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What program can automatically footnote different number of footnotes per line?

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Oxford University Press (OUP) publishes the following books, and couldn't have used Microsoft Word to variate the number of footnotes per line, because harrymc affirmed

I have done some tests on Word 2019, and it seems that the option of "Footnote layout" is now dead and non-functional. [. . .] Your only option is to file a bug-report to Microsoft using the Feedback Hub, then wait for a fix.

So what programs might've OUP used? I emailed them, but they're on summer vacation. The first screenshot is fromCriminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (8 edn, 2018). p 180.

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Same with Anson's Law of Contract (31 edn 2020) p 180.

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If you have access to the pdf of the books, you could try pdfinfo <filename>.pdf This can give an indication of the tool used to create the pdf samcarter‭ 22 days ago

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While I can't say for certain what tool the publishers used, you may wish to check out the para option of the LaTeX footmisc package. It automatically makes the formatting decision based on the footnote length.

Per the documentation:

This option (derived from code by Dominik Wujastyk and Chris Rowley) causes
footnotes to be typeset as a single paragraph at the bottom of the page on which
they occur. In the case that there is only one footnote on the page, no effect
will be observed. However, if there are several footnotes on the page, they will
be run together in the page foot, each introduced by its footnote mark. The
original demand for the option came from the needs of those preparing critical
editions; such documents typically have large numbers of small footnotes, which
look ridiculous if each is typeset in a paragraph of its own; in most other disciplines,
such multiplicities of footnotes represent mere self-indulgence: the author of this
package is disgracefully guilty of this. 
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