{grouping} is about the grouping mechanism in TeX, and about local and global assignments.

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How to escape “]” in a description's item tag?

In a description like \begin{description} \item[\texttt{DoSomething(items[])}:] ... \end{description} , how do I escape the "]" character?
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Should LaTeX counters always be modified globally?

In this answer, egreg states that "LaTeX counters should always be modified globally". However, the etoolbox package provides the \defcounter macro which will assign a value to a previously ...
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Tikz: How to move a footnote in a node out of that group?

Apologies for the slightly strange title, I struggled to come up with something else. I have defined my own quote environment with brackets around the quote. In order to do that I use tikz and the ...
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Macro behaviour different inside tabular environment

I have a lot of problems lately with macros expanding (or not expanding) at unexpected times, so thought I was having a related problem here. But, in this case, things are working as I want outside of ...
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Restrict macro to an environment

I am quite a noob when it comes to customising LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I would like to know if there's a way to limit the usage of a macro to a specific environment. Consider the following macro and ...
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Is there a way to set a *global* key value using `pgfkeys`?

The simple answer to this question appears to be "No"; quoting from the pgf manual: The setting of a key is always local to the current TeX group. However, this is very annoying because it means ...
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Is there a way for a command to have a scope within item?

I defined a command \newcommand{\done}{\color[RGB]{124, 124, 255}} Is there a way to use it as \item \done la-la instead of \item {\done la-la} It bothers me to put brackets all the time. ...
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LaTeX3: how to define a variable locally

I am trying to learn the LaTeX3 syntax. One of the questions I have come up with is how to define a variable, i. e. a macro without arguments in TeX parlance, with local scope within a group. In TeX ...
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Name scoping issue (probably)

I'm trying to solve what is clearly a name scoping problem and don't know how to do it. (This discussion is extracted from a poorly-formed question about the same code that I posted yesterday; I've ...
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How to make a local variable in Plain TeX?

I want to simplify my code below by creating a local variable as a temporary container to save the value of \numexpr#1+#2+#3+#4+#5}. \documentclass[dvips,dvipsnames,rgb,table]{book} ...
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Making register declarations local, Undefining a register (count, toks, etc.)

Is it possible to make \newcount, \newtoks, etc. respect grouping, so that, e.g., \newcount\temp\temp=2{\newcount\temp\temp=1}\showthe\temp gives 2 (instead of 0)? Relatedly, is it possible to ...
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Booleans fail in tabular environment

I've got a workaround for this problem, but maybe someone knows a cleaner way to fix it. I'm using the standard packages in TexLive 2009. Here's the code that doesn't work: \documentclass{article} ...
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How to display some text based on a condition inside a tabular environment?

I defined a variable \@afwezig that holds people that were not present at a certain meeting. \long\def\@afwezig{} \def\afwezig#1{\def\@afwezig{#1}} Now I want to make the header of the meeting ...
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Why are box dimension assignments both local and global?

Consider the following code. \setbox0 \hbox{XXX} \fbox{\copy0} { \setbox0\hbox{ZZZ} {\wd0 0pt} \fbox{\copy0} } \fbox{\box0} This produces three ruled boxes. The two XXXs ...
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When should one use \begingroup instead of \bgroup?

Is there ever a case when the use of \begingroup is preferred to \bgroup? Obviously, \bgroup is necessary in cases where you need to have balanced braces and thus cannot use {, but when is it ...