{strings} are sequences of characters (most commonly literal constants).

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Replacing an id (integer) with a string?

I have a tex document that contains sections that are automatically generated. These sections have strings that are observation IDs. I would like to have latex replace all occurrences of an ID with ...
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Substitute string that contains a backslash

I need to create a function that will transform a string such as: Hello\textbackslash{}Bye into this: Hello \\ Bye I have tried using StrSubstitute (from the xstring package) without success. I ...
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Recursive String Parsing

I have been working on writing a recursive stream processor in latex that converts a shorthand version of a set of highly used commands into a much longer form. The code below represents what I had ...
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Deleting duplicates from a comma-separated list of strings

This is a followup to Difference in compilation time between two slightly different versions. As became obvious when asking that question, the speed of that compilation is seriously affected by the ...
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Define an expandable function for comparing a token list to a string in LaTeX3

In LaTeX3, I could define a function for comparing a token list to a string \cs_generate_variant:Nn \tl_if_eq:nnTF { V } \cs_new_nopar:Npn \module_compare:n #1 { \tl_if_eq:VnTF \g_some_tl { #1 ...
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How to split input string in a LaTeX command?

I would like a new command: \myfunc{string}, where string is something like: "a,b,x,y,x" and the effect of the command should be the following: \func{a}\func{b}\func{x}\func{y}\func{x}, where \func{} ...
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Different bibtex tags content enclosing and string concatenation

I had noticed strange (in my opinion) behaviour of string concatenation in bibtex entry. I tested three different examples: @string{abc={ABC}} @string{def={DEF}} @string{abc="{ABC}"} ...
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Nested or variable functions of xstring

My idea is to use xstring package for dealing with some string tests. In my case, I used the \strLeft function for extracting the 3 first letters of a string. Then, I use this result in \IfStrEqCase ...
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How to load input file with given starting string but unknown end?

In the directory of my latex source there are input files: input_01.tex, input_02.tex, etc. It is very easy to load them with a for cycle. But how to load them if their names are: ...
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LaTeX: Access every character of an string variable

I'm using variables to create strings in that way \newcommand{\myText}{2014/12/20} \myText{} This works great. Now, I can to access every single character of this string (length is 10), because in ...
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Bibliography string 'print' undefined [duplicate]

I use biblatex and a special fonencoding for the cyrillic alphabet. Everything works fine, only the bibliography prints an additional, unwanted string 'print' at the end of each item. Here's my code: ...
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Strip control characters from token

I've added a hook to lstlisting to do some special highlighting. Now I've got it to highlight %-prefixed variables just fine, but I'd like to handle the special case "%this" in another way. ...
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Biblatex abbrevation for no author/editor/year/etc. in alphabetic style

I use an alphabetic citestyle with biblatex. Sometimes I have entries where no author or editor or year is given. For example there is often no editor for a proceeding. At the moment I leave the entry ...
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Replace every backslash in a string with a forwardslash

I would like to replace every backslash \ inside a macro (string) with a forwardslash /. The macro is intended to contain a filename in Windows notation which should be replaced by a valid (La)TeX ...
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Expand arguments in string substitution macro

Rewritten as minimum non-working example: \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \usepackage{xstring} \usepackage{xparse} \newcommand\textfromcase[1]{% \IfEqCase{#1}{% for the purposes of this ...
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A command for making a string of characters [duplicate]

How can I make a command (or is there an existing one?) which takes two arguments: 1) character type 2) N (count) and puts N number of characters side by side? \newcommand{\foo}[2] { % sample: ...
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Bibliography string 'by' undefined in Canadian

I use babel with the canadian language, and biblatex-chicago. If I use a @inbook reference with a bookauthor field, I get the following error: Bibliography string 'by' undefined at entry 'smith' on ...
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A command which concatenates a string an arbitrary number of times

I'm trying to define a command \repeatstring{#1}{#2} which repeats the string #2 #1 times. Here is what I tried: (it is based on what I found in How to concatenate strings into a single command?) ...
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xmakefirstuc combined with MakeTextLowercase

I am trying to convert a string as in the example, with all lowercase characters except the first. However, xmakefirstuc does not like me that much. Here's my MWE: % arara: pdflatex ...
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Creating bullet-list from string with delimiters

I want to create a bullet list from a string with delimiters in it. The delimiter in my example is | Example string: This is|A bullet|List from|A string I want to get that to become a bulletlist ...
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Defining a reusable string from within an environment

I write documents that rely heavily on the 'enumerate' environment. I'd like to turn any particular item from within that environment into a variable that I can use elsewhere. The idea is to ensure ...
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ifthenelse equal string comparison fails

I am trying to fix some problems with the accessibility.sty package from www.babs.gmxhome.de There is one string comparison which always results to false, i.e. the language code definition will not ...
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How do I implement a string buffer in TeX?

