I have an array environment that is used to present inference rules (via a custom command). Now, these inference rules have names and i would like to refer to them using \label and \cref commands. I am guessing this is possible though the details elude me.

As a small example, this is the command:

\newcommand{\typerule}[3]{\ensuremath{\begin{array}{c}\textit{\scriptsize ({#1})} \\#2 \\\hline{\ensuremath{#3}}\end{array}}}

It produces an inference rule with hypotheses (#2), a line, a conclusion (#3), all topped by a name for the rule (#1).

My idea would be to add another parameter and something \label-style related to it, so that in the text later on i can use cleveref's \cref{} and then the name saved in the environment (and the related category name) pop up.

So i would write


and somewhere else

The \cref{labelidentifier} does ...

and the produced output should be something like

The rule name does

where rule is generated by cleveref and name is the one i specified previously.

  • Since you need to pick up a string of characters, not a counter, may be Heiko Overdiek’s zref-titleref, \gettitlestring and nameref have more to offer.
    – Sveinung
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 9:45
  • Well, @Sveinung, these are names i have not heard of before, i'll investigate, thanks! (working answers using them are still welcome)
    – Squera
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 10:04

1 Answer 1


Trick cleveref into thinking that “name” is the number.


%%% standard format
%%% more complex form

  \scriptsize (\textit{#1}) \\
  $#2$ \\


\typerule{modus ponens}{A\to B\quad A}{B}{MP}


The \cref{MP} does something.


I've also changed somewhat your command, in order to remove the acrobatic parts with \ensuremath and adding a better spacing with \cmidrule.

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  • Woah, that works (almost) perfectly! I still had to fix some of my math stuff that I sent as arguments. But many many thanks!! Just a clarification: the new counter is needed because it's a new "type" of reference, right? While the \def tells what to use as a name? the \def is the most obscure part. Also, what code is using the "booktabs" package?
    – Squera
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 10:22
  • 1
    The label-ref mechanism, which is enhanced by cleveref, uses the counter's representation stored in \the<counter>, in this case \thetyperule. A \refstepcounter is needed in order to start the business and make \label do its work of writing the desired annotations in the .aux file; this will use whatever the current counter's representation is.
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 10:28
  • The impossibel is solved in an hour, the miracles take a little longer ... =:-)
    – Sveinung
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 11:30

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