# Changing formatting of URL in biblatex \footcite

I've switched from bibtex to biblatex due to having to use \footcite based on university's requirements for writing a report. It may be worth noting that I'm also very new to (La)TeX.

I'm only having issues with an extremely long URL which spans three lines in footnotes and seems to use different line-spacing than footnotes ordinarily use. What would be the easiest way to force biblatex to not switch font when printing URLs in \footcite? Or even better, how to make it just use italic?

I currently use style=verbose-note, and I do import url and hyper ref.

This is not an exact duplicate of the linked-to question, as I don't know how to edit the URLs generated by biblatex, and only them. I find the formatting of URLs basically acceptable, but in biblatex-generated footnotes, and somewhat even in the bibliography, they look hideous.

An attempt at a minimal working example (which may end up being neither minimal nor working).

thetext.tex

\documentclass[times, utf8]{book}

\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book{slashdot:2004,
title = {{XFree86} 4.4: List of Rejecting Distributors Grows},
author = {Collins, B.},
publisher = {Slashdot},
month = {2},
year = {2004},
url = {http://yro.slashdot.org/story/04/02/18/131223/xfree86-44-list-of-rejecting-distributors-grows}
}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[style=verbose-note,natbib=true,sortcites=true,defernumbers=true,pageref,block=space,backend=biber]{biblatex}

\begin{document}

\chapter{Test chapter}
Here is some text\footcite{slashdot:2004}.

\end{document}


Makefile

thetext.pdf: thetext.tex literature.bib
pdflatex thetext.tex
biber thetext
pdflatex thetext.tex


In this example, the output even looks decent… unfortunately, the actual template I use (a modification of another university's template) has different margins, different font, etc. So in the actual PDF, the output looks less-than-decent.

My text:

Example above:

Template used is called "tvz" and if someone wants to work with the actual template it's available on BitBucket. If someone needs it, I can make an extended example based on "tvz" available as well.

• See Ulrike Fischer's answer to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/79051/… – lockstep Feb 10 '13 at 16:03
• +1 because the "original" question was missing the url tag. – lockstep Feb 10 '13 at 16:06
• @lockstep Is this even a duplicate? I think you could read this question as “How can I change the formatting of biblatex’s URLs (while using hyperref) (but not any other URLs)”, whereas the other one is “How can I change the formatting of hyperref’s URLs”. Even if this might not be Ivan’s intention, it might make for an interesting answer? In that case, Ivan would most likely be helped at the other question indeed. – doncherry Feb 10 '13 at 16:47
• @doncherry Formatting inly biblatex URL really seems to be a different (though interesting) question. – lockstep Feb 10 '13 at 17:52
• Could you please add a minimal working example (MWE)? – egreg Feb 11 '13 at 0:23

Amend the definition of \biburlsetup:

\documentclass{book}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book{slashdot:2004,
title = {{XFree86} 4.4: List of Rejecting Distributors Grows},
author = {Collins, B.},
publisher = {Slashdot},
month = {2},
year = {2004},
url = {http://yro.slashdot.org/story/04/02/18/131223/xfree86-44-list-of-rejecting-distributors-grows}
}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[style=verbose-note]{biblatex}

\appto{\biburlsetup}{\renewcommand*{\UrlFont}{\normalfont\itshape}}