I started using reledmac a couple days ago and the documentation about footnotes already has me in tears.

I'm working on a thing using initial drop caps and small caps with lettrine and it so happens that the very first word in the book needs a footnote. I can't figure out how to do it without making the brackets intersect.

In this MWE, in my ideal world I can footnote just the word "Fubar." However, I'd be more than happy in a world where I could footnote "Fubar fizbutt." (Neither of those things may turn out to be possible, but, you know, it's 2020, I'm used to disappointment.)

Note that I don't really care what kind of footnotes (from among the hordes available in reledmac) I end up using.



\lettrine{F}{ubar fizbutt} furball.

  • sorry, I don't understand your question.... Do you need either critical or familiar footnote? You must know that all the feature which change line skip (like lettrine) may cause trouble with reledmac.
    – Maïeul
    May 13, 2020 at 10:30
  • Ah, okay, I didn't know that. So I'll just have to find another way to deal with it. (Just to clarify my question, in case it helps in some way: I'm trying to footnote either "Fubar" or "Fubar fizbutt"; it doesn't matter what kind of footnote (normal, critical, familiar) I use. But if I understand you correctly none of them is possible with lettrine, so I'll have to find a different way to approach the issue.) Thanks so much for the guidance! May 13, 2020 at 14:25
  • WHat to do do mean by "to footnote something" ?
    – Maïeul
    May 13, 2020 at 15:51

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For anybody who's looking for this information and comes across this question: you can't use footnotes with lettrine in reledmac. Use paracol or something similar instead.

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