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

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About those magic primitives [closed]

While learning TeX, I found some primitives are magic (e.g., \expandafter \futurelet \aftergroup). These primitives can change the expansion order of the input stream. Have anyone made any ...
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Comparing the arguments passed to a macro

I want to write a command which makes a norm of a vector, with following syntax: \xnorm{v}. I want the norm delimiters to adapt to the size of the expression contained in \xnorm{}, BUT I want also an ...
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How can I get these two nested \foreach loops to work?

I try to use nested \foreach loops to create edges between many nodes. \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node (a) at (0, 1) {}; \node (b) at (0, ...
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How to get character code defined with \let (! Improper alphabetic constant)

Here's a example with the "! Improper alphabetic constant" error: %% this is ok \newcount\mychar \mychar=\number`a\relax \showthe a % shows You can't use `the letter a' after \the ...
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Expanding a macro as many times as possible without error

I'd like compute cosets using the permute package. Here's what I have so far: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3,xparse,permute} \ExplSyntaxOn % Create a new command to compute the right ...
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Using xstring macros in edef

I've tried to use \protect to make the following \edef work but no luck. Can it be done somehow? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xstring} \begin{document} \def\abc{a,b,c} ...
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Moving the optional argument

When I create macros using \newcommand, I usually provide default variants setting some of the first arguments in a sort of partial application style \newcommand\five[5]{#1,#2,#3,#4,#5} ...
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expl3: \tl_put_right:Nx chokes on \{

I am trying to compose a command into a token list. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \begin{document} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N \__a \tl_new:N \__b \tl_new:N \__c \tl_set:Nn \__a { ...
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Reading (input) a file whose name is created with a label

I don't want to get into the details of why I want to do this, but I would like to: create a new counter called filenumber; create a file whose filename is \jobname\thefilenumber.txt and write to ...
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“Expanding” locally defined commands [duplicate]

I wrote a paper using custom ("locally defined") commands and environments (e.g. a new quote environment, loads of abbreviations, etc.). The journal requires me eliminate all non-standard LaTeX ...
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Expanding a variable within a protected label

I have some trouble with expanding variables within a protected label. I need a automatisated caption with a label all inside a command. Within the caption I want to have a two digit number ...
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Creating a new array column type dynamically

I am evaluating toks registers for various uses - they are still fairly new to me. I'm using them to construct a table column-wise. During this, I have come across an issue I have failed to find a ...
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\toks register expansion issue - or is it?

I am trying to assemble a table that occurs multiple times throughout a document. It always consists of some fixed columns, followed by a set of columns that appear in one table but are not needed in ...
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Can I expand a macro argument once without using a scratch register?

I'm still trying to get my head around how expansion works in TeX. One thing I can't figure out is how to expand a macro argument once without having to use a scratch register as an intermediate. As ...
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Differentiate reference based on type (problem with argument expansion)

Since I use unnumbered sections, I'd like to have a variation of \autoref that uses names instead of numbers in the case of sectioning, but keeps its usual behaviour for other environments. I've come ...
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Clarification about how TeX/LaTeX decides it's fully read in a number

I started off a bit confused about how \romannumeral works. Then I tried several experiments testing various ways of incorportating numbers into LaTeX and got even more confused. The following table ...
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Still having difficulty with use of `\expandafter`

Firstly, my apologies for any previous confusion, I've separated out various questions onto distinct pages. This problem came up in the context of trying to split a decimal number. Good solutions to ...
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Implement functionality equivalent to many thousand \savebox

I have a large (approx 600 pages) index of files, and for each file entry significant computation is required so that additional links can be added. The computation of these links takes quite a bit ...
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How to repeat text

I get interesting errors with the following macro. Mostly it works, but I get extra spaces after \noindent (but not after \newline). I tried using \loop or \whiledo (from ifthen) but get stack ...
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Short syntax for including multiple times the same pages in pdfpages

Using the pdfpages package I can do something like this to merge some pages of a document. \includepdf[page={1,1,1,2,2,10,10,10,10},nup=1x2]{mypdf.pdf} In this case 3 times pages 1 and 2 times ...
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How can I define a macro with literal square brackets in the body?

The following macro works correctly for enclosing an expression in parenthesis. \def\group#1{\left ( #1 \right )} I want to write the equivalent macro for enclosing an expression in square ...
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limiting expansion in marks

I'm trying to pass something complex (e.g. tabular) to output procedure through marks. Is there any natural way to protect from expansion everything that should be protected (presumably because of ...
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Preventing argument expansion

TikZ is able to define parametrized styles using arguments like #1. If used in \newcommand or \newenvironment, they mix up with the arguments of the command. The effect is so severe that the following ...
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How can I encode the current document as a QR code with pst-barcode?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{pst-barcode} \begin{document} \begin{pspicture} \psbarcode{\input{\jobname.tex}}{}{qrcode} \end{pspicture} \end{document} I tried placing \expandafters before ...
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How to manage expansion for this case?

