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 “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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Latex dynamic macro definition

I am trying to dynamically define variables. What I want to do is be able to define a person in the following way \definePerson{MrTestKey}{Mr Test}{0400 000 000}{mr@test.com} and then subsequently ...
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How to \let an xparse defined command?

Let \example be an xparse defined command, which takes one optional and one mandatory argument. The definition of \example cannot be modified (e.g. because it comes from a third-party package). The ...
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Defining Extensible macros

Question: For a macro that has only one parameter, are there any issues with defining it as follows: \NewDocumentCommand{\MyMacro}{% s% #1 = starred variant (*** unused as of yet ...
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Learning to use xparse

I'm learning to use xparse to build commands with optional arguments. But I'm having problems: I want to make a command called \topcat with output: \mathcal{O} if no argument is specified ...
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What is the simplest way to extract a URL from a .bib entry for use in \href{}{} (probably using Biblatex)?

I am trying to define a new macro with the following syntax: \citeimg*{<bibkey>} The unstarred form should simply produce \citeauthor{<bibkey>}, \citetitle{<bibkey>}, ...
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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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Biblatex is zeroing Bob! Is Biblatex incompatible with titling, Memoir and more?

Consider the following Minimal Working Example (MWE): \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse,titling} \NewDocumentCommand\makethis { } {% {\LARGE\theauthor\bigskip\par} } \author{Bob} ...
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Suppress xparse message “Redefining document command”

I am trying to suppress messages of the form: ************************************************* * LaTeX warning: "xparse/redefine-command" * * Redefining document command \MyMacro with arg. spec. ...
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Collecting environment content with support for xparse arguments

I'm trying to create an environment which uses xparse style arguments but I have to be able to use the whole environment content in the environment definition, e.g. as an argument. Ideally I'd like ...
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Text being output when none should be

I am confused as to why the MWE below produces any black text. As the code is below, the output is: However, if you comment out the \IfStrEq line then it works fine and the black text goes away? ...
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Changing \newcommand into xparse \NewDocumentCommand

I would like to change the \newcommand \shcpoint into an xparse \NewDocumentCommand. How can I achieve this? \newcounter{totalpoints} \regtotcounter{totalpoints} \newcommand{\shcpoint}[1]{% ...
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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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xparse empty arguments

I have defined a command using xparse as \DeclareDocumentCommand\mymacro{o o o} and I want to call it with various numbers of arguments (up to 3) \mymacro, \mymacro[test][two], \mymacro[][][test] ...
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How do I pass an expanded optional argument using expl3/xparse?

I have a command defined using xparse syntax: \DeclareDocumentCommand \foo { O{} m } {} Inside some other command (say, \bar), I want to call this command. The calling command (\bar) has to ...
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Why using a backslash in command definitions?

I want to know the reasoning behind the (La)TeX inferface for defining commands with leading backslashes. I see why a backslash has to be used to call (expand) a command (macro), but I do not ...
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Is it possible to use \index{\command} inside a \DeclareDocumentCommand?

So I've been writing a book of sorts where I've used xparse to create some commands and environments. Now, when the thing is almost done, I realised a index would be great to have! One of the ...
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Wrapping \cmidrule in a macro

In my earlier solution for Multivariate polynomial long division using LaTeX I had wrapped \cmidrule in a macro as its syntax alowing to shorten the end points was not standard: ...
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Processing a sequence of pairs

I want to process a list of pairs like this: {{a1,b1},{a2,b2},{a3,b3}} where the first items in each pairs are distinct. So, for each pair of those {ai,bi} I would need the following data: ...
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What are best practices when augmenting and building on the keys provided by someone else's package

The situation is one where I'm developing my own commands and environments which build on the commands and environments provided by another package: for ease of talking let's call this other package ...
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Optional arguments: xparse vs. xargs

To implement a macro that takes one or more optional arguments that do not have to be placed in the first position, xargs can be used as well as xparse. The latter seems to have more recent updates ...
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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 and key value arguments

I'm trying to learn how to do macros. I want to use xparse as it seems the most powerful tool. I also want named arguments, as numbered arguments make me, as a programmer, uncomfortable. I had some ...
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Test whether last letter of a string is upper case or not

I would like to define a command that will behave according to the nature of the last character fed it. But I'm having difficulty just getting the components of my command to work. I thought I could ...
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recursive multiple subscript and superscript with xparse

How can I define a new command with xparse, something like this: \NewDocumentCommand\tensorkor{ m >{\SplitList{,}}o >{\SplitList{,}}o } { ????? } that i can execute $ ...
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xparse: Define new command with multiple optional parameters

I'd like to define a new command with optional parameters using the xparse package. Please consider the following example: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{xparse} ...
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Using an array environment inside an xparse command

I would like to define a macro for optimization problems. My attempt is given below. I am wondering why \optimizationproblema works, but \optimizationproblemb does not (I get a "misplaced alignment ...
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On pitfalls of robust commands

These days, I’m more and more defining robust commands, e.g., using \newrobustcmd (etoolbox package) or \NewDocumentCommand (xparse package). Robust commands seem advantageous to me in many respects ...
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Use the s (star) argument with \NewDocumentEnvironment

Would it be possible to use the s argument specifier of xparse in \NewDocumentEnvironment so that we get an environment an a starred version of it? Actually it works, but the star goes to the wrong ...
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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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Automating table creation

I have the following table that I need to recreate quite a few times Due to its size and complexity (yes, I am a tex novice) I am looking into ways of automating the creation of said table. I try ...
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Package xparse \SplitList last token

I need to create a macro to render lists with a variable number of arguments (1+), e.g. \mylist{1,2,3} should expand to $\tilde{1}$--$\tilde{2}$--$\tilde{3}$. I'm trying to use xparse and \SplitList, ...
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Greek `\chi`'s subscript expressions: how to make it smaller or offset lower?

I am unsatisfied with the way subscript is rendered for the Greek letter \chi. This particular letter is rendered with a small downward offset. I occasionally have to prefix the subscript with ...
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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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TikZ path doesn't work with xparse generated macro

I am trying to use TikZ together with a macro that I defined via \NewDocumentCommand (for multiple optional arguments), but it doesn't behave as expected. TikZ is giving up on the path instead of ...
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Can I temporarily supress xparse's log messages?

I know that I can suppress all those annoying xparse logging messages about redefining commands using the log-declarations=false package option. I find that I can do this after xparse has been loaded ...
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New command and the corresponding star counterpart with xparse

The following works as expected: \newcommand{\engl}[2]{#1 (en. \textsl{#2})\index{en-ro}{#2}} However, what I want to achieve would be a * version of it which only adds to the indices, without the ...
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Defining 3*(2^4) complex macro at once

An Automata can be 1- or 2- ways, With Several Heads or a Single head Deterministic or Non-deterministic With a stack or not That makes 2^4 = 16 possibilities. However, for each combination, I'd ...
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How can I capture both superscripts and subscripts after a macro

This question piggy-backs on the answer to Capture a macro's subscripts/superscripts by the macro by egreg. I'm attempting to use the xparse package to create some macros and I'd rather not have ...
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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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How can I create an oddly-delimited macro, using xparse?

I have a partial version of this macro working, without xparse, but I needed to tweak it and it got too unwieldy, so I'm trying to use xparse instead. It's admittedly a farfetched macro, but I'm ...
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LaTeX3 best practice: using newed commands within package code

I'm quite new to LaTeX programming and currently looking into LaTeX3 and how to write a small ExplClass. This class should provide an allcaps command that I defined as follows: ...
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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 ...
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NewDocumentCommand-defined command in bookmark

I have a scenario where xparse's \NewDocumentCommand has a regression compared to any alternative I know, including ones defining robust commands. So I'm avoiding \NewDocumentCommand in this case, but ...
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Removing strange vertical space after first (customized) \item

I have a custom environment properties (that is almost ready for release to Github) that works like so: \begin{properties} \item[no max in reals] \forall a \in \Re, \exists b \in \Re : a < b ...
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Has LaTeX3 syntax possibly changed since this question was last answered

I am adapting the LaTeX3 answer in this question: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/61603 But I can't get the original MWE answer to compile using xelatex. I have renamed the variables, but the error ...
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Filling a table by iterating over a sequence produces an orphan cell

I'm trying to fill a table with content that is stored in a sequence by a custom command. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \usepackage{expl3} \ExplSyntaxOn \seq_new:N \my_sequence ...
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Define a New Macro via a Macro Using xparse Syntax

I am trying to set up a macro that defines a macro that is to be executed only once. With what I learned from Define a Macro via Macro if Given Macro is not defined I can do that via the ...
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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 ...