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How can one get the current name of the following: Chapter, Section, Subsection(s), frame, label, mdframed?

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What do you mean with mdframed? –  Marco Daniel Jul 5 '12 at 20:10
@MarcoDaniel mdframed's frametitle –  AbstractDissonance Jul 5 '12 at 21:35
You can use the option settings: \mdfsetup{settings={\gdef\mdframetitlemark{\mdf@frametitle}}} –  Marco Daniel Jul 8 '12 at 10:52
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With this solution you can still use the stared versions or optional arguments of \chapter et al


\chapter{First chapter}\label{ch:first}
This is chapter~\ref{ch:first} with title ``\Chaptername''.
\section{First section}\label{sec:first}
This is section~\ref{sec:first} with title ``\Sectionname''.
\subsection{The first subsection}\label{subsec:first}
This is subsection~\ref{subsec:first} with title ``\Subsectionname''.
\subsubsection{Last subsubsection}\label{subsubsec:first}
This is subsubsection~\ref{subsubsec:first} with title ``\Subsubsectionname''.
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very clever! +1 –  tohecz Jul 5 '12 at 9:08
No, it won't work with the starred versions. –  masu Nov 8 '13 at 16:12
@masu: it does work! –  Herbert Apr 20 at 5:51
@Herbert: I beg to differ... but maybe that was because of the magical ways of MikTeX, or we were mistaken somewhere. –  masu May 4 at 16:47
remember that a starred version of \section et al are not part of the TOC and not listed in the header! –  Herbert May 4 at 17:57
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In terms of section titles, the nameref package is ideal for this. It provides \nameref{<label>} that returns the sectional title associated with the label:

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\usepackage{nameref}% http://ctan.org/pkg/nameref
\section{First section}\label{first}
This is section~\ref{first} with title \nameref{first}.
\subsection{Second subsection}\label{second}
This is subsection~\ref{second} with title \nameref{second}.
\subsubsection{Last subsubsection}\label{third}
This is subsubsection~\ref{third} with title \nameref{third}.

hyperref provides similar functionality, since it loads nameref. As such, they work together without problem, allowing hyperlinked titles. memoir does something similar to store the names/titles of sectional units.

This could be expanded to include the capture of names/titles associated with other environments or structures as well.

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But I need the current section. With your labels I need to know the name already(essentially). i.e., you are just equating "first" with "first section", etc. Also, one has to specify the label each time. I could redefine section, subsection, chapter, etc but it seems like a lot of work. –  AbstractDissonance Jul 5 '12 at 6:58
e.g., \newcommand{\currentchapter}{} \newcommand{\mychapter}[1]{\chapter{#1}\renewcommand{\currentchapter}{#1}} and use \mychapter in place of \chapter –  AbstractDissonance Jul 5 '12 at 7:00
then \currentchapter contains the argument passed to the current \mychapter. I was hoping to avoid redefining or wrapping all the possible sectioning macros. –  AbstractDissonance Jul 5 '12 at 7:01
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Here is one solution but is not optimal. It simply renew's the old sectioning commands and have the new ones update the currentxxx macros.






\chapter{chapter test}
\section{section test}
\subsection{subsection test}


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This is the first thing that came to one's mind, but a problem arises when you want to use \chapter* –  tohecz Jul 5 '12 at 9:08
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