I am trying to write a course syllabus for a class that meets only certain days of the week (M, W). I want to check the day of the class and advance it by 2 days or 5 days depending on the day. The following code does not seem to work (fails at the \ifthenelse statement)



 \def \currday {\shortdayofweekname{\the\day}{\the\month}{\the\year}}
 \section* {\syldate{\today} \quad #1}


 \class{First Class} 
 \class{Second class}
 \class{Class after holiday}


The reason I want to do this way, is because I want to check if the \today is in a list of holidays and if so automatically advance to the next class day. Any advice on how to do this? More efficient code is also appreciated.

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    – Werner
    Dec 30, 2013 at 20:57

1 Answer 1


Hopefully, this is what you're after:

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\usepackage[ddmmyyyy]{datetime}% http://ctan.org/pkg/datetime
\usepackage{advdate}% http://ctan.org/pkg/advdate


\newsavebox{\MONDAY}\savebox{\MONDAY}{Mon}% Mon

  \expandafter\let\csname date@#1@d\endcsname\relax% Clear day
  \expandafter\let\csname date@#1@m\endcsname\relax% Clear month
  \expandafter\let\csname date@#1@y\endcsname\relax% Clear year

  \cleardate{mydate}% Clear date
  \newdate{mydate}{\the\day}{\the\month}{\the\year}% Store date
  \section*{\displaydate{mydate} \quad #1}% Set heading



\class{First class}
\class{Second class}
\class{Third class}
\class{Fourth class}
\class{Fifth class}
\class{Sixth class}
\class{Seventh class}


The process stores the date in mydate to join the interfaces of datetime and advdate. The comparison against the day-of-the-week is done by testing the width of the word Mon. Each three-letter/short-date has a different length:

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  • Great! thanks for the explanation. It is quite helpful. I have a follow up. I will ask it here.
    – Nikhil
    Dec 29, 2013 at 12:54
  • Follow up: I notice this is sensitive to the font. It doesn't work if I use the fourier font for instance (\usepackage{fourier}). How can I get around this?
    – invictus
    Sep 2, 2019 at 18:23
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    @invictus: Rather use \AtBeginDocument{\savebox{\MONDAY}{Mon}} than setting \MONDAY within the preamble.
    – Werner
    Sep 2, 2019 at 20:40
  • where exactly would that line go? before the declaration of \class? After?
    – invictus
    Sep 4, 2019 at 13:44
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    @invictus: This MWE should make it clear.
    – Werner
    Sep 4, 2019 at 15:38

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