Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Creating an apparatus with ledmac

While you can use standard footnotes with ledmac, the reason to use the package is because you can create a critical apparatus for your text. This is done by enclosing the word(s) you'd like to refer to (the lemma) inside of \edtext{} and then following it with curly brackets containing one of the nested footnote commands:
\edtext{<lemma>}{\Afootnote{<grammatical analysis>}}
The result is that the line number is cited, the lemma is automatically brought down to your footnote, and the footnote itself is separated from the lemma with a "]".

Because my apparatus is detailed (these are notes for a student learning Sanskrit), I will format the A-level footnotes as a single paragraph, rather than each note taking its own line. The latter style is the default and will take up too much room. I do this by using

before I start my document. I could also set the formatting in two or three columns (\foottwocol{B}\footthreecol{B}).

The output is shown below.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ledmac Installation

Not only does using ledmac make sense for my own translation project, but as I've started translating portions of Lanman's Sanskrit Reader with my tutoring student, being able to create facing pages with line-number keyed footnotes would be handy.

Here are the steps I've followed to get ledmac: