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

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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 string substitution

I am trying to define a macro \formatstr{\mystring}{(string empty)}{the string is: #1} which expands to (string empty) when \mystring is empty (as judged, e.g. by etoolbox's \csdefempty) and ...
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Define command either with or without \csname

I'm trying to do the same as this one, but with \def, \gdef or \xdef instead. Very quick summary of the other question: I wanted to print the command (not the contents of the command) regardless of ...
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Print name of command, defined by \csname

First off: I do not understand \expandafter and \noexpand completely which is probably the main problem. I have found a question that explains what it does, but still I cannot seem to make it work. I ...
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How to know whether or not we need \expandafter?

The following is quoted from Peter Grill's answer on question LaTeX dynamic macro definition. The \expandafter is requried as the \newcommand needs to be dealt with after the \csname. As a ...
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Why six \noexpand in a row?

Trying to understand TeX's rules for parsing dimensions, I came up with the following weird behaviour: \dimen0=1\noexpand\noexpand\noexpand\noexpand\noexpand\empty pt is valid, but ...
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Expandable 'character scanning' command that preserves spaces

David Carlisle recently offered a clean and rather elegant TeX solution to a question about expandable 'character scanning' commands. Unfortunately, David's solution does not preserve spaces in the ...
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How to use \noexpand in an \edef?

Continuing with my struggle to deal with expansion issues, I am stuck on how to use an \edef properly. The code below with the switches set as: %\def\ApplyColorToTitle{} %\def\UseMathrmInTitle{} ...
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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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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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How to “demux” several aspects from a `\foreach` variable with `\ifstrequal`?

How can I "demux" several features from a mode specification given in a \foreach? I would like to use a \foreach to draw several nodes in a TikZ picture. The loop will specify a mode for each ...
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How can I inhibit expansion through several layers of \edef?

I'm using a macro I've defined based on some suggestions here to automate the creation of tables. For example something like \newcommand{\clearrows}{\let\matrixcontent\empty} ...
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A LaTeX log analyzer application (visualizing TeX expansion)

Consider the following MWE, test.tex: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \begin{document} \tracingassigns=1 \tracingmacros=1 \def\aaa{something} \def\bbb{else \aaa, else} \edef\ccc{third \bbb, level} ...
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A \typeout (or expandable command) that can expand once - or with variable levels of expansion?

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \begin{document} \def\aaa{something} \typeout{=1==\aaa==} \typeout{=1==\meaning\aaa==} \typeout{} \def\bbb{else \aaa, else} ...
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How to redefine commands and environments, and make them acceptable for `\write`

My general problem is the following. I want to "convert" many .tex files into some other format (xml-like). I don't want to modify the tex files, I can only build a documentclass. The texfiles are ...
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how to create a fully-expandable environment [closed]

I know DeclareDocumentCommand from the package xparse. I am wondering if there is a version for environment ? I could also imagine a trick based on : declare the environment with ...
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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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Defining inside an \edef

The following throws an "Undefined control sequence" error: \edef\testa{\edef\testb{foobar}\testb} when it gets to expanding \testb. This problem is also mentioned in "TEX by Topic" 12.6.2. But no ...
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On testing two fully expanded character strings for equality

I know three macros that test two fully expanded character strings for equality: \ifthenelse{\equal{<op1>}{<op2>}}{<true>}{<false>} (ifthen package) ...
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Why does \expandafter not expand the full { } group?

I thought I had understood the principle of expansion ... but apparently not! \def\a{AAA} \def\b{BBB} \expandafter\detokenize\expandafter{\a\b} I thought that the 2 \expandafter would store ...
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An expandable 'character scanning' command?

Please consider the following MWE, for a "character scanning" command "\looper" which utilizes \@tfor: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{trace} \makeatletter \newcommand\looper[1]{% % ...
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Showing expanded `\let` command with `\typeout`

I have already seen the related page macros - What is the difference between \let and \edef?, but I'm afraid it still doesn't expain to me the following MWE: \documentclass{minimal} ...
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Create a capitalized macro token using \csname

Two things I understand and one thing I don't: I often use \csname to create user-defined tokens. For instance, the following code uses \expandafter to expand everything between \csname and ...
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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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Defining new commands inside a for loop

I would like to define a number of related commands by using the counter in a for-loop. For example, I want to define 26 commands like this: \newcommand{\calA}{{\cal A}} \newcommand{\calB}{{\cal B}} ...
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Expansion issue: How Check if options passed to an environment were used

I have an environment with portions of the content that being conditionally typeset based on options passed to the environment. The content of this environment is predefined elsewhere so depending on ...
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\expandafter parameters that are not commands

I'm using a custom command to format all tables in a document. Some tables share properties other than style, such as column definitions and headers, which is why this answer inspired me to even more ...
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expand macro in single byte encoded code

