# Three column layout with three column footnotes

I was able to find how to do three column layout of main text, for example using.

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[paperwidth=12.9in, paperheight=9.9in]{geometry}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{3}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\end{multicols}
\end{document}


Following the advice in Is a three-column footnote layout possible? I can also make 3 column footnotes.

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[paperwidth=12.9in, paperheight=9.9in]{geometry}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{ledmac}
\footthreecolX{A}
\let\footnote\footnoteA
\begin{document}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\end{document}


But combining those never worked for me. How should I do it? In this example, it seems to try to fit the footnotes into the first third of each coumn. Result=crap.

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[paperwidth=12.9in, paperheight=9.9in]{geometry}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{ledmac}
\usepackage{multicol}
\footthreecolX{A}
\let\footnote\footnoteA
\begin{document}
\begin{multicols}{3}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\end{multicols}
\end{document}


In the end, I'd like to be able to typeset a text like this:

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you combine the linked post into a compilable minimal working example (MWE)? It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. Jun 16, 2014 at 20:57
• I added compilable examples. Jun 17, 2014 at 9:05

YOu can now use reledmac which lets you set the column width for footnotes in columns. In ledmac the width in the threecolumn footnotes is fixed to .3\hsize and your case leads to really small footnote columns.

With reledmac you can set it back to \linewidth:

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[paperwidth=12.9in, paperheight=9.9in]{geometry}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{reledmac}

\arrangementX[A]{threecol}
\hsizethreecolX[A]{\linewidth}
\let\footnote\footnoteA

\begin{document}

\begin{multicols}{3}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\blindtext
\footnote{\blindtext}
\end{multicols}

\end{document}


If the result fits your needs I can't say…

• Wow...Nice suggestion.... Oct 14, 2021 at 6:46