My objective is to automatically compile parameterized template from within a main input file. For each compilation, a unique jobname and parameter are passed to the compiler. The problem is, passing ...
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Capitalization of datetime format

In languages like dutch, the first letter of the names of days and months are not capitalized unless they occur as the first character of a sentence. So I added the following code in the preamble of ...
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Defining a `\subtitle` macro - `\reserved@e` undefined

I want to define a general-ish \subtitle macro that simply adds to the \@title macro set by the user-level \title. Here is what I've got: \documentclass{article} \RequirePackage{xparse,expl3} ...
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Using complicated macro in \thanks command of abstract package

The \saythanks command chokes when \thanks has been called with a macro that takes (and executes!) another macro as argument: \documentclass[twocolumn,a5paper]{paper} \usepackage{abstract} ...
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How to pass a macro as the argument to \selectlanguage

The following mwe throws the error You haven't defined the language lang yet. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[american]{babel} \newcommand{\lang}{american} \selectlanguage{\lang} \begin{document} ...
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I'm confused about how expansion is happening here

I was really pleased that I could come up with a means of building the contents of a tabular environment using \foreach \x in {...} {...} structure. But I was curious about what exactly it would take ...
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Some misunderstanding about macro expansion

I have the following code which doesn't work: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \tracingcommands=2 \tracingmacros=2 \tracingall \makeatletter \let\sep\relax \def\put@stack@#1#2{\edef#2{#1\sep#2}} ...
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Expand LaTeX macros to modify

I am using the polynom package for polynomial long division. For example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{polynom} \begin{document} \polylongdiv{x^3-x^2+d}{x-2} \end{document} Notice that I ...
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How do I have to invoke \expandafter for a macro with multiple arguments?

\documentclass[pstricks,border=12pt]{standalone} \usepackage{pst-node} \begin{document} \begin{pspicture}[showgrid](-5,-5)(5,5) \pnodes{A}(-2,3)(3,4)(2,-1)(-2,-4)(-4,0) \def\points{(0,0)} ...
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Command doing the same job as StrBefore but being expandable

I am looking for a command allowing me to get 3 as output if the input is 3.2. \StrBefore{3.2}{.} works fine for this purpose but is not expandable and I need to call it in another macro inside a ...
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Use of a macro to set counter value in another macro

I am trying to simply set the value of the counter try which I defined previously to the value of the output of the \foo command. However this does not work. I guess that the problem is coming from ...
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Moving arguments inside group

I have a setup similar to the MWE below in which I have a macro that needs to be called in the document, and also regularly becomes a moving argument (in this case, inserted into the index, though it ...
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Use the argument command itself instead of its argument in newcommand

I want to implement a macro, that uses the command passed in the first argument as the command itself, not as the content passed by evaluating it. Something like: \newcommand{\foo}{bar} % definition ...
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Using an expanded macro for optional environment argument

I'd like to open an environment, passing the content of a macro to the optional arguments. Up to now I tried different approaches using \expandafter, however I could not get the expected behaviour. ...
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Using a macro inside the axis options for pgfplots

I want to create an macro to replace the string '{a,b,c}' in my code: xticklabels={a,b,c} so I set \newcommand\inputnames{a,b,c} xticklabels=\inputnames but this gives me the same result as ...
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Parsing rows (`\\`) and tab characters (`&`)

I have a use for parsing what would look like tabular input data, except that it isn't part of a tabular environment, but rather the argument to a macro. So I developed two macros, \readTABrow which ...
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Amsmath and tikz - conflict?

I have a problem with: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[french]{babel} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \pgfmathparse{ifthenelse(1<0, ...
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How to expand \ifthenelse so that it can be used in \parshape?

How do I get the following MWE to work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xifthen} \usepackage{lipsum} \newboolean{bar} \setboolean{bar}{true} \def\foo{\parshape = 2 ...
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Formatting code fragments extracted from file with minted

I would like to use the catchfilebetweentags package to grab code snippets from a source file and use minted to highlight them. Imagine I have the following in program.scala: //<a def ...
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Difficulty saving formatting to a sequence to be called later in my code

I had an idea about how to answer this question and started putting some things together. I wanted to put something together that was fairly powerful and could handle simplification of linear ...
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I need a fully expandable function to expand in an “f” type argument

I really hope that I'm asking the correct question. What I'm actually working on if far more convoluted than what's happening in the MWE here. I think I've narrowed down things to real problem. I ...
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How can I remove outer brackets without expanding content?

I'm trying to use pgfkeys to collect information that will be passed to a clist. But, I'm not able to get this to work correctly. It seems that I'm getting brackets around the list and is prevent ...
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Use input inside a spreadtab environment with calculations

My aim is to create a command for inserting tables, which will format the table, and add calculations on its values, given a file containing the raw data of the rows only. ...
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Problem with ^^<HEX>

I have small problem with ^^<HEX>. If I have a <HEX> part of the ^^<HEX> in the macro \def\attemp{<HEX>}, I cannot write ^^<HEX> as ^^\attempt or ...
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expandable unit conversion

I'm writing a package to assist typesetting documents for some special Pen & Paper Fantasy RPG. In this fantasy setting, there are three types of coins: gold, silver and copper pieces, which ...
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why can't \the be expanded?

\documentclass{article} \begin{document} \tracingmacros=2 \newlength{\len} \setlength{\len}{1cm} we want to write out \verb$\len$ in cm \the\len { oops, answer in pt} \setlength{\len}{0.0352\len} ...