CTAN submission -- bigfoot bundle for critical edition typesetting

Reinhard Zierke zierke at dante.de
Mon Feb 23 16:38:02 CET 2004

----- Forwarded message from David Kastrup -----
I have uploaded files suffix.dtx, suffix.ins, and README to the
incoming/bigfoot directory.  They are the first of what is supposed
to become a larger batch of files in the bigfoot bundle that is
primordinarily concerned with providing many of the mechanisms needed
for critical edition typesetting.

The other files of the suite are available via CVS in workable state,
but are still undergoing heavy change and are not yet documented, so I
don't want to upload them right now.  Pointers to the CVS are given in
the README (which also explains the current state of affairs).  The
files are supposed to be placed into CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/bigfoot
directory and are licenced under the GPL (version 2 or later).

Sorry that most of the suite is yet available only by CVS.

Here is the README file:

This is the bigfoot bundle for critical edition typesetting and other
concerns, written by David Kastrup (mailto:dak at gnu.org).  The complete
package in development can be accessed using the CVS instructions at
<URL:http://sarovar.org/projects/bigfoot>, and
CTAN:/macros/latex/contrib/bigfoot should provide released versions
once they are fit for general consumption.

The whole bundle is released under the GPL version 2 (or later).  Part
of the work has been sponsored or commissioned by various parties
(including TUG), but further functionality and development depends on
your support, financially or by participation.  The author has a
Paypal account which you might consider contributing to.

All of the files (except perpage.sty, for historical reasons) need
eTeX 2 as the LaTeX engine.  Newer distributions already are
eTeX-based; with older distributions you might need to use the
`elatex' command.

File descriptions for available files:

suffix.ins: This is a generated file and not in the CVS archive (but
   on CTAN).  If you need to generate it, you can do so by running
   `tex docstrip' and answering the prompts


   Running TeX on suffix.ins will generate further files from

suffix.dtx: This is the doc source for `suffix.sty', a package that
   makes it very easy to define command variants like \macro* or
   \macro\!.  It is included in the critical bundle since typical
   document classes for real critical editions documents will tend to
   want weird signs under handy abbreviations, like \< and \<<, or
   \=>, or things like \footnote' macros, or \footnote<...\footnote>
   with different formatting/numbering and so on.

perpage.sty: Work in progress, CVS only.  Used for keeping counters
   sorted in order of page appearance and making numbering per page

bigfoot.sty: Work in progress, CVS only.  Used for solving every
   problem around footnotes and then some.  Deals with nested
   footnotes in several apparatus, uses a backtracking algorithm for
   finding the optimal break across several footnotes, automatically
   breaks in-paragraph style footnotes across pages, uses fuzzy logic
   for deciding about when to prefer in-paragraph layout to
   one-footnote-per-paragraph layout on a per-note and per-block
   basis, deals with colors in footnotes even when broken across
   pages, adapts the document class's footnote style to in-paragraph
   footnotes as good as it can, allows customization of styles
   differing across footnote blocks, allows verbatim text in
   footnotes and so on.
----- End forwarded message -----

Thanks for the upload.  I installed the new packages as suggested in

Reinhard Zierke
for the CTAN team

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