# #StackBounty: #hyperref #footnotes #minipage #counters Special, pre-defined "out-of-order" footnotes for boilerplate text wit…

### Bounty: 150

Inside minipage environments I repeatedly need a handful of predefined footnotes (with a fixed boilerplate text) that should use symbolic footnote marks (for better detectability) alongside “normal” footnotes that are numbered automatically.

Within the same minipage, such a “special” footnote might be referenced multiple times, but the footnote text should only appear once per minipage.

The association between a particular footnotemark and its text is fixed beforehand. As the number of these “special” footnotes is fixed and relatively small I thought I could use hard-coded negative values for the footnote counter (to avoid interference with the normal counting) and hard-coded symbols for the values of the counter (i.e. `ddag`, `ast`, and so on).

This MWE shows how far I came

``````documentclass{article}

usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
usepackage{lmodern}
usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
%usepackage{fnpct}
usepackage[unicode,final]{hyperref}

makeatletter

newcommand*{specialfnmark}{%
%count255=value@mpfn% Originally, @mpfn is stepped. Here, we save the old value and set @mpfn to 0, -1, -2, and so on.
%setcounter{@mpfn}{0}%
protected@xdef@thefnmark{ensuremath{ddag}}% Originally: protected@xdef@thefnmark{thempfn}
@footnotemark%
%setcounter{@mpfn}{count255}%  Restore old value
}

newcommand*{specialfntext}{%
protected@xdef@thefnmark{ensuremath{ddag}}% Originally: {protected@xdef@thefnmark{thempfn}
@footnotetext{A special footnote.}%
}

makeatother

begin{document}

begin{minipage}{textwidth}specialfntext
Lore ipsumfootnote{1st minipage, 1st footnote.}.
Lore ipsumspecialfnmark.
Lore ipsumfootnote{1st minipage, 2nd footnote.}.
end{minipage}

begin{minipage}{textwidth}specialfntext
Lore ipsumspecialfnmark.
Lore ipsumfootnote{2nd minipage, 1st footnote.}.
Lore ipsumspecialfnmark.
end{minipage}

end{document}
``````

Please note that this MWE only use one type of special footnote (i.e. `specialfnmark` and `specialfntext`) for the sake of being a MWE. The full-fledged paper uses a couple of these footnotes (i.e. `foofnmark`, `foofntext`, `thingyfnmark`, `thingyfntext`) with macros coming in pairs.

This nearly does what I wanted to achieve, but two problems remain.

1. PDF links from the footnote mark to the correct footnote text do not work. I get the following errors:
``````  Package hyperref Warning: Ignoring empty anchor on input line 28.
pdfTeX warning (ext4): destination with the same identifier (name{Hfootnote.3}) has been already used, duplicate ignored
pdfTeX warning (dest): name {Hfootnote.6} has been referenced but does not exist, replaced by a fixed one
pdfTeX warning (dest): name{Hfootnote.4} has been referenced but does not exist, replaced by a fixed one
pdfTeX warning (dest): name{Hfootnote.2} has been referenced but does not exist, replaced by a fixed one
``````

How do I make the macro definition compatible with `hyperref`? I already tried to tinker with the counter (see commented lines of the MWE) but have been unsuccessful.

2. Is is possible to additionally make the definition compatible with the `fnpct` package such that the final period of the sentence and the footnote mark are re-ordered and horizontally adjusted?

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