# reledmac: Customize style of a footnote that spans a page break?

We use reledmac and place exclusively with critical footnotes (\Xfootnote) that are printed at the bottom of the page. Often, a note spans several lines, and occasionally it spans a page break too.

Line numbers for such footnotes are printed as follows (say the note goes from p. 1, l. 10 to p. 2, l. 1).

The standard style is 1.10–2.1:

However, our edition's stylesheet requires the format 10–S.~2.1:

In other words:

(1) We would like to remove the number of the starting page, if it is identical with the current page number. (For consistency reasons, as the majority of footnotes only get a line number and no page number.)

(2) We would like to insert a prefix to the end-page number. In our case, S\fullstop~ or the like.

Here's a MWE:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[series={A},noend,nofamiliar,noeledsec]{reledmac}

\lineation{page}
\firstlinenum{1}
\linenumincrement{1}

\begin{document}
\beginnumbering
%
\pstart
\setline{10}
%
\edtext{Lorem}{%
\Afootnote{A critical note that is confined to one page.}}
%
ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do
%
\edtext{eiusmod
\ledpb
tempor incididunt.}{%
\Afootnote{A critical note that spans a page break.}}
%
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{document}


I don't believe that reledmac has a parameter to customize the page/line range in this way.

I did find a workaround to generate the desired output (as seen in the second picture), but it's hacky and ugly and not a good idea in the long run; that was by copying the definition of \printlines in our preamble and making suitable changes (to lines 3897-3900 and l. 3940 in reledmac.sty, v 2.37.2).

Is there a better way to do this, other than to patch or hack the definition of \printlines? Or could I request a new feature to customize the page/line range in this regard?

Any help is appreciated!

• you can open a github issue May 27 at 16:02
• Thanks @Maïeul – opened an issue. May 27 at 18:24

## 1 Answer

On reledmac 2.38.0, just send on CTAN, I have added two features :

• \Xbeforepagenumber{<txt>} to add a text before the page number
• \Xnopagenumberifcurrent to remove page number for the current page. Not that, because of the complexity of getting the current page number, this feature need more runs (for cross-referencing).

So your example becomes :

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[series={A},noend,nofamiliar,noeledsec]{reledmac}

\lineation{page}
\firstlinenum{1}
\linenumincrement{1}
\Xnopagenumberifcurrent
\Xbeforepagenumber{S}
\begin{document}
\beginnumbering
%
\pstart
\setline{10}
%
\edtext{Lorem}{%
\Afootnote{A critical note that is confined to one page.}}
%
ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do
%
\edtext{eiusmod
\ledpb
tempor incididunt.}{%
\Afootnote{A critical note that spans a page break.}}
%
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{document}

• Wonderful, thank you for adding this! May 30 at 20:46