In this minimal (not) working example, I try to use single-byte latin10-encoded source file, and expand a command-macro containing a character with \catcode254: % -*- mode: latex; unibyte: t; ...
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Latex3 input/output and expansion of macros

I have a package that formats a course outline and have a macro that reads a formatted user file and turns it into a section. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N ...
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Using a macro evaluating to a set of xkeyval arguments as argument to another command

I am trying to code a macro that adds xkeyval arguments contained in a macro to a list of default xkeyval arguments. The following minimal example explains better what I want to do. ...
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'Undefined control sequence' error when defining a color through a macro

I'm trying to color a cell using its data value. However, when I try to compute some value (using the content of the cell) then the definition of the color color!\somemacro in the \cellcolor does not ...
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Print the counter given as an argument

I have a counterA and a counterB. I want to define a command \PrintCounter, which gets either A or B as argument, and then prints the value of the corresponding counter. I wrote the following code: ...
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How to add \hline to macro expansion?

I want to add one \hline to the macro expansion of this code, that is minimally modified version of David Carlisle's answer to Generating LaTeX tabular code during compilation. Compiling this with ...
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\unexpanded fails with undefined LaTeX symbols?

I'm actually not sure if the title of this post is correct. However, what is happening is that the following MWE \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \unexpanded{$\undefsym{x}$} \end{document} ...
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Execute non-expandable code inside a tabular environment

As there is no Expandable version of \InputIfFileExists or \IfFileExists, the question arises whether it is possible to execute non-expandable code in a tabular environment after all: File main.tex: ...
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Expandable version of \InputIfFileExists or \IfFileExists

From this question: Cannot use \toprule when doing \input inside tabular -- why? I know that everything inside the tabular environment should better be expandable. The MWE below suggests that ...
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Cannot use \toprule when doing \input inside tabular — why?

Using \input inside a tabular environment does not seem to work in all cases, but I don't see why. The MWE below gives the following error message: ! Misplaced \noalign. \toprule ->\noalign ...
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Force the expansion of a macro parameter without \edef or \xdef

Two days I am looking for a solution but I have no more idea. This is my problem. I'm trying to create a macro to automatically define new other macros to write references in a document. I want to ...
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How to use a counter in a \bookmark dest name within \BookmarkAtEnd?

I'm trying to do something similar as in this question. I would like to use the value of a counter in the name of a \hypertarget and in addition, I want to be able to refer to this name in a ...
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Convert string to file name and use in \href

I have a bunch of individual .tex files and want to be able to click on a link in one PDF file and have the appropriate PDF file open. These are small files, so don't really need to index into them, ...
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Macro to do nothing via a \def

I have encountered another expansion issue and have narrowed it down to this simple test case of a macro that does nothing, well at least it tries to do nothing, but is not all that successful. If I ...
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\expandafter within a \begingroup … \endgroup [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does \begingroup\expandafter…\endgroup do? In many of Heiko Oberdiek's packages one sees this type of construction: ...
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How to extend the \romannumeral-based \fullyexpand to handle empty/all-space arguments?

In Expandable full expansion of tokens that preserves catcodes, Joseph Wright presents the following code: \long\def\fullyexpand#1{% \csname donothing\fullyexpandauxi{#1}{}% } ...
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Can Texinfo's @value macro be made to work in the filename argument to @xref and friends?

Given a file xref-and-value.texi with contents: \input texinfo @c -*- TeX-PDF-mode: t; -*- @setfilename xref-and-value.info @settitle @code{@@xref} and @code{@@value} in \pdftex @set fngccint ...
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Why do some arguments in a macro need to be preceded by \noexpand?

I keep on studying the use of nested tikzpicture environments (sorry) and I discover the next problem. I'm not sure but it sounds like a problem with "fragile" commands. Perhaps, the problem is the ...
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\includegraphics: a command in the optional argument

I want to pass some arguments to \includegraphics via a command, but I can't get it working as I would expect. My M(n)WE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \begin{document} ...
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How to expand values stored in a token defined by newtoks

In this project, the directory structure and file names are based on three parameters, with there being one exception to both. Directory Path: \GetTexFilePath{}{}{} The directory path is based on ...
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Add space after LaTeX command

I'd like to call a command from LaTeX, which looks like this: bash -c "\myCommand -Tpdf #2.dot > #2.pdf" \myCommand is replaced by string variable, however the space after is also removed so I ...
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Get the lion to run in loops. Tersely

Various constructions can cause TeX (aka the lion) to go into an infinite loop. The simplest example is \def~{~}~, which defines ~ to expand to itself, then expands it. Now, if we exclude macro ...
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Detokenizing without extra spaces?

I have a need to pass through potentially arbitrary characters untouched and found this macro: \def\test#1{\expandafter\zap@space\detokenize{#1} \@empty} The problem is that \detokenize inserts ...