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Is there a simple workaround for using citations inside a pdfcomment? Here it is a MWE:



Works \cite{Smith1959}.

Works \pdfmarkupcomment{here}{comment1}

Doesn't work \pdfmarkupcomment{here \cite{Smith1959}}{comment2}.

\bibitem{Smith1959}J. Smith, J. Chem. Phys. {\bf 3}, 764 (1935).

The error message is:

! Argument of \@citex has an extra }.
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No problem here (under TeX Live 2011 on ShareLaTeX). Perhaps related to packages versions? – Werner Apr 29 '13 at 19:59
@Werner, my versions are: This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2013/dev) and \ProvidesPackage{pdfcomment}[2012/09/28 pdfcomment.sty v2.3a - Josef Kleber (C) 2008-2012] – alfC Apr 29 '13 at 20:09
Same error (and 19 more) with MiKTeX 2.9 and unchanged given MWE (exact: This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (MiKTeX 2.9) (preloaded format=pdflatex 2013.4.5, pdfcomment 2012/09/28 pdfcomment.sty v2.3a). – Kurt Apr 29 '13 at 20:12
For reference, ShareLaTeX reports This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-1.40.12 (TeX Live 2011) (format=pdflatex 2012.2.4) and pdfcomment.sty 2012/01/25 pdfcomment.sty v2.2a - Josef Kleber (C) 2008-2012 and compiles without problem. – Werner Apr 29 '13 at 20:15
@Werner, yes, it is a big mistery. ShareLaTeX works but not my versions, and they are not that different. – alfC Apr 30 '13 at 21:44
up vote 2 down vote accepted

It seems that cite is fragile. However you can do two things:

  1. Put \protect before \cite

    \pdfmarkupcomment{here \protect\cite{Smith1959}}{comment2}.
  2. Put extra curly braces around cite

    \pdfmarkupcomment{here {\cite{Smith1959}}}{comment2}.
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thanks, both worked and give the expected output. It is still a mystery that ShareLaTeX (or some version of TeXLive accepts the original code). Perhaps ShareTeX does some modification of the code behind scenes. – alfC Jun 3 '13 at 17:20

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