Since I want to display several fonts I my document showing an example of the alphabet of each font I wanted to define a new command to easily get the alphabet; the code for this is the following:

\newcommand{\alphabetExample}{{\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont Aa\-Bb\-Cc\-Dd\-Ee\-Ff\-Gg\-Hh\-Ii\-Jj\-Kk\-Ll\-Mm\-Nn\-Oo\-Pp\-Qq\-Rr\-Ss\-Tt\-Uu\-Vv\-Ww\-Xx\-Yy\-Zz\-0123456789}}

However, the #1 isn't accepted - the command works if I write a specific font family instead of the argument. Thanks for any help, it would really save me a lot of copy-paste-work.

PS: Sorry if the tag isn't right, it's my first question here and I didn't know which one to use.

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    \newcommand{\alphabetExample}[1] you need to tell LaTeX that the number of arguments of the command.
    – Manuel
    Jan 31 '15 at 17:01
  • Oh! Thank you very much ^_^. I've started LaTeX only one week ago so I haven't got familiar with it so far. Jan 31 '15 at 17:03
  • @Manuel. Provided that it was the solution, put it as an answer, so that others may profit
    – Ludenticus
    Jan 31 '15 at 18:16

You need to tell LaTeX hoy many arguments the command has with [n], in this case just one [1].

  {{\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont Aa\-Bb\-Cc\-Dd\-Ee\-Ff\-Gg\-Hh\-Ii\-Jj\-Kk\-Ll%

You need to tell TeX how many parameters (and maybe their separators) is provided by the defined macro.

   {\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont Aa\-Bb\-Cc\-Dd\-Ee\-Ff\-Gg\-Hh\-Ii\-Jj\-Kk\-Ll%
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    But in LaTeX it is better to use \newcommand or \newcommand* when possible. [Naturally that's not so with alternative formats, and I know you eschew LaTeX.]
    – cfr
    Feb 1 '15 at 4:09

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