Trying to keep this simple. Given that the following, what is wrong with the commented out code (neither one works unfortunately), and what is an alternative way to do that? "That" being access a property list via a key which needs to be expanded.



\tl_new:N \templist
\prop_new:N \tablestart
    \prop_put:Nnn \tablestart {u}{tablestart 1}
    \prop_put:Nnn \tablestart {u}{tablestart 2}
    \prop_put:Nnn \tablestart {u}{tablestart 3}
\tl_new:N \tablebody
\seq_new:N \entryuvw
    \seq_put_right:Nn \entryuvw {u}
    \seq_put_right:Nn \entryuvw {v}
    \seq_put_right:Nn \entryuvw {w}

\cs_new_protected:Nn \make_entry:n {
    \int_step_inline:nnnn { 1 } { 1 } { 3 } {
        \tl_set:Nx \templist {\seq_item:Nn \entryuvw {##1}}
        %\prop_get:NxN \tablestart {\tl_use:N \templist} \tablebody
        %\prop_get:NVN \tablestart \templist \tablebody

\make_entry:n {}


needs an output line
  • First of all \cs_generate_variant:Nn \prop_get:NnN { Nx }.
    – Manuel
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 21:00
  • I dont understand, what does that do exactly?
    – Bob
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 21:39
  • I meant that it wasn't defined. You need to generate \prop_get:NxN if it is not defined.
    – Manuel
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 23:40

1 Answer 1


You should use

\prop_get:NVN \tablestart \templist \tablebody

which is equivalent to

\prop_get:NnN \tablestart {<contents of \templist>} \tablebody

Your naming of variables is wrong, I'm afraid: please adhere to the expl3 conventions in this regard.



\tl_new:N \l_bob_templist_tl
\tl_new:N \l_bob_tablebody_tl
\prop_new:N \l_bob_tablestart_prop
\seq_new:N \l_bob_entryuvw_seq

\prop_put:Nnn \l_bob_tablestart_prop {u}{tablestart 1}
\prop_put:Nnn \l_bob_tablestart_prop {v}{tablestart 2}
\prop_put:Nnn \l_bob_tablestart_prop {w}{tablestart 3}

\seq_put_right:Nn \l_bob_entryuvw_seq {u}
\seq_put_right:Nn \l_bob_entryuvw_seq {v}
\seq_put_right:Nn \l_bob_entryuvw_seq {w}

\cs_new_protected:Nn \make_entry:
  \int_step_inline:nnnn { 1 } { 1 } { 3 }
    \tl_set:Nx \l_bob_templist_tl {\seq_item:Nn \l_bob_entryuvw_seq {##1}}
    \prop_get:NVN \l_bob_tablestart_prop \l_bob_templist_tl \l_bob_tablebody_tl





I've made the macro to print the contents of the two token list variables for checking that the result is what's expected.

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  • Darn it I even tried that, but not until I had made this minimum working example, in which I made a typo in line 10,11, and 12, in which I accidentally assigned all three property values to the same key. Anyways thanks for the help egreg. As for the naming thing I am confused. When I first asked about this and did some research I was led to believe that the names didnt actually have an effect? Does adding the variable type and local/global actually change the way it works?
    – Bob
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 22:12

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