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I try to combine the two mentioned packages, as in the following example:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{paracol}
\usepackage{manyfoot}

\newfootnote{A}
\newfootnote{B}
\begin{document}

\footnotelayout{m}
\lipsum[1]

\FootnotetextA{}{\lipsum[2]}\FootnotetextB{}{\lipsum[3]} %comment this line and uncomment the following to see the desired results
%\footnotetext{\lipsum[2]}\footnotetext{\lipsum[3]}

\begin{paracol}{2}
\lipsum[4]
\end{paracol}
\lipsum[5]

\end{document}

as can be clearly seen, the results are not quite satisfactory... enter image description here

if you use the commented-out line instead of the commented-on line (as described in the comment), you get the way it should look like.

I need paracol, since my real work contains many many areas where 2-3 alternative texts reside by each other. I thought about ledmac/ledpar, but I also need the great twosided options of paracol - to switch between left-right columns according to page parity. also the alternatives do not necessarily share the same paragraph structure - they are not parallel versions but full alternatives (even written in different font size sometimes) that should not depend on each other's contents or organization, while ledpar doc seems to insist on paragraph parallelism.

I need manyfoot, simply because my real work will contain multiple types of footnotes: one level is used as yet another way to specify alternative texts, while the other(s) are real short notes. if any alternative exists that works better with paracol, it would be welcome.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Perhaps you should provide a screen shot of the output the current state of your code generates? – user31729 Apr 24 '14 at 6:22
  • Where is \footnotelayout defined? Your MWE does not compile unfortunately – user31729 Apr 24 '14 at 6:48
  • @christian: I use version 1.31 of paracol. there it's defined. – Avner Shapiro Apr 24 '14 at 7:52
  • Oh my, I have 1.22 installed :-) I will update immediately. – user31729 Apr 24 '14 at 8:18
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You can use the package parcolumns instead of paracol.

The corresponding parcolumns environment seems to be not affected by that strange behavior.

Note that the usage of parcolumns is very similar to paracol, so you shouldn't have any difficulty to switch to it.

Here is your MWE modified with parcolumns:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{parcolumns}
\usepackage{manyfoot}

\newfootnote{A}
\newfootnote{B}
\begin{document}

\lipsum[1]

\FootnotetextA{}{\lipsum[2]}\FootnotetextB{}{\lipsum[3]} %comment this line and uncomment the following to see the desired results
%\footnotetext{\lipsum[2]}\footnotetext{\lipsum[3]}

\begin{parcolumns}{2}
\colchunk[1]{\lipsum[4]}
\end{parcolumns}

\lipsum[5]

\end{document} 

Output:

enter image description here

  • thank you. but does parcolumns support something like the twosided option of paracol? as mentioned, I want the feature that the 1st column is always on the outer side and the last is always on the inner side. again I mean the newest version of paracol (1.31). – Avner Shapiro Apr 24 '14 at 7:56
  • @AvnerShapiro I'm not aware of this new feature in paracol, anyway I think the answer is no. – karlkoeller Apr 24 '14 at 8:10
  • indeed it seems to lack this option. also I place some non-trivial structs inside my columns (e.g. tables, text with different linestretch, etc) - parcolumns splits the boxes line by line, so these will not look as meant. all in all, I chose paracol because it's the most flexible solution I could determine, but it has the drawback of being too complex and has to handle footnotes on its own, and this is still somewhat problematic. – Avner Shapiro Apr 24 '14 at 10:41

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