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Formatting Information — An introduction to typesetting with LATEX

Chapter 5: Textual tools

In this chapter…

  1. Footnotes and end-notes
  2. Marginal notes
  3. References
  4. Indexes and glossaries
  5. Multiple columns

Every text-handling system needs to support a repertoire of tools for doing things with text. LATEX implements many dozens, of which a small selection of the most frequently used is given here:

  • footnotes and end-notes;

  • marginal notes;

  • cross-references, both normal ones and bibliographic citations;

  • indexes and glossaries;

  • typesetting in multiple columns.

  1. Like this. 

  2. Be aware that in some disciplines where cross-references are not much used, the word ‘references’ may be used to mean ‘bibliographic references’. 

  3. This section is labelled normalxref, for example. 

  4. Thus I can refer here to the label at the start of this section as \ref{normalxref} and get the value ‘§ 5.3.1’.  

  5. In fact, the old bibtex program can be still be used instead of biber with biblatex, but this is perverse. 

  6. On Unix & GNU/Linux systems (including Apple Macintosh OS X, just type the command man makeindex; the page is also available in many reference sites on the web.