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

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Arbitrary string assigned to variable?

How can I assign an arbitrary string - that may include special characters or even macronames - to a variable just as it is? e.g. like this: \newcommand{\mystring}{\assignstring{abc{}\w'\macroname ...
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Macro to extract (typeset) 'plain text' from a command?

Sorry to come back again with a similar post title (I had a post with this same title, then renamed it to PDF Metadata - Macro to extract (typeset) 'plain text' from a command?) - but I hope now the ...
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Xstring dealing with macros

I wrote the \bib command to reference authors in my thesis not using numeric or alpha references of natbib. It copies a piece of text, cut the first 60 characters (the width of my page} and put it ...
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String test, with complicated arguments

I have a command \mycom{} which takes 1 argument. The command should perform a test on the argument and do something accordingly. For simple arguments, I can use \ifthenelse, but I need to consider ...
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Extract first & last characters of macro argument?

In LaTeX, how do I extract/isolate/determine the first and last characters of a macro argument? Specifically, in the case I'm dealing with, the argument happens to be a base-10 integer (call it N). ...
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Extract number from string and compare problem

I try to extract the year, month and day from a string and write different text depending on the given date. I thought I could use xstring and etoolbox, but I can'st get it to work. Here's the code ...
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listings bug: space after quote collapsed when inlined with spaceflexible/fullflexible columns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: listings bug: space after literate replacement lost with spaceflexible/fullflexible columns I seem to have stumbled upon a minor bug in listings (version 1.4 as of ...
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String manipulation in ConTeXt

The ConTeXt wiki has an article about string manipulation, however, when I copy the code directly into my tex file, it compiles this code as text and does not try to compile it. There must be some ...
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BibTeX author tag string limitation

I've stumbled upon a limitation within BibTeX. I have to cite a medline entry which admittedly has a huge list of authors. When I take them all, LaTeX refuses to compile my document, when they're ...
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Substituting strings only when not bounded by letters or numbers

Using StrSubstitute from xstring I can find and replace matches. For e.g.: \StrSubstitute{I like to eat fish.}{fish}{apples} gives "I like to eat apples." \StrSubstitute{Do you want to ...
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Replacing characters in argument strings

I am trying to create a LaTeX command that will allow me to insert pre-defined tables with a minimum of fuss. This will also allow me to change the overall format of tables (e.g. caption above or ...
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Command representing an expansion of a summation

I am very new to using LaTeX to write equation. And I am now learning how to create my own command. I am going to write a command \Listn to help me to do this: \Listn{\sumup}{(#1)}{+} $\sumup{n}$\\ ...
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Using string variable with LaTeX

I would like to define one variable containing some text that can be changed locally. The following code gives one example of the featuring I'm looking for. \documentclass{article} ...
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\uppercase in \newcommand

I tried to use \uppercase in \newcommand: \newcommand\universidad{My University} \newcommand\Universidad{\uppercase{\universidad}} When I use this I get My University and not MY ...
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Splitting parameters in a macro

I have a macro like this: \newcommand{\listanimals}[1]{ Animals in the farm: #1. } So using \listanimals{pig / sheep / cow / duck / goat} will print: Animals in the farm: pig / sheep / cow ...
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Extract the numerical and non-numerical portion from text

I would like to extract the leading number and subsequent text from a string. I have an idea of using the xstring package to gobble characters from the right until I end up with a number or an empty ...
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Replace characters in string based on preceding and following character

The following two strings are the result of the expansion of a biblatex citation command: Unicom Computer Corp. (in re), 13 F.3d 321, 30 Collier Bankr. Cas. 2d 655, 25 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 152 (9th ...
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How to place a # character in a message?

How can I place a # symbol inside of a \PackageWarning inside of a macro definition? I tried: \PackageWarning{package}{# or \# or \string# or \hash} but either ## or unknown (for \hash) or Illegal ...
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string manipulation and catcodes

I want to detect whether an input line contains a certain substring, similar to the problem discussed here: Check if a string contains a given character The complicating problem is that the match ...
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“backspace” a character

It's not really "backspace" a character: I define a command, for example \foo representing bar, actually a macro for replacement. I need to produce the string bars with \foo. It's impossible to just ...
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Words of more than 32765 characters

When I compile the following document: \documentclass[10pt, oneside, a4paper]{report} \begin{document} xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx \end{document} where the number of x's is greater than ...
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Split long string into paragraphs

How can I test a string to see if it has more than one paragraph, and split a string that contains multiple paragraphs into two strings, one with the first paragraph of the original, one with the ...
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Letting strings start with a capital letter

I am writing a small book and try to build up an index reference. To make it a little easier I wrote a small script that enables my to type a word and also add it to the index: ...
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Conditionally including a TikZ figure

I have the following construction for a figure. The background is, when \submit is defined, only the caption is included, but no figure. Otherwise the figure is included. The problem is that I have ...
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How to remove all dashes (-) using a macro?

In a package, I'm building macro names from the values of options passed to a function. Now, the values should also allow a - inside, but the command names I'm building with \csname do not. So, I need ...
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How to concatenate strings, to e.g. create commands that return lists?

