# Footnote with special symbol in epigraph command

I have a problem related to a question concerning footnotes and epigraph.

That is, in that question the following (superclean!) answer was given by egreg:

Just use \footcitetext:

\epigraph{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit.
Ut purus elit, vestibulum ut}{Author\footnotemark}
\footcitetext{author00:_title}


However, with this answer it is not possible to obtain a symbol such as \dagger as a footnote symbol.

Below egreg's answer I asked him clarification and he kindly pointed out that it is possible to obtain such a result by using bigfootpackage.

How such solution should look like?

Thanks a lot in advance for any feedback.

I don't think bigfoot package is necessary, you could use

 \renewcommand*{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}


(saving - before - and restoring - after - the numeric value of the footnote counter).

For convenience, I've created two macros (\switchfootnotenumsym and \switchfootnotesymnum) for the switching between the two types of footnotes:

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@Book{author00:_title,
author =   {Author},
title =    {Title},
publisher =    {Publisher},
year =     2000}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english,french]{babel}
\frenchbsetup{StandardLists=true}

\usepackage{setspace}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{xspace}
\usepackage{epigraph}

% New counter for switching from numeric footnotes to the ones with symbols and vice-versa
\newcounter{tempfootnote}
% Macro for switching from numeric footnotes to the ones with symbols
\newcommand{\switchfootnotenumsym}{%
\setcounter{tempfootnote}{\value{footnote}} % save the current value of footnote counter
\setcounter{footnote}{0}
\renewcommand*{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}
}
% Newcommand for switching from the footnote with symbols to the numeric ones
\newcommand{\switchfootnotesymnum}{%
\setcounter{footnote}{\value{tempfootnote}}
\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\arabic{footnote}}
}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\usepackage[autostyle=true]{csquotes}
\usepackage[style=authoryear-comp,
hyperref,
backend=biber,
isbn=false,
doi=false,
url=false,
date=year]{biblatex}
\AtEveryBibitem{\clearlist{language}}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\begin{document}
\switchfootnotenumsym
\setcounter{footnote}{1}% if you want the \dagger (which is the number two) set the counter to one
\epigraph{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut purus elit, vestibulum ut}{Author\footnotemark}
\footcitetext{author00:_title}
\switchfootnotesymnum

Normal text\footnote{Normal footnote}

\switchfootnotenumsym
This is only to show you the correspondence between numbers and symbols (they are only 9):

1\footnote{footnote} 2\footnote{footnote} 3\footnote{footnote} 4\footnote{footnote} 5\footnote{footnote}
6\footnote{footnote} 7\footnote{footnote} 8\footnote{footnote} 9\footnote{footnote}
\switchfootnotesymnum

Other normal text\footnote{With other normal footnote}
\end{document}


Edit:

If you need a continuing symbol footnote counter (remember that the symbols are only 9, you will get an error if the symbol footnote counter becomes > 9):

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@Book{author00:_title,
author =   {Author},
title =    {Title},
publisher =    {Publisher},
year =     2000}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english,french]{babel}
\frenchbsetup{StandardLists=true}

\usepackage{setspace}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{xspace}
\usepackage{epigraph}

% New counters for switching from numeric footnotes to the ones with symbols and vice-versa
\newcounter{tempfootnotenum}
\newcounter{tempfootnotesym}
\setcounter{tempfootnotenum}{0}% initial value
\setcounter{tempfootnotesym}{0}% initial value

% Macro for switching from numeric footnotes to the ones with symbols
\newcommand{\switchfootnotenumsym}{%
\setcounter{tempfootnotenum}{\value{footnote}}% save the current value of numeric footnote counter
\setcounter{footnote}{\value{tempfootnotesym}}% restore the value of the previous symbol footnote counter
\renewcommand*{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}% set footnote with symbols
}
% Newcommand for switching from the footnote with symbols to the numeric ones
\newcommand{\switchfootnotesymnum}{%
\setcounter{tempfootnotesym}{\value{footnote}}% save the current value of symbol footnote counter
\setcounter{footnote}{\value{tempfootnotenum}}% restore the value of the previous numeric footnote counter
\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\arabic{footnote}}% set numeric footnote
}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\usepackage[autostyle=true]{csquotes}
\usepackage[style=authoryear-comp,
hyperref,
backend=biber,
isbn=false,
doi=false,
url=false,
date=year]{biblatex}
\AtEveryBibitem{\clearlist{language}}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\begin{document}
\switchfootnotenumsym
\epigraph{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut purus elit, vestibulum ut}{Author\footnotemark}
\footcitetext{author00:_title}
\switchfootnotesymnum

Normal text\footnote{Normal footnote}

\switchfootnotenumsym
\epigraph{We love ducks}{Author\footnotemark}
\footcitetext{author00:_title}
\switchfootnotesymnum

Other normal text\footnote{With another normal footnote}

\switchfootnotenumsym
\epigraph{We love lions, too}{Author\footnotemark}
\footcitetext{author00:_title}
\switchfootnotesymnum

I hope this is what you need\footnote{Third footnote}

\end{document}


• First of all, thanks a lot for the great answer! I still have a problem. That is, now I get a symbol instead of a number, however this symbol is the first symbol that comes in the prespecified order of symbols (and that's still ok). The problem is that this symbol is also the very same that I get with the title. Most probably this comes from the fact that epigraph has to create a new environment and it starts to count again, not taking into account the footnote in the title. Is it possible to fix this? – Kolmin Apr 20 '17 at 10:17
• @Kolmin If I've understood well, of course! It's enough to create a second counter where to save the "symbol footnote counter". I'll edit my answer tonight (I have no time at the moment...). – CarLaTeX Apr 20 '17 at 10:45
• Thanks a lot, superanswer! I did not realise that the crucial issue is to use \setcounter{footnote}{} for symbols as well. [An aside: the answer is really super, but there are lot of info there, in the sense that for somebody that is not supergood at LaTeX – like me... ;D – it can be a bit overwhelming, and it can become very difficult to extrapolate the relevant info.] – Kolmin Apr 20 '17 at 21:22
• @Kolmin Thank you for accepting my answer! Please tell me which part is not clear, so that I can explain it better! – CarLaTeX Apr 21 '17 at 2:15
• @Kolmin I created the macro only for convenience. It could be boring to type all the commands every time. I hope you've learnt something new but, believe me, I'm a beginner, too! – CarLaTeX Apr 21 '17 at 8:26