A text (written by someone else) has numbered footnote insertion points:

Text text1) text text text2) text text text.3) Text ... 

The actual footnote-texts are in a second file:

1) text of note one
2) text of note two
3) text of note three

Manually putting each note where it belongs would be a nuisance; using endnotes instead of footnotes is unfortunately not an option. Using \footnotemark[num] and \footnotetext[num] gives me the right numbering but not the right distribution over the pages.

I was wondering whether I could define one numbered macro per note (e.g. \newcommand{\sepfootnote1}{\footnote{text of note one}} and calling each macro at the appropriate point in the text but as macro names may not contain numbers this wouldn't be possible with a simple RegEx.

Is there another way to make LaTeX do the tedious work?


1 Answer 1


If doing text substitutions is not a problem, you can prepend \printfootnote to all expressions such as 1) or 2) in the text and \definefootnote in the footnote file; append also \endfootnote at the end of each footnote text. Then

\def\printfootnote#1){\footnote{\csname extfootnote#1\endcsname}}
\def\definefootnote#1) #2\endfootnote{%
  \expandafter\def\csname extfootnote#1\endcsname{#2}}

(where footnotefile.tex is the file containing the footnote text) should do the trick, at least if the footnote file is not extremely big.

Here is main.tex:


\def\printfootnote#1){\footnote{\csname extfootnote#1\endcsname}}
\def\definefootnote#1) #2\endfootnote{%
  \expandafter\def\csname extfootnote#1\endcsname{#2}}

Text text\printfootnote1) text text text\printfootnote2) text text text.\printfootnote3) Text

And here is footnotefile.tex:

\definefootnote1) First footnote\endfootnote
\definefootnote2) Second footnote\endfootnote
\definefootnote3) Third footnote\endfootnote

Note: use \def and not \newcommand, as the trick involves delimited arguments.

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