I'm trying to get the pagenote package to display the note numbers as

\textbf{ \blue{ \big[ \roman{ notenum } \big] } }

I've redefined the \notenumintext as follows:

\renewcommand*{\notenumintext}[1]{\textbf{\blue \big[\roman{pagenote}\big]}}

and it displays exactly what I want. The .ent file appears to encode the correct information.

But, a similar redefinition of \noteenuminnotes produces errors or strange output (like the correct format, but all the note numbers are the same).

Right now, the document is written using the article document class, with \usepackage[page]{pagenote} loaded (among other things).

Is this a simple case of not really understanding how the renewcommand works with counters?

Yes, I've read the documentation many times as well as numerous discussion boards. Most of the documentations say things like, "this can be redefined" but don't tell you how to do it. Since I'm relatively new to this type of LaTeXing, it's a bit frustrating.

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  • @doncherry: Thanks! I went to edit the post, and it appears the code is now formatted accordingly. – HTG Oct 14 '11 at 15:22
  • You're welcome :-). I formatted your code, users with >2000 reputation can edit other users' posts. – doncherry Oct 14 '11 at 15:31
  • I'm trying to come up with minimal sample code to post. – HTG Oct 14 '11 at 15:31
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    The renewcommand doesn't work with counters. That is to say, when you renew a command you change it's definition. If the original command increased a counter and your replacement does not, then the counter won't be increased anymore. I suggest you have a look at how the command is defined in the pagenote package. This probably wont be straightforward, but trying to figure it out will increase your understanding, if you get stuck you can modify the question with your research and people will probably be able to help. – Roelof Spijker Oct 14 '11 at 15:34

If I understand your question correctly, you would like the note number in the page notes area to be displayed in bold, blue, numbering style lowercase-roman, and in a font size that's one "step" larger than "normal", where "normal" is the font size of the main body of the text (usually 10pt, 11pt, or 12pt). If this understanding is correct, you may want to try the code in the following MWE. Observe that the redefinition of the rendering of the note's "number" into lowercase-roman format is undertaken separately from the redefinitions of the \notenumintext and \notenuminnotes macros.

\renewcommand{\notenumintext}[1]{%  default setting: "\textsuperscript{#1}}"
\renewcommand{\notenuminnotes}[1]{% default setting: "{\normalfont #1.} }"
    {\large\bfseries\color{blue}[#1]} }
\section{Some random text}
Abcdefgh.\pagenote{Some random thoughts.}


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  • I gave it a try. It didn't compile, and said ./filename.ent:2: Missing number, treated as zero. <to be read again> \c@1 l.2 \noteentry{1}{}{text}{17} If I replace the #1 with the static pagenote then it compiles, but all the note numbers on the notes page have the same value (the largest value of the pagenote counter). The note numbers in the text look correct. – HTG Oct 14 '11 at 15:53
  • I've rewritten my answer, this time with a full MWE. – Mico Oct 14 '11 at 17:02
  • I'm really glad it worked. Feel free to accept/check-mark my answer any time. ;-) – Mico Oct 14 '11 at 20:46
  • Ahh...I knew I was supposed to do something official to close out the discussion. I clicked on the check mark above - and thanks for the nudge. – HTG Oct 15 '11 at 18:41

Instead of applying \roman to the argument of \notenuminnotes, redefine \thepagenote.







Some text.\pagenote{A pagenote.}


  • I think this is basically what Mico mentioned below -- I just happened to see his post first. Thank you for the help! – HTG Oct 15 '11 at 18:43

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