I am trying to get a nand gate to work like the one mentioned in this article, and it takes issue with the ifnum being fed a single integer rather than a pair of integers with an equals. When I fix that, I come up with code that looks something like this:

 \ifnum \count0=\count1 \ifnum \count0=1 0\else 1 \fi \else 1 \fi

and at first seems to work fine, i.e. when I do \nand{1}{1} I get 0. However, when I try \nand{\nand{1}{1}}{1} I get =1 0 0. This does not seem to make any sense. Do I need to use a different keyword to force LaTeX to use the result of the command? What is causing this not to output 1?

  • First of all, \count0 is reserved for the page counter. – John Kormylo Jun 23 '16 at 3:26

Your assignments within the macro make it not expandable, and therefore you cannot nest it within other macros. If you go without the assignment, then you can nest them:

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  \ifnum #1=#2 \ifnum #1=1 0\else 1 \fi \else 1 \fi


\verb|\nand{0}{0}|: \nand{0}{0}% 1

\verb|\nand{0}{1}|: \nand{0}{1}% 1

\verb|\nand{1}{0}|: \nand{1}{0}% 1

\verb|\nand{1}{1}|: \nand{1}{1}% 0


\verb|\nand{\nand{0}{0}}{0}|: \nand{\nand{0}{0}}{0}% \nand{1}{0} = 1

\verb|\nand{\nand{0}{1}}{0}|: \nand{\nand{0}{1}}{0}% \nand{1}{0} = 1

\verb|\nand{\nand{1}{0}}{0}|: \nand{\nand{1}{0}}{0}% \nand{1}{0} = 1

\verb|\nand{\nand{1}{1}}{0}|: \nand{\nand{1}{1}}{0}% \nand{0}{0} = 1

\verb|\nand{\nand{0}{0}}{1}|: \nand{\nand{0}{0}}{1}% \nand{1}{1} = 0

\verb|\nand{\nand{0}{1}}{1}|: \nand{\nand{0}{1}}{1}% \nand{1}{1} = 0

\verb|\nand{\nand{1}{0}}{1}|: \nand{\nand{1}{0}}{1}% \nand{1}{1} = 0

\verb|\nand{\nand{1}{1}}{1}|: \nand{\nand{1}{1}}{1}% \nand{0}{1} = 1

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It works if you write it this way:

    \ifnum #1=#2 \ifnum #1=1 0 \else 1 \fi \else 1 \fi
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  • Interesting, any idea why? – nosyarg Jun 23 '16 at 3:54
  • I think, from Werner's explanation, that by having \counter1 and \counter2 defined/called within the macro, \counter1 ends up being nested inside itself. – Jeffery Shivers Jun 23 '16 at 7:12

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