{expansion} is about expanding tokens, including the manipulation of expansion order and the suppressing of expansion.

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\input{} as argument for \inputgraphic{}

I got a question very similar to this post (\includegraphics{\input{|shell command}}) which unfortunately hasn't been really answered. The aim is to make a command that invokes a python script to ...
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How to use the total page count in a conditional expression?

I would like to have different footer or page style depending on whether the document has one or more pages. I am not very experienced with TeX programming, so the answers about "Comparing an argument ...
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ConTeXt: Macro within macro for URLs

Background Would like to define a base URL that can be reused by other macros. Problem Using the \goto macro requires a fully expanded URL. Minimum Working Example Here's code that illustrates ...
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Expanding arguments to pgf/tikz styles

In an answer on this site is proposed a method to draw arrows on paths. For example, using the style [arrow inside={pos=0.2}] will put an arrow at position 0.2 on the path : \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Macro parameter delimited by more than one delimiter

TeX user can simply create the macro with a parameter delimited by an arbitrary sequence of tokens. For example \def\macro #1delimiter{...#1...} Is it possible to create a macro with a parameter ...
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\expandafter with \uppercase ordering

As I understand it, the behavior of \expandafter is such that if \a and \b are macros, then \expandafter\a\b will first expand \b then \a. But my understanding must be wrong, because I don't ...
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Expand a macro with parameters in tabular head

My eventual goal is to create my own tabular-like environment in which all entries are in math-mode by default, let's call it fancytable. (One requirement is that the first column be separated from ...
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Dump command as readable text?

Is it possible to dump the expanded form of a command as text? E.g. when I write a macro \newcommand{\mytest}[1]{\texttt{#1}} I would want to define a macro \mydump such that ...
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Workaround for open lualatex bug in \scantokens?

As package author I am in need of writing a manual with lots of examples. Now I started to make heavy use of lualatex in order to speed up operations which take a long time in TeX (of my package, not ...
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Completely expandable loop macro that also works in tabular

Since I normally use tikz in my documents, I mostly use the \foreach \x in \list loop to repeat things. However, this famously fails in tabular environments and also everywhere where things must be ...
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Arguments possibly delimited by \bgroup and \egroup

I still don't see (and haven't thought about) pros and cons of making available the arguments as \foo{…} or \foo\bgroup …\egroup (or even unbalanced, \bgroup …} and {…\egroup). But I'm curious about ...
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How to expand a macro to use it inside a question in AMC?

Context I'm trying to use AMC to produce an exam with code in it. However, the use of verbatim code inside the questions is beyond the scope of the package. They suggest to declare boxes and used ...
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\if and \fi inside different \def macros

Recently I failed to solve specific task in LaTeX. I wanted to make document with several sections, each divided on several subsections. Each section I had placed to separate files, and used \input ...
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Changing the behavior of $$ but not of $

I am trying to set things up so that occurrences of $$ are replaced by \] if in math mode, \[ otherwise. My strategy is to make $ active and have it behave differently depending on whether the ...
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Prepend and append options to options list in environment

I need to define a macro superenv that expands to the usage of an environment which accepts key-value options. superenv should have three arguments: the environment name, the list of options, and the ...
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Problems in expansion of a setcounter macro (Use of \csname doesn't match its definition)?

Followup to Split the reference counter for any numbered item (like with subequations) : I was trying to make a generic subanything macro, and I fail miserably - see MWE below for what I get as error ...
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Replacing some macro tokens in a list before \write ing

I'm trying to hack a bibliography package (amsrefs), and fall into the following problem. I'm trying to convert the amsrefs format back to .bib files. This doesn't quite work, because strings get ...
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BibLaTeX' \citefield not expanded as expected

I have run into what looks like a macro expansion issue. Consider the following example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{hyperref} \usepackage{biblatex} \begin{filecontents}{expprob.bib} ...
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Trim braces from macro content

I'm having macros with a content which may or may not have extra curly braces. I want to trim the extra braces but without expanding the rest of the content, if possible. The following code shows the ...
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Checking if first portion of an environment's content is empty

Motivation: I am working on a very personalized Exercise/Answer package for my colleagues. The exercise, exsheets, etc. packages don't do what I need. To accomplish this, I create an exercises ...
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How do you define a command to select nested groups?

Assuming a pair structure (2-tuple) is defined using groups {{<tokens1>}{<tokens2>}} is it possible to define a command \first#1{...} (and \last#1{...}) taking the surrounding group as ...
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Expansion in \endnote-argument for hints after exercises

A desired feature for the latex-templates that we're using for exercises is to give hints in a way that the students have the option of trying to solve the exercise without it (i.e. not directly below ...
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Without any built-in looping macro, can we just use a recursive macro to get a-b-c-d-e?

Without any built-in looping macro, can we just use a recursive macro to get an output of a-b-c-d-e? \def\aaa #1{#1-\aaa} \aaa abcde % expected result : a-b-c-d-e \bye Edit: Probably the best way ...
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How to use \edef to wrap an existing macro with @inmatherr?

I have a handful of existing macros that I want to wrap in some custom processing. Here's an example of the kind of thing I'm aiming to do: \makeatletter \let\olddag\textdagger ...
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How can I force expansion within this optional argument?

