I am using
memoir class to typeset a book containing texts with many footnotes. To control widows and orphans I use the following settings:
\clubpenalty=5000 \widowpenalty=5002 \displaywidowpenalty=5000 \brokenpenalty=2991
Generally I am satisfied with the result. But with this settings LaTeX tries hard to avoid widows and orphans and sometimes it has to break a page just to avoid an orphan in the footnotes resulting in huge white zones at the bottom of the page.
As I sometimes rather had some orphans in footnotes – I suppose them to be much more tolerable there, then in the main text – then huge white zones at the bottom of some pages, I would like to set a lover
\clubpenalty for the footnotes.
I read about the
bigfoot package providing such functionality, but as I have some trouble with it, I would like to know, if there is an other way to achieve that?