A high-level package from the LaTeX3 project that provides a powerful mechanism for defining new commands with various types of arguments.

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How to change a \NewDocumentCommand-based \cite command to accept biblatex-style arguments?

Over at How to quote encyclopedia articles differently from books, magazines, etc. with Biblatex?, I was greatly helped with a macro which solved the question as it was asked. I'd now like to change ...
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What is the difference between \NewDocumentCommand and \DeclareDocumentCommand?

These commands are part of the LaTeX3 Project xparsepackage. This question is to satisfy curiosity… From xparse documentation released on 25 Nov 2014: \DeclareDocumentCommand will always create ...
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Is it possible to use {} as delimiter for an optional xparse argument?

I'm redefining beamer blocks to use tcolorboxes. I want to make the title optional, but want to keep the curly braces. How can I achieve this? I tried this: \documentclass{article} ...
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Combine mdframed, xparse and cleveref

Inspired by this post: Typesetting a definition, I wanted to define some fancy theorem-like environments. Contrary to the examples given in this post, I need a definition environment with a counter ...
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wrap around task environment not working

I am trying to create an environment wrapping a task environment (from the tasks package). To build the new environment I am using the xparse package. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} ...
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Check options in \newcommand or \NewDocumentCommand?

I'm trying to implement a custom command that is called like this: \mycommand[hello][world]{mandatory1}{mandatory2} OR: \mycommand[hello,world]{mandatory1}{mandatory2} However, I can't figure ...
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xparse's \DeclareDocumentEnvironment gives error on already-defined environment

I'm trying to redefine an existing environment subfigure defined by the subcaption package. To do this, I'm using xparse's DeclareDocumentEnvironment since that's suppose to declare a new environment ...
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Conflict between NewDocumentEnvironment and enumerate

I have the following document: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{enumerate} \usepackage{xparse} \newcounter{probctr} \NewDocumentEnvironment{prob}{o} {% \par \addvspace{.15in}% ...
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How to define a command that defines another command?

I have a command defined with xparse that looks like this: \NewDocumentCommand{\ME}{sogd<>}{\added[id=ME,remark={#1}]{#2}} (for the full code see Passing complicated argument patterns to a ...
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Missing \endcsname in xparse

I am trying to make my own class, with options for referencing. Short quotes work absolutely fine, but when it gets to longer quotes, for some reason, I get errors. essay.tex: ...
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Extending xparse for new arguments

I was looking for a way of grabbing sub and superscripts as optional arguments to a command in xparse. That is, \foo_{a}^{b} would receive a as an optional argument and b as another optional argument. ...
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pgfpositionnodelater with nested \tikz environments (Issue with PGF 2.1 -> 3.0 upgrade)

I'm trying to use \pgfpositionnodelater to create and measure nodes before placing them. (Their size influences where they should be placed) This works fine until I try to use \pgfpositionnode later ...
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How can I use the ampersand (&) as a delineator for tabs in LaTeX3 (expl3)/xparse syntax?

This idea evolved from the question: How can I get a count of the optional arguments with xparse? Problem I cannot get the ampersand to function as a delineator (for tab stops) inside the ...
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Trying to use collcell.sty with an optional argument

I'm trying to use collcell.sty with xparse. If I have macro with an optional argument, using it with collcell.sty does not seem to pick up the optional argument. For example: \documentclass{article} ...
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How can I get a count of the optional arguments with xparse?

Question Is it possible to get and store a count of the optional arguments actually passed to an xparse declare argument/environment? Purpose Regardless of the number of arguments provided ...
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Multiple uses of pgfpositionnodelater

I'm trying to generate and measure multiple nodes before placing them. Currently I'm using the following macros: % some helper / wrapper commands around \pgfplacenodelater % #1 = identifier for ...
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“Underfull \vbox while \output is active”, adjusting stretch/shrink does not make the error vanish

I intend to use the sidenote package along with David Carlisle's implementation of \marginpar based on \pdfsavedpos from the answer here: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/52436/44160. I've simplified ...
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Converting xparse commands to html

I've had a varying level of success converting LaTeX documents into HTML, but one of the major problems I've encountered is converting expressions which contain commands defined through the xparse ...
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NewDocumentCommand with argument specifiers stored in macro

I am trying to write some macros that in turn automatically generate other macros, depending on options etc. I wonder, if it's possible to use \NewDocumentCommand{\somename}{\standardargs}, i.e. the ...
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rewrite comand like a [key=value] using xparse or latex3 syntax

I've written a macro to use some command like a ltxdoc (\oarg,\meta,\marg) without using the textcomp and ltxdocto colorate and decide the font style with which the angle, brackets and text in ...
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Passing complicated argument patterns to a new command

I am using the nice changes package. Which basically provides three commands \added, \deleted and \replaced. Because of the structure and the fact that the optional arguments it takes, I think it is ...
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A clean interface for hooking into sectioning commands

Is there an easy way to hook LaTeX's sectioning commands, short of the good ol' \let + \def (or, with xparse, \let + \RenewDocumentCommand{s O{} m})? I'm looking for something in the spirit of ...
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Wrap natbib macros \citep and \citet

How can I patch the natbib commands \citep, \citet and the like? I have tried xparse (MWE below), etoolbox (the \pretocmd and \apptocmd commands) and xpatch (the \xpretocmd and \xapptocmd commands) ...
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Detect when a white space is needed after calling a command

