I'm using the scrbook KOMAScript class. I have many short footnotes, which would be nicer if they were formatted in multiple columns instead of one long column that leaves a lot of undesired whitespace.

There are a variety of solutions that I've investigated that are incompatible with my setup:

  • dblfnote takes my 130+ page document and turns it into 5000+ page document!
  • rledmac Creates an error no room for a new \write that doesn't happen when this package isn't loaded.
  • use the memoir class I'm already using scrbook from KOMAScript

Several questions are similar, but relate to having multi-column footnotes in a multi-column document. I have a single-column document

  • Try footmisc with option para. It's not exactly multi-column, but it typesets all footnotes on a page in a single paragraph at the bottom of the page. If there are several footnotes on the page, they will be run together in the page foot, each introduced by its footnote mark. Might be (close to) what you are looking for.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Jun 26, 2022 at 18:21
  • @Ingmar that certainly makes my footnotes take up less space, but a columnar format would look a little more clean.
    – jlconlin
    Commented Jun 26, 2022 at 21:42
  • See this thread for more: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/134937/…
    – Ingmar
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 4:13
  • I wasn't able to get dblfnote to work, but I did finally get the bidi package to work. Found this answer at the end of a list of answers.
    – jlconlin
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 4:55
  • Requires XeLaTeX, though, so might not be an option for everyone … Glad it works for you.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 5:34


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