{conditionals} is about macros like \if and \ifx that may execute other macros depending on whether certain conditions are true or not. Popular packages are {etoolbox} and {ifthen}.

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Unexpect differences between calling \ifmmode from within a command and outside a command [duplicate]

In answering another question regarding testing for math mode, I proposed the following command \newcommand{\testa}{% \ifmmode ^{12}\text{CO(1-0)}% \else $^{12}$CO(1-0)% \fi } But ...
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Macro with environmental dependent output

I'm trying to develop a macro that gives two different outputs depending on whether it is in math mode (i.e. $ $ or \begin{equation} ... \end{equation}) or anywhere else. The reason is that I use a ...
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Using counters and \ifthen in a macro: what's wrong?

I have (made, actually) a graphic of the forepaw-print of a bear that I want to use as a flourish mark at the end of chapters and a few other places. After finishing with the image, I created a mirror ...
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Is PDF capable of conditional display and, if so, how can I achieve it with pdfTeX/friends?

Most of the time, we (or more conservatively, I) think of PDF as a static format fit for printing. I've been surprised in the past at how versatile it is -- how dynamic and interactive it can be -- ...
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Variable persist outside environment

I am using the ifthen package for some conditional formatting. I am storing state in some booleans, but it seems that there is an issue with lexical scope. In particular, when a boolean is set within ...
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Conditional to \begin and \end some environment

The conditional structure of the macro of the MWE allow print two text strings as "true" and "false" alternatively. So you can print something like "false true false true false true" calling six times ...
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Include subsections depending on variables/ifthen [duplicate]

I am making a template for several books. I have a mainfile which includes the .tex files for my chapters. For each book, some chapters are always almost the same except for a few subsections. How ...
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Column break only if within first column of multicol

Background Creating books automatically using LaTeX-escaped user-generated content. Problem The book layouts make use of the multi-column package, with the book content separated into sections. If ...
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How can I toggle the document between print and view mode?

Is there a possibility to set a key into my header which defines the desired output of my document? I can imagine three modes: Print (black and white) Print (colored) PDF for display view With ...
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Conditional linebreak in align environment

I have a large document to typeset in two different page formats. Some of the equation lines are too long in the small format so I wanted to break some equation lines conditioned on whether the macro ...
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How to create command that creates new if command?

I want to load parameters (for conditional compilation) from files. I wrote command param that creates new if command and read parameter from file, containing following line: \paramnametrue % or ...
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expl3 switch for booleans: Is there a \bool_case:Nnn?

There's \int_case:Nnn, \tl_case:Nnn, \str_case:Nnn, but I can't find something like \bool_case:Nnn. I know I can write: \bool_if:NT \l__<mymodule>_<nameA>_bool { ... } \bool_if:NT ...
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newcommand does not work with \fi

I tried the command \newcommand{\fistudenti}{\fi} but it seems to work properly only in some cases. Here below there are two insances when it works and when it does not: WORKS: ...
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Setting \pagestyle{fancy} seems into create an error

Calling fancy page style is somehow apparently causing the following condition to test true. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fancyhdr} \pagestyle{fancy} \ifcsname chapter\endcsname% ...
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Replace and add a/to a specific sequence of tokens

Is there a way to find a specific sequence of tokens and add after it a command? Or is there a way to find a specific sequence of tokens and replace it with another one? And do it only if the sequence ...
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Biblatex: Convert doi-url into doi field

I use biblatex and would like my bibliography to only include a DOI field, whenever there is DOI information available. This involves two things: Biblatex has to suppress the URL field whenever a ...
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Is color undefined

I want to check whether a color has been previously defined, consider the below code which doesn't execute. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} ...
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Checking in LaTeX for a specific character?

I have a LaTeX problem that I cannot solve by myself. I have a repeating arrangement of characters which I want to format automatically in LaTeX. 1H-NMR (400 MHz; DMSO-d6): \textdelta 12.41 (s, ...
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Print macro content with condition

I would like something like the following: \documentclass{article} \newcommand{\acell}{} \newcommand{\bcell} \newccomand{\zcell}[1]{#1} \ifx\acell{A} \ifx\bcell{A} \zcell{yes} \else \zcell{no} ...
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Rotate image according to pagenumber

For writing my master thesis I have an image in landscape that needs to be oriented correctly when it is eventually printed in a book. If the page with the image is on the left side (even page ...
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What would be a suitable replacement for ifcsname in a non-etex situation?

From the pgfkeys.code.tex file: % This is useful: \def\pgfkeys@ifcsname#1\endcsname#2\else#3\fi{\expandafter\ifx\csname#1\endcsnam e\relax#3\else#2\fi}% \ifx\eTeXrevision\undefined% \else% ...
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Is a TeX macro defined?