I've recently learned how to create a macro to iterate over a token sequence using \afterassignment and \let in TeX. Currently, I'm trying to apply this to a tokenization macro (where "tokenization" ...
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Extra the word 'numberstyle' in listing

What's wrong with this ? I define listing style like below. \definecolor{codegreen}{rgb}{0,0.6,0} \definecolor{codegray}{rgb}{0.5,0.5,0.5} \definecolor{codepurple}{rgb}{0.58,0,0.82} ...
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Replacing substrings by linebreaks

I have a LaTeX document with several authors that I enter like \author{First Author \& Second Author \& .... In some places in the document I want to print these authors with a linebreak ...
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Listings problem with quotes in a string

A single quote occuring inside a listings string seems to be interpreted as ending the string. Is there a way to avoid this from happening? \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[top=0.3in, ...
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numberstringnum or numberstring in lowercase

I have tried a lot to use the \numberstringnum and \numberstring macros but it appears incomplete or even do not appear on the text. So I tested in the female version, like below: ...
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Extract from a token containing a list with math content

I have a token which contains a list consisting of: a date in YYYY-MM-DD format, followed by a colon, and some text which may contain math. The text will consist of a sentence or two (i.e., no ...
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Change the color of capital letters

Is there a way to define a command that changes the colour of any capital letter in an input string? Most of the results I find when I type "LaTeX string capital" are results about capitalizing the ...
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Generate comma separated list with some non-empty strings

I'm trying to generate a comma separated list that uses strings that may or may not be empty. For example \mylist{\stringA,\stringB,\stringC} would expand to A, C if B is empty or B, C if A is empty, ...
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convert string to active character

in my book I will have to itemize a lot of things in different lists. That's why I want to reduce my commands to a minimum. This script is just part of a bigger macro. \documentclass{book} ...
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Split a character string n by n

I want to split a character string n by n. I know how to do that 1 by 1 : \documentclass{article} \makeatletter \def\s@plit<#1#2>{% \ifx\empty#2% #1% \else #1,\s@plit<#2>% ...
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Writing macros for tikz-cd arrow options

I'm trying to write a macro to let me write shorthand for tikz-cd arrows. For instance instead of having to write out the full command \arrow[swap, dotted]{r}{f^*} I'd like to have a shorthand ...
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Using strings to list parameters for tikz-cd arrows

I'm trying to write some macros for making tikz-cd commutative diagrams. In tikz-cd you can give your arrows options like "bend left" or "dotted", in a comma-delimited list: \documentclass{article} ...
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String comparison in \ifthenelse

I want find a certain line of text in a data file cities.txt: A;London B;Berlin C;Paris with the xstring and [xifthen][2] packages: \documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article} \usepackage{xstring} ...
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Using \newcommand to format numbers/strings according to a pattern [duplicate]

I'm an aspiring LaTeX user and have so far managed the first steps and created my first few documents. Coming from a programming background I've been wondering how you could use \newcommand to create ...
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Comparing last character(s) of the output of \ref to manipulate output [duplicate]

I am trying to write a command that will replace \ref in a special way. It will add some text next to the number based on the last character(s) of the number \ref outputs. I will try to explain this ...
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Latex: splitting/processing strings inside a latex command

Let's say I have \ingredients {% \unit[375]{g} & Farina 00\\ \unit[250]{g} & Burro\\ \unit[3]{g} & Sale\\ 1 & Limone } (you got me: I'm dealing with xcookybooky) ...
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Equivalent to “in” operator

I want to write a command that responds to an argument being in one set of reference strings or another. The argument takes a (musical) note name, and the command will print an accidental depending ...
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How to do multiple string replacements?

I want to escape URL paths to obtain the percent-escaping that is also applied e.g. by browsers. For this purpose I tried to do the following (out-commented lines are meant to show what I'm aiming ...
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Can I define a variable that contains a URL (youtube) and call \includemedia with it?

I can successfully embed a video in my latex file using a syntax like this: \documentclass[10pt,letterpaper]{book} \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amsfonts} ...
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Converting an underscored string to camelcase

I would like to take a string containing underscores and convert it to CamelCase. I am attempting to do this using the stringstrings package. Here is my code: \documentclass[11pt]{report} ...
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how to select a character (or word) from a list

Is there a way, with the following restrictions: No external pacakges (i.e., no substr) no conditionals (\ifnum, \ifdefined, etc) to select a character from a string? i.e. \CharAt{2}{ABC} ...
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Macro to get character width in ConTeXt

Background Looking to adjust the location of the first letter in a word based on its width. Problem The calculation resembles: \define[1]\StyleChapterChar{% \cldcontext{string.sub("#1",1,1)}% } ...
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Relatively placed overlay based on string length

Background Using ConTeXt I'm trying to reproduce the following result: The problem centres around the first character of the chapter title being offset a relative distance from the chapter title. ...
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Substrings in ConTeXt

Problem Trying to get the first letter of a word for a chapter heading. The chapter style is being applied as follows: \setuphead[chapter][ command=\StyleChapter, % Hide the header's ...
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How can I draw oval circle around a string?

How can I draw oval circle around a string? For example, when I have "1,3,4,6", how can I put them in a circle?
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pgfplotstable manage strings and values

I like the pgfplotstable package for reading and plotting tables but handling of strings and values (especially when strings contain spaces) drives me crazy... I often use a table as shown here: ...
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How to create a pre-processing command that accepts plain text and generates formatted text (based on configurable options)

Looking for the best way of creating a string-processing command in latex to achieve things like below: Given a long piece of normal text, and a set of keywords, automatically format the matching ...
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Replace and add a/to a specific sequence of tokens

Is there a way to find a specific sequence of tokens and add after it a command? Or is there a way to find a specific sequence of tokens and replace it with another one? And do it only if the sequence ...