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Is it possible to dedicate to footnotes a same fixed (possibly empty) area, with same height, on each page? Of course, in case of too long footnote text, it should continue on the next page (area) as usual.

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Main problem is the "possibly empty" bit.

Try

\setlength{\dimen\footins}{2\in} % or whatever
\addtolength{\textheight}{-\dimen\footins}
\setlength{\skip\footins}{0pt}
\global\count\footins=0\relax

This is almost what you want, but the footnote rule will have to be changed to take up the space previously occupied by \skip\footins.

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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you expand this answer to show this working in an actual document. This often a useful supplement to code snippets. Dec 1, 2014 at 13:38
  • This leads to very weak pages. Dec 1, 2014 at 13:41
  • It would be helpful if you provided a complete MWE (minimum working example), starting with \documentclass and ending in \end{document} to demonstrate your proposed fix. Dec 1, 2014 at 17:43

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