{catcodes} is about "category codes" — an integer number from 0–15 associated to each of the 256 character codes. The category codes indicate the role of a character.

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How can I make LaTeX to recognize spaces in my macro (catcode 10)?

I've been messing with TeX primitives, particularly catcodes, to handle diverse LaTeX situations (and to extend my wings). I created a token gobbler with the help of http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/...
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How to use catcode with tex4ht?

I have a need to use \catcode`\^^M=12 % in a Latex file for other purposes. The file compiles OK with lualatex but gives an error in tex4ht lua mode. Is there a way to make it work in tex4ht also? ...
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Why does ConTeXt use \NC..\NR instead of &..\cr?

When Knuth came up with the catcode table, he dedicated the character & to catcode 4, the alignment tab. It happens rarely that people change these default catcodes and I guess most users have ...
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Macro overloading, catcode redefining… or how can I parse XML with TeX?

Given this code that barely parse XML and print it as SXML (s-exp XML, aka lisp-style XML, aka XML-with-parenthesis): \catcode`@=11 \let\@xp\expandafter \def\@makeletter#1#2\@nil{\catcode`#1 \ifx\...
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Save an active colon from within expl3

Is there a preferred way to realize the following without having to leave expl3 syntax? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \usepackage[french]{babel} \begin{document} \ExplSyntaxOn % suppose ...
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Why is & special outside of tabular environments?

Consider the following m(non-)we: \documentclass{standalone} \begin{document} Foo & Bar \end{document} The build will fail with ! Misplaced alignment tab character &. while it will ...
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How to allow curly braces in command option

I need to store an URL parameter like &path=weigth:5|color:orange|enc:okydHa}peAXOHi@jANv@A@kJJmFAiDJuAHmDXcBb@cC`@gC^_DV}CJaCF{APaBVkBdAyEf@qC`@{B\aDSwB with later reencoding to utf8 and passing ...
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redefine ampersand & for environment

I want to redefine the ampersand-charakter to expand to a macro, I defined. Basically it is/should be something like &={\hspace*{30pt}Ampersand has been redefined\hfill} The final use is \...
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How to Disable Function of Underscores?

Code \documentclass{article} \begin{document} http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/75146/1/9789241548441_eng.pdf#page=35 \end{document} Output Wanted output: no special effect of ...
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Active ! Character Hangs within TikZ

The MWE below makes the ! active in math mode using the solution from Make Characters Active via Macro in Math Mode and uses the tikz \hcancel via Diagonal strikeout starting too low and ending too ...
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\title after \begin{document}: When to do it?

My answer to Problem using \alert{} in Beamer title with metropolis theme solves an incompatibility problem between TiKZ and \title with \protect-ed contents in beamer documents. Following code ...
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Testing for oneside or twosided document

After reading basics about catcode I started to use conditionals to autoset the preamble. Surprisingly when sandwiching the command I do get the error Undefined control sequence. \if@oneside, also ...
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real colons in a expl3 context

I'm fighting to find a good way to use colons in an expl3 context. The example uses tcolorbox for a demonstration but I ran into the problem also in other places where a colon was used to delimit an ...
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Active character in a command

I would like \forall to trigger a certain behavior (for the purpose of the example below: change the text color to red), which is cancelled when the next ( is encountered. I can make this work when ...
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Using tikzcd in newcommand (for inline arrows)

I’m using tikz-cd for diagrams, and have a medium-sized diagram that I want to re-use several times. However, when I try using a definition like: \newcommand{\myarrow}{$\begin{tikzcd} A \ar{r} & ...
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Make Characters Active via Macro in Math Mode

I am trying to make characters active in math mode, but can't seem to get past the most basic of examples. I would like to define a macro which is passed: the character to make active and the ...
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change catcode with tickets (business card print) and tables

Update, much later Don’t do this. Change the font instead. This just causes much trouble in unexpected and hard-to-debug places. See the other answer to the same question for details. changing the ...
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Using " as shortcut with babel

I try to use " as a shortcut by using \catcode`\"=13 \newcommand*{"}[1]{^{(#1)}} I have to use babel[german] but the package destroys with my shortcut. Is ther any way to prevent this or do I have ...
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Font definition file loading during verbatim with fancyvrb

I am trying to define a verbatim-like command for regular expressions. I say verbatim-like because I’d like the regex operators to be typeset specially. The idea is that you can type a regular ...
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What do \makeatletter and \makeatother do?

Many LaTeX “hacks” begin with \makeatletter and end with \makeatother. What do these commands do?
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How to change the catcode in a macro

I want to change the catcode in a macro, but it seems it doesn't work. Can anyone help me? \def\A{\catcode`\|=0 |bf{test}} |bf{test} would not work as expect.
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obeylines command is not working inside a definition [duplicate]

The problem is that \obeylines macro is not working while it's inside \def Compare: \long\def\linesaver#1{\obeylines#1} \linesaver{ Test1 Test2 } VS { \obeylines Test3 Test4 Test5 } First does ...
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Is there any way to have a catcode set only inside a macro?

I was wondering if it's at all possible to change a catcode for use only inside a macro definition. In this case, I need to have one macro defined as \example#1#2, and another defined as \example^#1#2....
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How to make marginratio from geometry package work also with LaTeX3?

With LaTeX2e, the marginratio key provided by geometry package can be used safely: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{geometry} \usepackage{calc} \newlength{\mylayoutwidth} \newlength{\mylayoutheight} ...
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Can I convert a string to catcode 11?

In the TeX FAQ there's a way to test if the jobname is equal to something (comparing the jobname). The difficulty of the naïve test is that the contents of the \jobname primitive are catcode 12 so to ...
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How can I give active characters definitions with expl3?

