{expl3} is the programming "language" written for the LaTeX3 project. It is a library of common functions for storing and manipulating data and performing higher-level logical tasks than commonly provided for in TeX and LaTeX.

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Latest MiKTeX-Update broke XeLaTeX with fontspec

I updated MiKTeX a few days ago and since then I cannot compile XeLaTeX with fontspec anymore. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \begin{document} Hello world! \end{document} When I try ...
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How do I get a value out of a group?

I've just recovered from my first real foray into LaTeX3 programming. It was ... an experience. Not a completely unpleasant one and once I'd gotten used to the syntax then I found it a lot easier ...
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LaTeX3 versus pure Lua

Reading this site for the last nearly two years I've learned a lot about LaTeX3 (which I had previously understood to be a defunct pipe dream) and LuaTeX (of which I was previously totally unaware). ...
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Moving to LaTeX3 for package authors

I would like to write a package using as much of LaTeX3 stuff as possible (in particular expl3, xparse and xtemplate). What should I read to learn these? In particular: I know that there are good ...
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What do ExplSyntaxOn and ExplSyntaxOff do?

Related to the question What do \makeatletter and \makeatother do? for LaTeX2e, here related to LaTeX3 What do \ExplSyntaxOn and \ExplSyntaxOff do?
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Where can I find the LaTeX3 manual?

Few month ago I saw a big pdf-manual of all LaTeX3-packages and the new syntax. I think it was bigger than 300 pages. I can't find it on the web. Does anyone have a link?
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Count the number of elements of each size in a list

Comment: The following question is somewhat similar to "Position of largest element in a list" but I'm (unfortunately) not familiar what LaTeX 3 programming so I'm forced to ask. :( Code: Consider ...
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aliasing vs variants — preferred practices?

This is somewhat related to a question I asked earlier here. I'm trying to split a token using a delimiter. However, the delimiter is stored in a token. Looking at the most recent documentation, I ...
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Position of largest element in a list

Consider the following: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \ExplSyntaxOn \cs_new_eq:NN \calc \fp_eval:n \ExplSyntaxOff \def\valueA{7} \def\valueB{19} \def\valueC{41} \def\valueD{31} ...
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Text within ExplSyntaxOn/Off

As below, I would like to test whether a user has input some custom text, and if not, then to display default text. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N \l_empty_tl ...
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\NewDocumentCommand with constructed csname

In the spirit of my previous questions Defining \xthinspace: Thin space only if not followed by certain characters and Ellipses & Correct Space Factor, I’m trying to define a generic \xspace-like ...
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Will LaTeX3 have proper support for hooks? Does LuaTeX?

Tex has powerful support for extensions triggered by events happen in generating output, by running one of six token lists appropriately: \everycr \everydisplay \everyhbox \everymath \everypar ...
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SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \DeclareDocumentCommand\TestA{>{\SplitArgument{1}{:}}m}{% \Example #1 } \ExplSyntaxOn \DeclareDocumentCommand\TestB{>{\SplitArgument{1}{:}}m}{ ...
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How to document a expl3 macro using dtx

I am writing the documentation to a package implemented in expl3 using ltxdoc, and the relevant part would look like % \begin{macro}{\conteq_args_once} % Some explanation % % \begin{macrocode} ...
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luacode and ExplSyntaxOn/Off

I'm trying to build some sort of an interface to a lua matrix module. I've navigated a few issues and arrived at something that I felt like I could probably modify to work. Anticipating the need for ...
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latex3 complaining about Undefined control sequence. But it is defined!

I've tried pairing this down, but each time I do that I'm either correcting my mistake or something. So here's a slightly unwieldy MWE. In a nutshell, what I'm trying to do is.... I'm writing a ...
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Extra line in a tabular using expl3 syntax

I'm having trouble using (the amazing) expl3 package with a tabular environment. Specifically, I'm getting a full extra row in my tabulars when creating rows using \seq_map_inline. I can avoid this ...
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TeX Live manager 2011 database corruption?

TeX Live 2011, up to date, on Windows XP. Example: \listfiles \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \begin{document} A \end{document} LuaTeX first error: LaTeX Warning: You have requested, ...
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LaTeX3-sensitive editors

I'm starting to embed LaTeX3 code in my custom classes and packages -- and enjoying it more the further I learn about it --, but at least to me it would make for an even better experience if, as it is ...
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How “safe” is it to use LaTeX3 (l3packages, l3kernel)?

Are l3kernel and l3packages present in most of the LaTeX distributions? Are they "stable enough"? I am asking this because I am preparing a .tex document for a client. I have found convenient to use ...
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Sum of finite series using LaTeX 3

Is it possible to calculate the value of a finite series, say, using LaTeX 3?
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Log all keys in a module

Using l3keys, is there any way to inspect the keys currently in a (sub)module? I'm looking for something like \clist_show, but for keys. \keys_show sounded promising, but requires that you already ...
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Splitting delimited token list argument

I wrote a little piece of code (function \getfirst:w) that splits its delimited argument at the first embedded :. The code works well if used standalone, but I am unable to place it into the .code:n ...
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Usage of \lastbox

As part of our LaTeX3 work, we provide a consistent interface to TeX programming through the expl3 package. We've recently been discussing the TeX primitive \lastbox, which is used to inspect or ...
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Is this branching code I wrote a bit obfuscated?