I was thinking about Felix' Question, where he wanted to return lists in TikZ. My approach so far was to return the single results as individual \nodes, separated one centimeter each. Now I would like ...
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Generating dummy text programatically using TeX/LaTeX

As part of an attempt to debug another problem, I have a need for a TeX/LaTeX command that generates some dummy text in place. I know of lipsum and blindtext, but they are not what they want. What I ...
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Programmatically setting a counter to a substring

I'm trying to set a counter based on the name of the current job. I've got the number I need by doing something like \substring{\jobname}{5}{5}} using the stringstrings package, and if I just output ...
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Using \footnotesize in tikz node labels

I have used \footnotesize to scale labels before and it has produced the desired results. But am having problems when I pass this as part of the label to a macro. The following MWE compiles but not if ...
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Include LaTeX file named with substring of current filename

I'm frequently creating presentations with beamer and need both the handout and the presentation itself. To avoid editing the file when I need to compile the other, I use \ifdefined\ishandout ... at ...
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\pgfmathdectobase macro \pgfmathresult digit index or bitwise operators

Is there a way to access each digit of a macro returned by \pgfmathdectobase (or \pgfmathresult) which is a binary number ? This would be useful for a function which prints the power set of a given ...
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\StrLeft has no effect on \citetitle

\footfullcite uses too much space so I decided to define a own command. I called it \footshortcite. It only display a pre- and a post-Option and the Author with Year. However, I don't like that most ...
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Force stringification of a length

I'm trying to include a background image of the correct size based on the two variables \IApaperheight and \IApaperwidth. To do this, I'm converting the lengths to a rounded text value and ...
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Changing catcode for commercial at (@) inside a macro to get it matched in pattern.

This question is related to TikZ: pgfutil-common: pgfutil@in@ - how does it work? and is a result of coping with that problem. I've already read How to change #catcode in a macro, but it didn't help ...
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TikZ: pgfutil-common: pgfutil@in@ - how does it work?

Having been writing small lib for TikZ, I tried to use this macro in order to search for @. Code compiled, but the result was false, despite that I was sure it was in tested string. So, I decided to ...
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How to pass a \def parameter to an inner command (StrSubstitute)?

I'm attempting to create 2 macros to simulate an array list as in Java for example. I'm using xstring StrSubstitute for this purpose, but I'm having a problem. Below is the code, it's a bit long as it ...
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How to capture the result of \StrSubstitute into a macro?

I have a macro, say defined as follows: \edef \temp{A.input 1} I want to replace the dot with hyphen and have the result being stored in \mystart. Something like that: \edef ...
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Nest StrLen and ifthenelse commands

Here is a sample of code I am working on: \documentclass[10pt]{report} \usepackage{xstring} \usepackage{ifthen} \begin{document} \StrLen{123456}\\ %Prints 6 ...
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Replacing entries in a csv list

I want to replace entries in a csv list, where the list parser can be arbitrary (eg: ,;:|). An example follows: \def\x{r;s;t;x;y;z} In this list I want to efficiently replace r,t,x by a,b,c via, ...
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How do I store the upper case counterpart of a string?

I have a string stored in a variable \word, and I want to store its upper case counterpart in another variable \WORD. If I try \def\WORD{\MakeUppercase{\word}} \show\WORD then the message ...
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How do I split a string?

I need to split a string into one or more substrings. I know that I could use the xstring package, but I'd like to do it using only inbuilt TeX/LaTeX commands. So, if I say \def\MyTeXKnowledge{Not ...
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How to get the string with \

Apologized for my unclear description. I wish I could explain my problem more clearly. In document, I wish I can just write something as "how to use \cmd \mbox in xxx" or "what is \cmd minipage ...
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xstring functions in section/paragraph headers

In the following example, \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xstring} \newcommand\foo[1]{\StrSubstitute{#1}{love}{hate}} \begin{document} \section*{\foo{I love Mondays}} \end{document} if I ...
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Replacing a substring

I've got a string like this: aXYbXYc, and need to replace the XY substring with a right arrow: a $\to$ b $\to$ c. Is there any function (also provided by external packages) to help me do that?
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Evaluating a string to a command

How do I construct a string in LaTeX (perhaps with variables) that calls the LaTeX macro with the corresponding name? For example, say I have defined a comment as \def\Comment1{Example text.} and ...
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Performing String Manipulation on result of \cite{}

I would like to perform some string manipulation (using the xstring package) on the result of a \cite{} (the bib package is given to me, and wouldn't allow what I want to do without a major rewrite). ...
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stringstrings replacement for XeTeX?

To construct a lower-case filename out of the mixed-case argument given to a command, I used stringstrings in LaTeX. Now I switched to XeTeX and it seems the fontspec-package has some interference ...
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Introspection and reflection with LaTeX/TeX macros

Below is a short program that can use \meaning and \string to let a combination of LaTeX and TeX commands to print out the listing of macros. Unsurprisingly (nothing can surprise me with TeX any ...
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String replacement in LaTeX

I'd like to know how to replace parts of a string in LaTeX. Specifically I'm given a measurement (like 3pt, 10mm, etc) and I'd like to remove the units of that measurement (so 3pt-->3, 10mm-->10, ...
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LaTeX: collecting “values” and spitting them out several times?

I'm cleaning up some old LaTeX documents describing an API. In the process I'm creating my own little style for describing the API, but I've bumped up against a bit that seems to force me into a ...