I am looking for a way in TeX to check if a macro was defined. Currently I use a rather tangled way. I exploit a sort of side effect when comparing two macros via \ifx; this command returns: true, ...
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Test for a character, no matter if active or not (futurelet token)

I'd like to test for a character, irrespective its current catcode (i.e. active or not). This is very similar to How do I test for a character, irrespective of catcode?, however I cannot use ...
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Provide boolean from two arguments case insensitives

In most publications scientific names are abbreviated except the first time. Moreover, the names must be in italics and only the first letter of the generic name should be upper-case. The biocon ...
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LaTeX block conditional including

I am researching possibility of building an automatic brief datasheet template in LaTeX, taking data straight out of a database. The database connection part is possible and can be done with such ...
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conditional glossary style

I use glossaries to display a global symbol list but also local one for each equation. The first userkey is used to add the physical unit. But some smybols (like efficiencies or proportions) don't ...
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Expand command read from file

I have a file, that contains a list of latex commands each command per line. Now I want to read this file line per line and execute/expand the macros automatically. I tried the following but this only ...
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Test if a skip has an infinite stretch/shrink component

I want to implement an if-then-else depending on whether a skip contains a special character or not. So far, I tried the idea: convert the skip to a token list, and check if the letter f is in the ...
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How to test if an command is empty {}? [duplicate]

I used \newcommand* foo {} to define a command so the user could set it later via \renewcommand* foo {content}. How do I create a conditional statement (if then else) that tests if foo is empty ("{}") ...
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Test if a chapter has sections

Is there an easy way to test if a chapter has sections? The question is related to short tables of contents displayed at the beginning of each chapter and that would be empty when the current chapter ...
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How to write a \newenvironment with a conditional structure and one optional parameter

I would like to define a new environment with an optional parameter. Currently, I have \theoremstyle{plain} \newtheorem{prop}{Proposition} \newenvironment{propExt}[1][]{\ifx!#1! \begin{prop} \else ...
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Scan argument for parentheses

I'd like to define a macro which expands to (#1) if #1 does not contain any parentheses, but expands to \big(#1\big) if it does. I'd choose simplicity over generality: if a solution works in the most ...
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Is something the first item on a page?

How can i identify logically, whether something is the first item on a page, i.e. there is nothing above it (apart from header)? Consider the following, is is basically a feature environment, which ...
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How can I detect if an environment is right after a sectioning command?

I'd like to build an environment that would detect if it is right after a sectioning command (\section, \subsection or \subsubsection) and smart enough to detect if a float-type environment (say ...
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How to define a if-condition? [duplicate]

I found several entries about the fact that the ifthen package is obsolete. So my question is: how to define a condition check then? I have searched and I find several example for ifthenelse ...
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Simple way to switch inline asymptote figures on and off

I use the inline asymptote environment \begin{asy} to draw a lot of the figures in my papers. To those not familiar with asymptote, the asymptote package creates *.asy files for each of the asy ...
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Changing Template Header for Appendices

I am using a modified BYU Thesis Template for my thesis. I want to be able to change the page header for the the appendices to read "Appendix A Data & Display" instead of "Chapter A Data & ...
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Testing lines read from external file

I am trying to read some data from an external file and perform specific actions based on the contents of a given line. Below is my attempt to test a read line using \ifx - it does not work. I've ...
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How to make a conditional reference to a text label

I would like to make a conditional reference to an optional label in my latex document, see the Minimum Working Example below. Hence, IF the label exists somewhere in the document, THEN a reference ...
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Memoir oneside/twoside question

I have a memoir-class document: \documentclass[oneside,letterpaper]{memoir} which I set to oneside or twoside depending on if I want to create either an electronic copy (one side) or printable copy ...
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Load a package as optional argument

I'm creating my personal package. I'd like to use an option to turn on/off the line numbering provided by the package lineno. So, my sty file contains \RequirePackage{lineno} \linenumbers But if ...
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Expandable, very specific keyval processing

I am having a hard time trying to come up with an fully expandable keyval parsing macro which deals only with specific keys/values. I wouldn't even attempt this in full generality, that's way beyond ...
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testing for a documentclass option

I know that there are lots of similar question, but none of those have helped me so far - and I did google a lot. So my question is: I have a document class (emulateapj) which accepts a few options. ...
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Compile PDF without proofs

I am writing my degree thesis, and I need to make a synthesis of it: basically what I want to do is make a copy without the proofs...is there a way to exclude them automatically, without having to ...
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Boolean switch for conditional statement after its definition?

I'd like to use conditional statements in my preamble file and then define the value of the Boolean variable afterwards. The reason is that I import the preamble.tex first thing in my main file where ...
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Negating \ifeof

Trying to typeset lines from a file: \openin0=MyFile \loop \read0to\linein \linein \ifeof0 % Fails here \repeat Clearly, I want to test for not \ifeof, but I don't see a boolean ...
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Test for empty possibly itemized argument in tabu

For some reason, I can't test if #2 is empty in the following tabu use case. An Incomplete \ifx; all text was ignored after line 14 is thrown executing the following code. ...
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\if(username == foo) … \else .. \fi?

I think the pseudo code in the title says it all: How can TeX (or LaTeX) find out the $USER who is running pdflatex? I'm collaborating want the output to look very slightly different when I run latex ...
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If two columns LaTeX

I am writing a paper in LaTeX. I will need both the one-column and two-column versions of the paper. For this, the figure sizes/configurations need to be different in the two documents. I am looking ...
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Enable and disable contents of \chapter command

I have large set of contents for the user. For a different user I would like to show different contents. For this I would like to produce different output by showing and not showing some of the ...