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

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Pre-expansion of moving macro argument

I am using databib package (datatool bundle) to get information out of a BibTeX database for arbitrary use in a LaTeX file. It provides a command to loop over the BibTeX entries. Within such a loop, ...
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How do I expand exactly once a macro which takes an argument

I thought I was finally understanding expansion, but then I wrote something along the following lines, and it has me a bit stumped. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{etoolbox} ...
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Expansion in forest

I am trying to expand a macro as part of a style within a forest tree. Here's an MWE: \documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone} \usepackage{forest,ifthen} \begin{document} \bracketset{action ...
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Using fully expanded result as a simple string (with citet and \IfSubStr)

I am breaking my head with that problem, without finding anything that could help on Internet : The initial problem is that I write an essay in French but I need to include some articles written in ...
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index, acronym and sorting, macro expansion

I want to use index together with acro: Whenever I use an acronym, I want it automatically in the index. However, not the abbreviation but the long name! What I did: I created a new command: ...
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What is the preferred way of expanding twice in expl3?

expl3 includes the o, f, and x argument specifiers for one-level and the two kinds of full expansion, respectively, before passing the argument to the base function. What is the preferred way of ...
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Setting a counter to a value obtained by expansion

I use the glossaries and minitoc packages. Minitocs are generated for all glossaries printed in the table of content, eg with the toc option for the glossaries package. When one prints the glossaries ...
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Expansion problem in a grid-like tikz figure

My goal is to automate a process where I have many pictures from a movie sequence and I would like them to be typeset in descending rows. For that, all my images rest in a folder and of course, they ...
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Use \foreach loop to execute macro with parameters of macro provided in a list

I have to execute a macro a number of times, and would like to provide a list of the parameters to be executed. So, instead of \FormatLinks*[Main Search Site]{Google}{http://www.google.com} ...
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How can I set a style in `\forestset` which requires delayed calculations with the results of node walks?

What is the correct way to wrap the specification for the tree below into the my binomial style defined in \forestset and why? The following code works fine: ...
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newcommand that does not expand at all

How do I define a command that exactly inserts its contents back into the source file without any reinterpretation, expansion, etcetera? In other words, I want there never to be a difference ...
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How can I use a variable from xstring with the text along path decoration from tikz?

Issue How can I get proper text expansion for text=\somevariable in a tikz text decoration. I think I have an expansion problem here. Set \releasedate Extract year from \releasedate in ...
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How to get LaTeX to expand at the correct position?

I have a latex document which in the main part lists a number of "tasks" (for students to solve); to each task belongs a "script", however, all scripts are supposed to be printed in an appendix at the ...
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Basics of scanning

I'm trying to master the art of scanning text one character at a time. The following is what I've discovered so far. Is this as good as it gets? I would really prefer not to do all those \edefs as ...
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\expandafter and \aftergroup: where do the 2n+1 and n^2-1 rules come from?

Both TeX primitives \expandafter and \aftergroup have "rules of thumb" stating that \expandafter should be used 2n+1 times to look n tokens ahead (is this correct?). A similar "rule of thumb" holds ...
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Problem with expansion of \@ifnextchar inside tabular environment

I'd like to define a macro that expands to \hline and \cline inside the tabular environment depending on the next character: \documentclass{standalone} \makeatletter ...
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Why this output using \string on the empty csname

How does this exactly work? \expandafter\string\csname\endcsname I don't know what I would expect to come from there, but definitely not \csname\endcsname_ where _ is a space. I thought ...
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Define an expandable function for comparing a token list to a string in LaTeX3

In LaTeX3, I could define a function for comparing a token list to a string \cs_generate_variant:Nn \tl_if_eq:nnTF { V } \cs_new_nopar:Npn \module_compare:n #1 { \tl_if_eq:VnTF \g_some_tl { #1 ...
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Appending active and expansion sensitive characters to a macro

This question comes up pretty often when people want to build tables with empty columns or similarly building up some active characters inside a macro hoping to expand them at the right time right ...
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Command containing babel shorthand not expanding [duplicate]

Greetings to the distinguished gathering of TeXperts! My problem is: if a macro is defined with a babel shorthand containing the quote mark (") as an active character, it does not expand when ...
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Delimited \def's and expansion

I try to understand how work the macro named \separator in MWE . \documentclass[]{article} \def\separator#1\separator#2{% \unexpanded{#1}% \ifx*#2% \else , \expandafter\separator\expandafter#2% \fi ...
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Could someone explain the tokenization process that's leading the whitespace creeping in here?