I've been away for a while and I forget if this sort of question is appropriate, but here goes. Recently I wrote some code (in expl3 but I hope it's clear enough) and in hindsight I wonder on its ...
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Store results of a calculation automatically under a new macro name

As I am now accessing values from tables via a macro to make dynamic references in the text (see here) and make calculations with it, I need a way to make the resulting variables under which the ...
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Can I store sequences in sequences with expl3

The documentation for l3seq states LaTeX3 implements a “sequence” data type, which contain an ordered list of entries which may contain any balanced text . but for many programming tasks it ...
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Confusion about Data Retrieval from a LaTeX3 Stack

I'm trying to perform a very simple processing task in LaTeX3, namely, defining a series of functions named in terms of the token lists retrieved from a clist as a stack. Each function will set ...
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Is it possible to tell l3docstrip to use another alias than @@?

The l3docstrip's main feature (replacing @@ by a module prefix) is very nice, except for those whose keyboards don't give a handy access to @ character (e.g. AltGr+0 on French keyboards). Is it ...
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TeX Live, Ubuntu - Update expl3 to l3kernel problem

I'm a noob with LaTeX. Trying to get my import package to work, I came across a dependency on the ExplFileVersion macro. Googling this issue, I realized I need to update my l3kernel package. The ...
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How to transpose a table in expl3

I've been very impressed with xparse and expl3, and have written a wonderful document command using \ProcessList that takes a comma separated list and turns it into a (basically) 1 column table. ...
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Is it reasonable to expect an expl3-compatible release of TikZ/PGF in the future? / Workarounds for using TikZ under expl3 syntax

Keeping in mind: TikZ uses space tokens significantly, and expl3 syntax completely disregards whitespace and will only become more prevalent, is it reasonable to expect a future version of TikZ ...
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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: ...
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\hbox_overlap_right:n{} vs. \makebox[0pt][l]{}

I stumbled about some, to my understanding, unexpected behaviour of the expl3 command \hbox_overlap_right:n. I was expecting all examples below to produce the same result, that is, the frame box ...
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Emulating \@ifnextchar in expl3

I would like to write an expl3 version of the following. \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \def\ie{i.e\@ifnextchar.{}{.\@{} }} \makeatother \pagestyle{empty} \begin{document} \noindent \ie ...
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How do the \xx_case: functions work?

In the process of answering expl3 switch for booleans: Is there a \bool_case:Nnn?, I tried to make sense of the various \xx_case: functions Expl3 provides. Here, for example, is \tl_case:Npn: ...
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LaTeX 3 read/write to file like toc

I tried to reimplement some kind of a toc facility. I write wouts argument into a file and try to reinclude this. So the Problem is, that \ior_str_gto:NN seems to stop at linebreaks. Please consider ...
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How do I use the sin function in LaTeX3

I am exploring some of the LaTeX3 routines and syntax. How do I get to use functions such as sin etc. I get an error with the sin function in the following (please uncomment sin function to view the ...
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How to count the frequency of a token in a token list

Is it possible to count the number of a token in a token list? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N \tobi_list_tl \tl_set:Nn \tobi_list_tl {foo~bar~baz} ...
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Generate l3keys meta key from subkey

I’ve created a simple package with options settable via l3keys2e. I was able to figure out how to make the syntax \usepackage[format = international]{phone} work, but I’d like to make the syntax ...
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Use expl3 variable decimal representation outside of expl3 block

Suppose, I have a floating point value inside expl3 block. Can I use it's decimal representation outside of expl3 block? This doesn't work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} ...
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Why does \msg_fatal: show a seemingly unrelated error?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \usepackage{everypage} \ExplSyntaxOn \AddEverypageHook { \sean_test: } \msg_new:nnnn { test } { message } { this ~ is ~ a ~ rubbish ~ message } { it's ...
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How can I give active characters definitions with expl3?

It's very much glossed over in texdoc interface3… \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand \Digits { m m }{ \group_begin: \char_set_catcode_active:N ; ...
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Use choice key with choices setting booleans

When defining choice keys with l3keys2e there are two possible ways and I use the one with sub-keys in a new package. When defining watch each value should do interface3.pdf says that I can use .code ...
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Is there a way to pad zeros to the end of a rounded number with Expl3?

I've been able to put a table of trig values together using expl3. However, I would like to pad zeros to the end so that all values have four decimal places. Is there a straight-forward way to do ...
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expl3 switch for booleans: Is there a \bool_case:Nnn?

There's \int_case:Nnn, \tl_case:Nnn, \str_case:Nnn, but I can't find something like \bool_case:Nnn. I know I can write: \bool_if:NT \l__<mymodule>_<nameA>_bool { ... } \bool_if:NT ...
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Text formating depending on conditions

I have some conditions which are stored in boolean variables, such as \bool_new:N \l_word_numbered_bool \bool_new:N \l_word_lowercase_bool \bool_new:N \l_word_centering_bool I need to format words ...
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Calculate quartiles of data set

Comment: The following code is taken from egreg's answer here. Code: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{siunitx} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn ...
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LaTeX3: Peek for spaces

I don't get space-observing look-aheads right. What am I doing wrong here? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \begin{document} \ExplSyntaxOn \cs_new_protected:Npn \testInNormalLaTeXSyntax #1 ...
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LaTeX3: tl_map with spaces

Is there a version of tl_map that does not ignore spaces that are part of a token list? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3} \begin{document} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_new:N \l_token_tl \tl_set:Nn ...