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

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Unusual numbering: combine alph, Alph, arabic

I would like to have an unusual numbering aAa going as follows: 0 -> * ------------------------- 1 -> a 2 -> b ... 25 -> y 26 -> z ------------------------- 27 -> A 28 -> B ...
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Pass the contents of an \input command to a macro

I am having some difficulty with the expansion of LaTeX. I would like to expand the contents of an \input command before passing them to macro, in a pattern similar to the following: \outer{\inner} ...
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Omitting arguments in macro expansion

Changing a simple TeX macro like \def\macro#1 #2{#1 #2} into \def\macro#1 #2{#1} alters the output of \macro Hello world surprisingly for me to Helloorld My expectation would have been to ...
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Expansion Issue with omit list provided to \DTLdisplaydb

In my DB the number of columns is rather large. Hence, I am trying to eliminate any columns which contain only 0 entries. The number of columns, nor the column keys, are know upfront. So, I step ...
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String lowercase equality (newbie question)

i'd like to test if a string, once transformed into lowercase is equal to a given string. Here a MWE of what i'm talking about : \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{report} \usepackage[francais]{babel} ...
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\expandafter and counters not playing nicely

My google-fu has finally failed me... I'm trying to write a package that will allow you say \addauthor{name, email} several times and have the title page properly formatted. Here is a minimal example ...
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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} ...
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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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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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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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how to return protected command with one argument already validated in latex/tex?

I want a command that will create an unevaluated bit of LaTeX/TeX code (to be evaluated at the end of an environment, but this is not necessary information) that has been created using an evaluated ...
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(Why) Can't we get 'fully expandable' versions of every command?

I'm just starting to figure out what 'expandable' means in LaTeX, and why it is useful to have commands that expand as far as possible. In particular: If you want to \typeout some string to the log ...
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Expansion issue when adding to CSV list from within a \foreach

Another expansion issue that I am unable to guess at the correct combination of \edef/\expandafters to get to work. Background: Below I have defined \AddToCommaSeparateList which uses \g@addto@macro ...
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Use result from pgfmath with xifthen

I try to use the results of pgfmath calculations with cnttest from xifthen, but it fails: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgf,xifthen} \begin{document} \pgfmathparse{42+77}% ...
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Error with expansions

I am getting an error while trying to compile this minimal example: min.cls: \ProvidesClass{min} \LoadClass{minimal} \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e} \newenvironment{myenv}{}{ \def\aaa{test } ...
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How to expand an argument defined with \csname…\endcsname?

Similar to the situation described in Expand after all that stuff?, I have a macro looking like \somecommand{Some Argument}{\secondarg}. I also need to expand the argument \secondarg before using ...
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How to create an inline list via a macro

I want to create a macro that yields an inline lists. I can easily do this using enumerate* form the the enumitem package, but when I attempt to wrap this in a macro, I get: Extra }, or forgotten ...
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suppress expansion in macro call

What I would like is to suppress the expansion of the group as a parameter to a macro so that it can be expanded later. For example we want to pass the paramater unmodified as a string to lua or to a ...
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\( \) don't work with TOC?

If i write this line of code \subsection{Ranger \( n \) boules distinguables dans \( M \) boîtes} I obtain an error over the second \) (./Probabilité.toc ./Probabilité.toc:8: LaTeX Error: Bad ...
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Expand command and put result into a macro: Use of \value doesn't match its definition

I still struggle with the expansion of Latex. I try to calculate the a real number from a date format and put this into a macro \value. I need to expand the command with \edef because I plan to use ...
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Use macro to draw inside pgfplot/axis

I would like to implement a gantt chart function inside pgfplots. To draw the tasks, I have a macro that calculates the start and finish time of a task. However, when I use multiple tasks, the values ...
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Expanding command in \addchaptertocentry

I'm using a counter to increment months in a journal and the datetime package to turn the counter into months. The months then become chapter titles in the document, so I have something like this: ...
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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: ...
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Providing data series for sparkline environment

I would like to have the data series for a sparkline defined in terms of a macro -- or some alternative -- as opposed to have it set explicitly in the sparkline environment itself. My attempts so far ...
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expl3: \cs_generate_variant broke with the last update: undefined control sequence \::T [closed]

The last expl3 update broke my "continue" detection for the index. Here is a MWE: (EDIT: I realized it is possible to reduce it even further) \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{expl3,xparse} ...
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Nesting of test commands (IfStrEq, IfSubStr etc.) of xstring

The following code does not work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xstring} \newcommand\checkempty[1]{ \IfStrEq{#1}{}{% Empty }{% NonEmpty } } \begin{document} ...
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How to write \StrGobbleLeft output to an external file?

I have not learnt how the TeX expansion works behind the scene. Shortly speaking, how to write \StrGobbleLeft output to an external file? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} ...
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expandable optional parameter to enumerate environment

The MWE below, by using paralist package, is supposed to allow \begin{enumerate}[...] where ... is flexible in "some way" (inherits from enumerates above). \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{report} ...
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'Fake' variants in expl3

Suppose you have a function that operates on three tokens, \cs_new:Nn \@@_on_three:NNN { #1, #2, #3 } And you have a variable whose value is the three tokens: \tl_set:Nn \l@@_three_tl { foo } ...
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Expanding an argument of code added by \g@addto@macro

I would like to have the following (it's a part of a large code block): \def\C{foobar} \def\A{} \g@addto@macro\A{\B{\C}} Now \show\A outputs \B{\C} I would like to modify the 3rd line so that ...
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How to expand a macro used in the range of a foreach loop?

Motivating Example: Suppose that I want to draw the following tree: root / \ / \ / \ A B C D This is easy enough to do by explicitly drawing the two subtrees as children of ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of fully expandable macros

As I currently understand them, fully-expandable macros are analogous to pure/effect-free functions in functional programming. Correspondingly, things that are not expandable, such as \def, are ...
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\@startsection, hyperref and newunicodechar; protection needed?

When working with custom defined environments using \@startsection I found, after switching to newunicodechar for defining my unicode characters, that the sectioning headings give this peculiar ...
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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 ...