It's very much glossed over in texdoc interface3… \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand \Digits { m m }{ \group_begin: \char_set_catcode_active:N ; \...
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Use of mfirstuc with catcode 12 characters

I am trying to have my document read its own filename (which is known to be words and numbers separated by hyphens) and parse it. For everything after a certain hyphen, I want to replace the hyphens ...
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Environment where everything is escaped automatically

I wan't to use latex to allow users to generate PDF-Reports on the fly. The problem is that a part of the document gets filled with information from the user-side. What I'm looking for is an ...
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Turn * into thin space for clearer math spacing

In a formula, the space between variables often corresponds implicitly to a multiplication operator. I find LaTeX's default spacing not so readable: symbols are too close to each other, and I would ...
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How can I include external macros for every line of the source code?

An answer to my last question gave a solution for hooking a small command onto line breaks in the TeX source. \documentclass{memoir} \usepackage[spacing, tracking]{microtype} \usepackage{libertine} \...
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Hooking every line of the source code

I've been considering a more radical solution to the problem k.t.hagen posed a while back. Would it be possible (perhaps by catcode hijacking) to put hooks on individual lines of the source code? (...
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Temporarily changing catcode of %

Scenario I have a bunch of TeX files which may be processed by an external filter. The filter is (unfortunately) immutable: it does a string replacement where, for example, %d is expanded to a ...
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Replace digits by arbitrary symbols

I want to write some macro that replaces all digits in its argument by previously defined symbols or macros. I envision something like \overrideDigits{1234567890} which should expand to something ...
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How can I use XString to count characters in a string with the “wrong” catcode?

I created a TikZ coordinate system to solve a positioning problem I had. The code is presented below. However, the code doesn't work; if you run it, you will get the Too many .'s error message ...
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Modify catcode in the preamble or in the \AtBeginDocument?

I want to modify the catcode of comma, with the following code \documentclass{article} \AtBeginDocument{% \catcode`\,=\active \protected\def,{...}% } \begin{document} a,b,c $a,b,c$. \end{document}...
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Repeated “Label(s) may have changed” when using \catcode`_=12 underscore hack with hyperref

This MWE produces repeated Label(s) may have changed warnings despite the output files not changing. The same problem has been discussed in How to diagnose a permanent "Label(s) may have changed&...
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inputenc, active catcode and \csnsame

with this MWE, with a non utf-8 engine (like pdflatex) \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \begin{document} \expandafter\def\csname a\endcsname{toto} \expandafter\def\csname ᾧ\...
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Compilation error with \ifnum in ConTeXt

Why the following code gives me the following error? Code: \begingroup \catcode`\"=12 \gdef\newmcodes@{\mathcode`\'39\mathcode`\*42\mathcode`\."613A% \ifnum\mathcode`\-=45 \else \...
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It's safe to ignore tabs and newlines when defining a macro?

I've written several LaTeX environments to format a "use case flow" sequence for a college project. Being a computer programmer, I find quite annoying to not be able to use newlines and indentation (...
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Keeping underscores in parameters even inside NewEnviron environments

I followed this answer to define a command such that underscores in its parameter can be kept. However, this does not work if the command is called inside an environment that has been defined with ...
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Active spaces with xstring's StrSubstitute

I have some text that I would like to preprocess using xstring's \StrSubstitute method (basically replacing certain keywords by simple commands such as foobar by \emph{foobar}). There are two side ...
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Amsmath environments eating \active characters

\documentclass{amsart} {\catcode`\z\active \global\def\activate{\catcode`\z\active\defz{active}z}} \begin{document} {\activate z} %1 \begin{equation}\activate z\end{equation} %2 \begin{align}\activate ...
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How to get the catcode of a token?

For debugging a complicated macro I would like to print out the catcode of a token. Optimally I would like to have a macro \getcatcode such that, for example, \getcatcode{a} would expand to 10. How ...
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Splitting macros to individual tokens/characters, with catcode (to debug conditionals)?

Consider this MWE, modified from ifthenelse equal string comparison fails: \documentclass{article} \edef\test{german\relax} \edef\curentry{\string german\relax} \typeout{test: \meaning\test, ...
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cryptic plain TeX: Twelve days of Christmas

Many years ago, probably in TUGboat, I saw a shortish piece of \TeX\ that immediately deploys catcodes and very quickly becomes completely unreadable, but when typeset produces the old "twelve days ...
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Changing catcode of Arabic vowel

I'm using XeLaTeX and Khaled Hosny's Amiri font for writing Arabic, the vowel tanwin fath is place above the letter alif (second word in sixth line in the output belw). This makes for a tall glyph ...
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Problem with catcode of @ (at-sign) in a package

I have put the following in example.tex: \catcode`\@=13 \let@\IND The problem is when I want to use my package eexxample.sty that contains example.tex, the comand @ won't come out, it will turn ...
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Empty groups {} when writing environment contents verbatim (but with expanded macros)

In answering this question, I noticed some trickiness regarding empty groups {} in an otherwise verbatim context. Suppose you capture the contents of an environment verbatim (as in that question), ...
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Potential problems from passing macro arguments to \verb

I've been working on a command that will typeset snippets of code within a paragraph. I'm aware of listings and company, but I want something that will just typeset the code verbatim and also allow ...
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SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \DeclareDocumentCommand\TestA{>{\SplitArgument{1}{:}}m}{% \Example #1 } \ExplSyntaxOn \DeclareDocumentCommand\TestB{>{\SplitArgument{1}{:}}m}{ \...