I know I can change a counter style as this:


(The above command will make chapter numbers be written in upper case roman numerals)

However, according to Wikibooks and an answer to this question, I can only choose among arabic, roman, greek and footnote symbols:

  • \arabic 1, 2, 3 ...
  • \alph a, b, c ...
  • \Alph A, B, C ...
  • \roman i, ii, iii ...
  • \Roman I, II, III ...
  • \fnsymbol Aimed at footnotes; prints a sequence of symbols.

Is there a way I can define my own symbol sequence for a counter?

1 Answer 1


You can easily adapt the definition of \alph which is defined like this in latex.ltx:

\def\alph#1{\expandafter\@alph\csname c@#1\endcsname}
  \ifcase#1\or a\or b\or c\or d\or e\or f\or g\or h\or i\or j\or
   k\or l\or m\or n\or o\or p\or q\or r\or s\or t\or u\or v\or w\or x\or
    y\or z\else\@ctrerr\fi}

So here is a MWE for a custom sequence.

\def\mysequence#1{\expandafter\@mysequence\csname c@#1\endcsname}
  \ifcase#1\or AAA\or BBB\or CCC\else\@ctrerr\fi}
%\section{Section} % --> LaTeX Error: Counter too large

Be aware, that this implementation stops working if the counter value is too high (in my example 4). So make sure you define enough symbols.

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