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

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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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Environment with delayed expansion

I'm trying to define an environment test that stores its contents unexpanded in a macro \testcontents. For example, the code \newcommand{\cmd}{bad} \begin{test} \cmd \end{test} \renewcommand{\cmd}{...
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Write on a file and input it

I'm trying to redefine a \tableofcontents-like command. I proceed this way : the displayed elements are written to a file, and the file is input when I want the display. If I know the toc will be ...
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Expansion in \numexpr…\relax versus \pdfstrcmp

The \numexpr...\relax construction in eTeX allows to evaluate numerical expressions, and it expands tokens fully as it goes. The \pdfstrcmp{...}{...} construction in pdfTeX lets us compare two lists ...
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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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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 it;...
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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: \documentclass{...
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“Flatten” macros prior to sharing LaTeX file

Is there a way/an existing tool to process a LaTeX source document such that for a given list of macro definitions (using \newcommand), calls to those macros are replaced by their expanded version? ...
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Extract the logically first slide in a Beamer overlay specification?

When writing Beamer slides for a talk, I find that I often want to have some text (usually math) visible on a group of slides and be alerted on only the first slide in the group. For example, I can ...
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Parse dotted string, extracting last part

I want a macro that will separate a string like "1.2.3" into two parts: the part until the last dot (call that the context) and the last number. This seems a pretty basic application of a helper ...
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Does macros get applied to the source code before compilation?

I wonder if this is true. The latex compiler first run though the document, and search for all the macro declarations. the compiler then go though the document, apply each macro as a string ...
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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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Command that changes its definition the nth time it's used

I need a command to behave differently the first time than the next times it's called. Right now I use \newcommand\foo{First\gdef\foo{Next}}, that is, it redefines itself the first time. Moreover, I ...
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Are we inside an edef?

How would you test whether we are in an expansion only context (i.e., \edef, \xdef, \write,...) or not? The only ways I could think of leave things behind (but the full expansion of that extra stuff ...
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Problems getting \expandafter\<controlsequence>\endgroup to work as expected

I have a scenario where I'm testing for a condition within a group which will then trigger inputting a corresponding outside file. The problem is that the outside file may contain control sequences ...
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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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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 \ifthenelse{\boolean{...
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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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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 \edef\attemptB{\...
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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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How does this answer work?

Harald Hanche-Olsen posted some interesting code in answer to this question. Could someone explain how it works? I understand (I think) the futurelet and the expansions. I don't understand: Where ...
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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 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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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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Expansion of macros and box contents

I don't understand the following behavior. Intro First, here is a simplified version of a macro I am using (which is itself a hacked version of a macro found in gloss.tex). If you have a string MY|...
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How can I know the number of expandafters when appending to a csname macro?

I am looking for an informative answer here. If I want to append to a macro, I have a couple of options, each depending on whether I want the items fully expanded, partially expanded (a certain number ...
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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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Implementing car and cdr in TeX

I've been trying to implement a macro that reads and transforms its argument into a different form...but I'm having quite a bit of trouble finding or creating even the most basic parsing tools. Case ...
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Expandable author names from biblatex?

Knowing that \printnames command in biblatex is not expandable as it is protected, and I cannot otherwise do much about it; I thought about going through biblatex.sty and reconstructing \printnames ...
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Getting to grips with Expansion

I've been trying to read through some examples and text about how expansion works, but I seem to be unable to understand how it really works. The code I am trying to get to work, is the following: \...
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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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\g@addto@macro appending code using parameter

After a lot of trial and error, I haven't been able to solve the following problem: A simplified version: I want to use \g@addto@macro to add code to another macro wich will use a command of the macro,...
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Expansion inside \AtBeginDocument

I'd like to expand a macro inside \AtBeginDocument, although I guess the concrete macro does not matter. \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \@for\x:=1,2,3\do{% \AtBeginDocument{\@input@{helper\...
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How to write a command to file

I am trying to write to a auxillary file using \newwrite\tempfile [...] \immediate\openout\tempfile=list.tex \immediate\write\tempfile{Text to write to file} \immediate\closeout\tempfile It works ...
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Using \typeout behaviour different with \newtoks vs. \def

I feel as I really should know this, but sadly I don't. Why is the output of \typeout{\the\myToken} not the same as having it printed in the PDF as \the\myToken. No problem with a \def, just with ...
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Expansion issue with \begingroup and \foreach

This question led to a new package: nowidow I'm trying to define a dynamic \begingroup command to get rid of widows: \usepackage{pgffor} \newcommand{\nowidow}[1][2]{% \begingroup\widowpenalties #...
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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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Using {\AA} when \r is redefined

I'd like to use {\AA} to input a capital A with a ring above. However, the document I am writing has to import some definitions which I have no control over. One of the definitions changes \r: \...
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How to save and restore the nodes between tikzpictures?

My English is not good enough so I beg you to excuse me if the question is long The next code is not very interesting but it may illustrate correctly my problem. I have a lot of macros and I need ...
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Package providing fully expandable conditionals

Is there a package providing a collection of fully expandable conditionals like this one: \newcommand\myif@num[1] {\ifnum#1\expandafter\@firstoftwo\else\expandafter\@secondoftwo\fi} Background: Let'...
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On pitfalls of robust commands

These days, I’m more and more defining robust commands, e.g., using \newrobustcmd (etoolbox package) or \NewDocumentCommand (xparse package). Robust commands seem advantageous to me in many respects ...
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Expansion problems with pgfkeys

I'm using pgfkeys, and a fairly adventurous syntax in which the values for some keys contain additional key/value pairs. (For instance, the value of the nodes key is a list of pairs, and the second ...
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Highlighting line ranges in a lstlisting: partial solution, but expansion issues

In my quest for a better solution for How to change appearance of a particular line when using \lstincludelisting, I came across the linebackground= option Martin Scharrer added to the listings ...
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Problem with csname macro expansion

I want to dynamically define some macros that essentially create a list of \refs. I seem to be able to define these macros but then I am unable to print them. Here is my M(non)WE: \documentclass{...
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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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On unprotecting (expanding) \protected macros (or, “the space after command name”)

I quite often come into a situation, where I need to obtain some text produced by a package macro as a string, like in say: Expanding (edef) a lipsum command? How do I "unprotect" an ...
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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 \renewcommand\...
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Recursive use of \renewcommand: How to make it work?

I am trying to define a command that is able to store the content of a section and accumulate it as new sections are created. My current attempt is the following: \documentclass{article} \newcommand{...
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Nested use of \ifcsname needs protection

I have a macro \command to ensure that the names of macros in my documentation are consistently formatted. Been work great, until I had an urge to procrastinate and had this brilliant idea that I can ...
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colortbl: new environments and how to apply \expandafter

This is a followup question from one asked by Andrew Howard. After some discussion, it became clear that colortbl has some issues with the names that can be used for a \newcolumntype. The result of ...