I have a request to use a special character or symbol for a foot note. Such as double 'S'. Latex \S to see what I mean. That is, instead of a number the symbol is used as a marker. I've tried \footnote[\S]{text of footnote}, but LaTeX 'wants' a number within the square brackets []. Other special symbols could include a dagger or double dagger (\dag or \ddag), asterisk or others.

Any ideas?

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    In what context do you need those special footnotes? Is that for all footnotes? What kind of document are you writing? – egreg Jul 3 '14 at 14:28
  • Have you taken a look at the footmisc package? It provides methods for (i) switching to symbolic footnote markers and (ii) selecting which symbols to use. – Mico Jul 3 '14 at 14:55
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    If you use \renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}} forces footnotes to use nine symbols included \S with \footnote[4]{...}. In this way each symbol has a number, namely: 1-*, 2-\dag, 3-\ddag, 4-\S, 5-\P, 6-$\Vert$, etc and you can use \footnote[<n>]{...} if you want to force a particular symbol, otherwise the footnotes will be numbered in that order. – skpblack Jul 3 '14 at 14:58
  • A research paper with only one footnote. skpblack's suggestion is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks 'black! – TommyK Jul 3 '14 at 15:51
  • @skpblack: It may be easier to just use \renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\S} so that \footnote{...} works as expected (depending on your usage, of course, since there is a counter increment involved with a call to \footenote). – Werner Jul 3 '14 at 16:42

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