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I'm writing my thesis, and along the way I am making note of relevant open problems. I would like LaTeX to keep track of these problems and then compile them in a separate section at the end of my thesis, right before the bibliography. I would ideally like these problems to have a two-way link, that is, the initial statement of the problem would have a hyperlink to the section at the end, and then each problem in the section at the end would have a hyperlink back to its initial statement.

If anyone has a reasonably elegant solution for this, I would love to hear it. I've been thinking about it for a while, and my general idea is this: use the endnote package and the command \let\footnote=\endnote, then write the open problems as footnotes. This works somewhat, but there are still some bugs, given below. If you have any suggestions for any of these too, I would really appreciate it.

  1. I use the package footnotebackref to get the two-way link, but the back link disappears once I use the command \let\footnote=\endnote (that is, the problems will compile at the end, but won't link back to the original statements).
  2. The section at the end is entitled "Notes" and I would prefer that it be something like "Open Problems."
  3. The numbering of the problems in the end section is in footnote style, that is, justified left and as a superscript. I'd like it to render as a normal numbered list.

Thank you very much for your help!

  • It can be done easily enough, but please don't use previously defined macros like \footnote. Macros (e.g. \csname mynote\themynote\endcsname) can carry information from front to back. The aux file takes two runs but can carry information back to \begin{document}. Hyperref links are handled by the PDF itself. – John Kormylo Jun 6 '18 at 13:32
  • use package todonotes and print listoftodos? – naphaneal Jun 6 '18 at 14:22
  • John - Thank you, yes, I agree, and am trying something else now. – user164564 Jun 7 '18 at 14:47
  • Naphaneal - thanks for the suggestion. I looked at those packages, but I think the endnotes package is closer to what I'm looking for, so now I'm trying to work with that. – user164564 Jun 7 '18 at 14:48
  • @user164564 If you have a satisfactory answer, it is acceptable/encouraged for you to answer your own question. – Troy Jun 13 '18 at 0:00

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