In the usual Latex document classes, is there a simple way to have a background colour behind the footnotes only? It would probably help the reader in the organization of a page between main text and footnotes.

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    If you place footnotes at the bottom of the page, with footnote marks and smaller type, I doubt that colour background will help the reader.
    – Sveinung
    May 17, 2012 at 6:56

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I have not tried this yet, but I can imagine that the colorbox environment from the standard color package might work for this. Use this in your preamble:


And create your footnote like this:

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    The problem with that is that the footnote will no longer get broken across pages. This really has to be done in the output routine when \box\footins is getting used.
    – user9588
    May 17, 2012 at 8:40

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