How do I modify the behavior of the footnote line and text with optex?

I'd like to change the width and height of the rule, and the footnotes to hang thus:

¹ Text text text
  text text text
  text text text

I've tried changing footnoterule, but it didn't work.

\def\footnoterule{\vfill % added this
   \kern-3pt\hrule width 1cm \kern 2.6pt} % doesn't work
% \footnoterulewidth 1cm % doesn't work

  • It's difficult to understand what you want to achieve with that \vfill.
    – egreg
    Jan 31 at 23:34
  • @egreg, nothing in particular. I just copied it from a question here (tex.stackexchange.com/questions/573538/…). I just want to redefine footnoterule and make them hang.
    – user574859
    Feb 1 at 1:44
  • Do you just want to change the length/width of the footnote rule, and have hanging footnote paragraphs?
    – jarnosz
    Feb 1 at 4:49
  • @jarnosz, yes, that's it.
    – user574859
    Feb 1 at 9:20

1 Answer 1


As you realized, OpTeX is not quite "Plain" according to a strict description: it has its own internals somewhat differing from Plain itself; that of itself is not evil, just slightly misleading.

Anyway, to set the hanging indent to your footnotes add the following redefinition to your document.

\_def\_fnset{\everypar={\hangindent=1.5cc\hangafter=1}\_scalemain \_typoscale[800/800]}

To change the footnote rule:

\_def \_footnoterule {\_kern-3pt \_hrule width 1truein height 2pt \_kern 2.6pt }

visual result


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