} %
    \footnote{test subject} 
    \pend\endnumbering
  \end{Rightside}

\Columns
\end{pairs}

\lipsum[2]

\end{document}

Note also that you could create some commands to simplify the expectations ledmac and ledpar have regarding the starting and stopping of paragraphs and parallel columns.

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Thanks a lot, @jon. Your answer really helps. One more thing, is it possible to parallel edit without line counting? Line numbers can be hidden, but there's still an unpleasant indent that shifts the margin of text block. –  pipsi May 19 '12 at 17:23
    
Wpipsi -- can you explain what you mean more clearly. I changed the example to show where the text is flush to the textblock, and I don't see any difference between normal text and the text in between the \begin{pairs} ... \end{pairs}. –  jon May 19 '12 at 19:42
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