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Some time ago, a question was posed as to how to split two-columned footnotes across pages, suggesting use of the package eledmac:

eledmac and two column footnotes

User lockstep posted the following (simple and efficient) answer:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{eledmac}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\twocolfootfmtX}{\raggedright}{}{}{}

\foottwocolX{A}
\let\footnote\footnoteA

\usepackage{microtype}
\usepackage{lipsum}


\begin{document}
\lipsum*[1]\footnote{\lipsum*[2-8]}
\end{document}

which produces the following output (partly shown here, but spans two pages in its entirety):

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QUESTION: Can the prior code be simply modified in order to adjust (in this case, lessen) the width between the two columns; and secondly, is it possible to indent the the footnote?

Thank you.

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The width of eledmac two-column "familiar" footnotes is set by the \hsizetwocolX option, where X is the note series (A in your example) and the argument in {} sets the width for the column (.45\hsize is the standard setting apparently). So for reducing the space between columns I'd start to increase the width, e.g. with \hsizetwocolX[A]{.46\hsize} and keep increasing towards 0.5\hsize until it looks acceptable. See chapter 5.4.7 "Options for footnotes in columns" in the eledmac documentation (p. 31 in my copy).

\parindentX[A] will enable indentation (ch. 5.4.5 "Styles of note content" in the documentation).

Please note that eledmac has been superseded by reledmac.

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  • Thank you for posting this answer. I am able to successfully adjust the width between the two columns now; however, when I use \parindentX[A] --- I get the error message, ``undefined control sequence' . I have inserted it after \begin{document}. Is there something I may be missing? Thanks.
    – DDS
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:19
  • I can't reproduce this error when I use \parindentX[A] in your MWE. It works either before or after \begin{document}. Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 20:49
  • Thank you. The problem must be on my end.
    – DDS
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 21:40
  • In complement to henryflower answer : event if the settings can be made both in preamble and after \begin{document}, I recommand, as for all general settings, to make them in the preamble.
    – Maïeul
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 10:11

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