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I can't figure out how to embed a command like \textbf or something in a newly created environment, I have:

\newenvironment{definition}
  {\begin{quote}}
  {\end{quote}}

I want to customize my definition environment with some additional commands, but if I try something simple like:

\newenvironment{definition}
  {\textbf{\begin{quote}}
  {\end{quote}}}

pdflatex refuses to compile a PDF. Where am I wrong? Is there a limit for a newly created environment?

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

Use a declaration instead:

\newenvironment{definition}
  {\bfseries\begin{quote}}
  {\end{quote}}

Declarations are like switches, their effect ends when the environment is closed.

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thanks, just to know, where i can find the complete reference to this basic commands for latex? – Micro Nov 6 '11 at 21:37
    
@Micro: In LaTeX: A Document Preparation System by Leslie Lamport, the creator of LaTeX. For freely available online sources, have a look at Introductions and Guides to LaTeX. There should be links on this site as well. – Stefan Kottwitz Nov 6 '11 at 21:44

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