Oh look, a real question! In trying to actually complete something, I came across the following limitation of this lambda macro creator: it apparently does not work in the use case it was intended ...
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Understanding token expansion

First of all, note that this question is to be regarded as a learning question as I am not looking for a package (I know very well the xparse package). I am attempting to write a macro which has the ...
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How do I implement a string buffer in TeX?

I've recently learned how to create a macro to iterate over a token sequence using \afterassignment and \let in TeX. Currently, I'm trying to apply this to a tokenization macro (where "tokenization" ...
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\expandafter, \expandbefor : what else?

I have a macro that prints exactly what I want, but I can't use it nested in another one. As far as I understand it is because the fist one is not completely executed and commands from first macro ...
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\newrobustcmd not expandable as key-value?

I do some TeX experiments with 'postponed' content, writing it to some file to be included later on (not necessarily at end, but most time it would be appropriate to place it there) I defined some ...
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Iterating over pgfkey list - macros inaccessible

I have to draw a number of annotated number lines such as this: For this I adapt the pgfplots interface with a few extra keys. \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[ number line, ...
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How can I force lstlisting to expand an argument?

I'm trying to use the listings package with a variable language (it's actually for a package). However, I can't seem to pass a macro as the value half of a key-value pair. Here's a simple example: ...
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How to store tcolorbox's (multiple) settings in a macro?

I'd like to store tcolorbox' (multiple) settings in a (single) macro (in fact, a xkeyval's \cmdKV@fam@key macro) and use them afterwards via this macro (I know I should use pgfkeys instead, but my ...
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Vertical line in \halign with interrow spacing - LaTeX error

\documentclass[12pt, russian]{article} \tracingall \tracingassigns=5 \tracingmacros=2 \tracingcommands=2 \tracingrestores=1 \tracingstats=0 \tracingoutput=10 \tracinggroups=10 \tracingonline0 ...
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Macro concatenation via expansion multiple times with some tokens protected?

In the MWE below, I want to create a \doPlotCoords macro from scratch, by appending \addplot commands: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \usepackage{pgfplotstable} \usepackage{adjustbox} ...
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Expanding expl3 counter test at the right moment

I'm trying to get a counter to work, called \l__ioiooiioio_args_second_int in the example below, and I've declared to increment at each loop through \int_incr:N \l__ioiooiioio_step_int, but apparently ...
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Using a fp variable in a longtabu header

So, I am using the tabu package (which I need to use over tabular others for several reasons) to make a long table spanning several pages. This table contains currency amounts in a column, and I'd ...
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Footnote in \setarrayelement with memoir class

I'm using the memoir document class. I have problems storing a \footnote command using \setarrayelement. Here's a simple document: \documentclass{memoir} \newarray{aaa}{1}{1} ...
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Report all duplicate macro names defined by \newcommand

I have a shell script that produces a large list of macros in an external file in the form: \expandafter\newcommand\csname XX Name ABC\endcsname{some text ABC 1} \expandafter\newcommand\csname XX ...
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Why does this use of `\expandafter` not work?

I've written the following code: \newif\ifconsecutive \consecutivefalse \newcommand{\myfirst}[1]{#1\consecutivetrue\expandafter\consecutivefalse} \newcommand{\mysecond}[1]{\ifconsecutive ...
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Using \pgfplotstablesort with a dynamically named macro

I have a moderately large number of data files that I need to read in with \pgfplotstablesort, and in each case the data read in should be assigned to a macro for later use in a plot. The filenames ...
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Macro defining another macro with spaces in its name

I am trying to use the KOMA-Script command \newcaptionname which takes a macro name as its second argument, but I need spaces in it: \documentclass{scrartcl} ...
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Create bibliography categories and headings based on a list

I would like to be able to specify a list that will create categories and add entries to them. I am using pgffor for specifying the category name and the heading title in a convenient way. The ...
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Expandably change letter case and use inside \csname, without a package

I want to change the letter-case of a single character argument, and use that changed letter inside a \csname. And I want to do it without an additional package. For example, I want to pass a macro ...
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Apply command to list of elements separated by \and

I am trying to build a command similar to the \author command. It takes one argument with is actually a list of arguments separated by \and. The command needs to apply another command like \underline ...
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Define and set length in one command

Sorry this might be a very simple question, I am trying to cleanup a style file, and would like to write a command that basically runs the following code: ...
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How does expansion matter?

\newcount\@repeat% \def\repeat#1#2{% \@repeat#1\relax% \ifnum#1>\z@\relax% \advance\@repeat by -1\relax% \repeat{\@repeat}{#2}#2% \fi}% \repeat{2}{1}\\% \repeat{11}{f}\\% ...
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LaTeX3 Property lists and expansion

So, I'm trying to pass the "date" value associated with the current environment to a property list defined by a macro. It doesn't seem to work and I'm not sure why. Here's a MWE: ...
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Generate comma separated list with some non-empty strings

I'm trying to generate a comma separated list that uses strings that may or may not be empty. For example \mylist{\stringA,\stringB,\stringC} would expand to A, C if B is empty or B, C if A is empty, ...
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Show expansion of words [in popup] when mouse hover over abbreviation [duplicate]

I have quite a lot of technical abbreviations in my resume, is there a method to popup the expansion of the words when user hovers their mouse on the word ?
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Is implicit `\relax` in conditionals explained anywhere in the TeXbook?

I have been relying for years on TeX's behavior where, say \if1\fi expands to nothing and \if1\else\fi does the same. In the second case TeX inserts an 'implicit' \relax when it tries to expand \else. ...