Say I have an expression I often use so I build a command shortcut to typeset it: \documentclass[11pt]{report} \usepackage{xparse} \ProvideDocumentCommand \es{s}{expression ...
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number formatting macro using xparse and pgfmathprintnumber not working for one option

I am trying to write a macro that prints numbers with a couple of options. The macro takes one optional argument that is the precision of the output and a starred version that attaches a unit to the ...
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Strange behave of index and l3regex

I am experimenting with LaTeX3 features and get a strange behaviour in a combination from index and l3regex. I try to replace all occurrences of :<space> with the exclamation mark sign, so that ...
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Determine whether the macro/function is in subscript, in superscript, or neither

I would like to provide different formatting for an xparse command, depending on whether the command is expanded in superscript, in subscript, or neither. That is, I would like to know inside the ...
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Background color around paperwidth figure

The question could have been subtitled: "how to force a caption to appear always on top of object float". I have a complex set of configurations and commands which I could resume to that MWE. % !TeX ...
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Use a macro to define a \NewDocumentCommand macro without backslash

Or as, Werner simplified it: "How to define a command without backslash in xparse". Background: I am trying to set up a macro to define a macro for me (which will also do some other things which ...
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Go through a list of numbers in an argument of a macro

I would like to write a macro background which takes 2 arguments and each argument can contain a list of numbers separated by ,, such that the following code draws two boxes with borders inside. ...
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Conditional code based on token

This is a follow-up question to Xparse Adding backslash after each command. xparse allows for conditional tokens to be inserted into the parameter text for a macro using the t<token> directive ...
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Xparse Adding backslash after each command

I want to write a command. This is the example the commands should achieve: \begin{alignat}{1} Hello \\ Hello two \\ Hello three \end{alignat}{1} This should the commands look like: \mycommand { ...
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Getting an optional title with nameref and xparse

Suppose I defined an environment with an optional argument (using xparse) as in \documentclass{article} \usepackage{hyperref,xparse} \newcounter{exercisecounter} \stepcounter{exercisecounter} ...
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Why a `Missing = inserted for \ifnum` error for empty l3seq sequences?

I'm trying to use expl3 sequences in order to stored 0, 1 or more affiliations to 1 or more authors stored in a datatool database. The following MWE works nicely: \documentclass{article} ...
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\SplitArgument with underscore [duplicate]

Is there a way to use \SplitArgument macro with the _ sign? The following example don't works. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{expl3,xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand{ \testone }{ ...
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Indentation inside tcolorbox

I have a environment solution created with xparse and tcolorbox. I do not understand why package \usepackage{indentfirst} does not work inside solution. \documentclass[12pt]{book} \usepackage{xparse} ...
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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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If used insdide \cs_new(_protected), \IfNoValue(TF) doesn't detect -NoValue- at document-level

I guess my problem is related to Commands from xparse inside functions created by \cs_new:Npn? but I still don't understand what's going on: in the following WE (not minimal, sorry for this), why ...
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Show Answer Key with letter alternatives at the end of document

I have a document in which between some explanation texts I insert some numbered questions (it's a book, actually). Here's the basic of the code I have now: \documentclass[10pt,a4paper,oneside]{book} ...
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Color each letter in document

I am trying to define a command that changes the color of every letter in the whole document to a specified color. I already tried different approaches from this thread, but I was not able to color ...
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More robust macro for ranges AND series of lines, measures, etc

Starting with @egreg's marvellous xparse answer to my question about a Macro for abbreviated ranges (pages, music measures), how to define a similar command that can also handle non-contiguous ...
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NewDocumentCommand with an alternative to s

I'd like to make a \NewDocumentCommand using the s argument, but with + or - or ... instead of * and then be able to test witch special character was used. \documentclass{article} ...
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Combine todonotes with mdframed to highlight paragraphs and write notes

I am trying to combine todonotes with mdframed to create a unifying command that allows to write todos and and highlight paragraphs at the same time. The syntax is ...
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Defining a command to define commands where the name uses the argument using xparse

Using xparse I want to create a command which defines other commands. However I want the secondary command to consist of text and then the argument to the first command. For example For example in ...
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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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Workaround how to use expl3 functionality in tikz

What I want to do I want to create a command \planfigur{<edges>}{<angles>} which draws a triangle using TikZ. \planfigur should have 2 mandatory arguments, which let me specify edges ...
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Xparse macro not working when \obeylines is in effect

This is the most strange and hard-to-debug situation I have encountered in latex. When \obeylines is in effect, it seems that macros with optional argument defined by xparse will have some trouble. ...
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Different result using \newcommand and \NewDocumentCommand

I am writing a text which references a whole bunch of Brazilian norms. All of these norms are prefixed with "NBR". I therefore created the following command \newcommand*{\NBR}[1]{NBR #1\cite{NBR#1}} ...
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Retrieving text from a “database text” file

I refer to my question and the solutions in String comparison in \ifthenelse I hope I can make my question clear enough, I am not a technician. I use a kind of database file (simple text file) with ...
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Redefine \newcommand to insert code at start and end of custom macros

I would like to be able to insert code into the definitions of my custom macros, without having to modify each macro definition. This seemed like a simple case of redefining \newcommand, but this ...