Here's a MWE that creates spurious whitespace: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{lmodern} \newcommand\aetest[2][\relax]{%% \def\aejunk{<#2>}%% \ifx\relax#1 ...
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loop in tabular that uses \the\count to access current line number

I would like to generate an autmatic table using loop. As suggested here before, it is best to first generate the lines in a toks and then pass them to tabular. However, I have problems with accessing ...
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Expand \def value from optional default argument? - Bug in \oldacronym (glossaries v4.02) - first use not respected and funny effects?

Edit: Bug only in glossaries v4.02. -> Update! \edef\args{[#4]{#1}{#2}{#3}}% \expandafter\newacronym\args% may be a way to expand unexpaned args. Is there a bug in the glossaries ...
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TeX/LaTeX: Macro for getting a length as number

I would like to write a macro getlengthin to get a length or dimen as floating point number in a specified unit. Here is what I have created so far: \documentclass{article} ...
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How to expand a macro into viewport= arguments(includegraphics)

How do I properly expand a macro \myviewport so that it is parsed as the viewport=0pt 10pt 100pt 200pt argument of \includegraphics[clip, \myviewport]{somepdf.pdf}? \documentclass{article} ...
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Inserting Macros in argument of \sindex[]{} aren't expanded

I've to build an individual register with \sindex[]{} from the splitxdx package from an outside generated TeX code. The call name of people with two firstnames is sometimes put in braces, sometimes ...
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Macro expansion and href with hyperlink

I have very simple question I hope! I am writing a book on MPASM (PIC) assembler and there will be very many similar links to programs, hex files, videos etc. These will be enclosed in a standard ...
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Refers to a node on a chemfig inside a node in a tikzpicture. Macro definitions

Consider the minimal example: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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In expl3, how do I smuggle in a three arguments when threading sequences?

I've got some code which essentially works as in this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N \l_aellett_current_choice_tl \tl_new:N ...
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LaTeX3 Expansion without \exp_after:wN

LaTeX3 reduces the need to use \expandafter/\exp_after:wN tremendously. But what is the LaTeX3 way for this problem? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \begin{document} \ExplSyntaxOn ...
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Expansion of verbatim material

I am passing a file name in the command line which contains underscores and would like to print the name of the file in the resulting PDF. So, need some expansion magic so that the output is: The ...
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Could someone further elucidate expansion, catcodes, and scantokens…?

In response to my question "With TikZ is it possible to pass the node content through a preprocessor?", @MarkWibrow suggested a solution using \scantokens. {\catcode`\_=13 ...
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How to parse a macro that contains a \let?

My situation is similar to, but hopefully different from How do I ‘expand’ a control sequence \let to a character?, as that question does not admit a positive answer. I want to parse, not expand, but ...
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Expand arguments in string substitution macro

Rewritten as minimum non-working example: \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \usepackage{xstring} \usepackage{xparse} \newcommand\textfromcase[1]{% \IfEqCase{#1}{% for the purposes of this ...
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How to pass parameters to Sage from Sagetex?

I haven't found a way to pass parameters to a sagesilent environment, so I wonder if it's possible. My final purpose is to combine sagetex with probsoln. The package probsoln lets you manage a problem ...
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Expansion for Macro to pass to scaleBox

I am trying to calculate some width in a macro and use the macro for scalebox. However I get a flood of errors when I try to pass the macro to scalebox. MinimalExample: \documentclass{article} ...
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Ignoring parts of text inside macro

Consider the following code: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{pgffor} \begin{document} \newcommand\containers{ \cont{aaa{\bf don't xstring me}aaa} \cont{bbb\large bbb} ...
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Conditional horizontal lines in tables

I am trying to typeset data that is read from CSV files using the csvsimple package. In the input data, there is a column that will tell me where to place a horizontal line between the rows. (In the ...
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Appending a command with evaluated parameters to a macro

I'm trying to have a command \appendtocmd that does that: \def\contents{Files:} \def\value{yo man} \appendcmdto{contents}{section}{\value} contents contains now "Files: \section{yo man}" so when I ...
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Expansion Issues When Passing TikZ Styles to Macro Created by Macro

I'm struggling (again) with expansions. This time I have a generic function \misdirection that creates a TikZ environment subject to a few options. Then, I create a macro \freezeStyle that creates a ...
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Passing the string value of a variable

The MWE bellow uses exsheets package to print the solutions to questions at the end of a book. The code doesn't work as it should as it seems to be an expansion issue. When, instead of ...
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Defining xkeyval keys within a loop

I have a project for which I make extensive use of the great xkeyval package. However, I'm still struggling with some more extravagant things. For example, I want to use enumerated keys (key1 to keyN, ...
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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 ...