2012
02.26

Circle your footnotes

I really do not like the standard footnote markers in latex. The problem is that if you put a footnote on a math expression (and you want to use numbers for footnotes), it is easy to think that (say) ‘2’ means that you are raising the formula to power 2, not that the reader should look for footnote 2. Lately, I found a cute solution (I used it in my book, but recently I improved it).

To this end, here is a style file: footnote_fix.sty. Use it with

\usepackage{footnote_fix}

And include the following line, just after \maketitle in your paper:

\setfnsymbol{stars}

Here is an example (and its latex source).

This solution is not perfect, especially if your footnote count exceeds 10, but its better than the default.

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