The motivation is presumably that footnotes are formatted immediately and inside a parbox \hsize does not equal \textwidth (although, unlike a minipage, \textwidth doesn't change). The mechanism is presumably simply using local rather than global definitions. Looking through source2e I couldn't find the source for \@makefntext. I was hoping to be able to fix the problem directly.

Anyway, here is a sort of MWE:



\newcommand{\savefootnote}[2][\empty]% #1=number (optional), #2=text
 \global\advance\savefnused by 1
 \expandafter\xdef\csname savefnmark\the\savefnused\endcsname{\thefootnote}%
 \expandafter\xdef\csname savefntext\the\savefnused\endcsname{#2}%
  \global\advance\savefndone by 1
  \footnotetext[\csname savefnmark\the\savefndone\endcsname]%
    {\csname savefntext\the\savefndone\endcsname}%
  \global\expandafter\let\csname savefnmark\the\savefndone\endcsname\relax
  \global\expandafter\let\csname savefntext\the\savefndone\endcsname\relax



check counter\footnote{after}

  • You'll fine \@makefntext in the respective class files. See article.cls, book.cls and report.cls, for example. – Werner Jun 12 '16 at 14:20
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    To me the answer here is that minipage was designed to handle \footnotes and it makes specific preparation during \begin{minipage} and releasing any footnotes as part of an "insert" during \end{minipage}. \parbox doesn't do this. – Werner Jun 12 '16 at 14:26
  • I know that someone with a lot more knowledge than myself will step in here to fully explain this. From what I can tell \parbox has a rather complex underlying macro \@iiiparbox, which as part of its definition puts the textual materials in a \vtop box. Since footnotes cannot be read from a \vtop box they cannot be used within \parbox. So I would think the problem is in using \parbox. – A Feldman Jun 12 '16 at 14:58
  • @AFeldman - I don't think that's it. I often use \setbox inside a \parbox. – John Kormylo Jun 13 '16 at 2:10
  • You probably know better then. All I did was use latexdef to take a look at the definition of \parbox then to take a look at \@iiiparbox which seemed to involve \vtop boxes, which I know will not allow for footnotes. – A Feldman Jun 13 '16 at 3:32

My understanding now is that \insert\footins{...} will cause anything written inside the group to wind up in \box\footins but only AFTER the page is output. Also, \global\insert is not allowed.

The macro \global@insert doesn't precisely mimic the \insert "migration" in that the contents show up immediately, but it seems to work good enough for footnotes.


\newcommand{\global@insert}[2]% #1=box number, #2=vertical list
  \global\setbox#1=\vbox{\unvbox\@tempboxa #2}

 \splitmaxdepth \dp\strutbox \floatingpenalty \@MM
 \hsize\columnwidth \@parboxrestore
 \csname p@footnote\endcsname\@thefnmark


\item\parbox{1in}{parbox\footnote{parbox - \blindtext}}
\item test

check counter\footnote{after}

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