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I need numeric superscripts in author list

Postby hardcoreUFO » Thu May 22, 2008 8:16 am

For some reason LaTeX, thinking wrongly that it knows best, believes symbols rather than numbers should be used to superscript authors in an article when specifying an address subscript. Is there any way of making \footnote behave like it does everywhere else in a LaTeX document? These sorts of inconsistencies are infuriating.

Thanks in advance.

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Postby localghost » Thu May 22, 2008 9:29 am

hardcoreUFO wrote:For some reason LaTeX, thinking wrongly that it knows best, believes symbols rather than numbers should be used to superscript authors in an article when specifying an address subscript. [...] These sorts of inconsistencies are infuriating. [...]

Just a remark for the present. This is no inconsistency. There is a deeper sense behind that. After all these superscripts don't mark footnotes, but additional information regarding the authors. You can see that in the way these marks are created, not with \footnote but with the \thanks command. So LaTeX does this in the correct way.

Seems to be only a change in the format of a counter. But at the moment I have no idea what counter that could be (perhaps the counter footnote). A workaround may be the usage of the titlepage option in the article class.


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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu May 22, 2008 6:41 pm

Hi,

I agree with Thorsten.

LaTeX does not force you to do it in the custom way. It is Open Source, so you may change it. After looking at article.cls and latex.ltx I found a workaround that may help you to get numeric superscripts by redefining the internal macro \@fnsymbol. I provide a small working example:
  1. \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}
  2. \makeatletter
  3. \renewcommand*\@fnsymbol[1]{\the#1}
  4. \makeatother
  5. \title{Test}
  6. \author{Tester\footnote{author footnote}}
  7. \begin{document}
  8. \maketitle
  9. \setcounter{footnote}{1}
  10. \section{One}
  11. Text\footnote{text footnote}
  12. \end{document}

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Postby hardcoreUFO » Fri May 23, 2008 12:20 am

Thanks for the feedback guys. I still submit that the implementation of footnotes is inconsistent. A user expects footnotes to behave the same anywhere in the document; unless you can provide a good reason not to be able to use:

\footnote[1]{My footnote}

in the author list. It works everywhere else, therefore it is inconsistent (and causes users like me to pull their hair out).

Anyhow, I will try Stefan's suggestion. Thanks again.

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Postby hardcoreUFO » Fri May 23, 2008 12:22 am

For the reference of others, Stefan's suggestion worked well.

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