My text contains some footnotes, and I want the footnote symbols in the text to be the English letters and the corresponding counterparts in the page footer to be Hindi numbers from 1 to 26, how may I achieve this behaviour in LaTeX? or more generally, for the footnote, how may I map some symbols in the text to some other symbols in the footer?

This is just an example of what I want: enter image description here

In fact I want to map a custom set of symbols (not necessarily the English alphabet, it's just an example) to another set of symbols (like numbers from 1 to 26, for example!)

  • I believer \renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\alph{footnote}} will do the trick, but need an MWE to test it. – John Kormylo Jan 11 '16 at 20:02

The main thing here seems to be the requirement to have multiple representations of the same footnote: \arabic in the text (say, the default), and \alph in the actual footnote (say).

You can change the default by adding


to the preamble (where you define \whatever).

Here's an implementation that uses the numbering mentioned in the first paragraph:

enter image description here


\usepackage[paperheight=20\baselineskip]{geometry}% Just for this example


\patchcmd{\footnote}% <cmd>
  {\@footnotemark}% <search>
   \@footnotemark}% <replace>
  {}{}% <success><failure>


One\footnote{First}. Two\footnote{Second}. Three\footnote{Third}. Four\footnote{Fourth}.
Five\footnote{Fifth}. Six\footnote{Sixth}. Seven\footnote{Seventh}. Eight\footnote{Eighth}.
Nine\footnote{Ninth}. Ten\footnote{Tenth}. Eleven\footnote{Eleventh}. Twelve\footnote{Twelfth}.
Thirteen\footnote{Thirteenth}. Fourteen\footnote{Fourteenth}. Fifteen\footnote{Fifteenth}. Sixteen\footnote{Sixteenth}.
Seventeen\footnote{Seventeenth}. Eighteen\footnote{Eighteenth}. Nineteen\footnote{Nineteenth}. Twenty\footnote{Twentieth}.
Twenty-one\footnote{Twenty-first}. Twenty-two\footnote{Twenty-second}. Twenty-three\footnote{Twenty-third}. Twenty-four\footnote{Twenty-fourth}.
Twenty-five\footnote{Twenty-fifth}. Twenty-six\footnote{Twenty-sixth}.


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