This should probably be obvious but it is not. Or not to me right now, anyway.

I want to generate a list of values (e.g. page numbers and empty values) and then pass that list as a value of a key (e.g. pages) in the argument of another macro (e.g. \includepdf).

I can generate the list of values I want easily using expl3. I can create the list as either a token list or a sequence. (But I can't use a comma-separated list here because I need to allow empty values.)

However, I cannot figure out how to pass this list correctly as the value of a key (pages) in the argument of another macro (\includepdf). Part of the problem is that I'm not sure how to pass the list with curly brackets around it. (Or, rather, I can do this with brackets with category code 12, but that is not much use here.) And part of it is maybe that I'm just missing the point somewhere.


\tl_new:N \l_my_fancy_tl
\tl_set:Nn \l_my_fancy_tl { 1 }
\tl_put_right:Nn \l_my_fancy_tl { , 1 }
\cs_new_protected_nopar:Npn \my_includepdf:nn #1 #2
\cs_generate_variant:Nn \my_includepdf:nn { Vn }
\tl_set:Nn \l_tempa_tl { pages={\l_my_fancy_tl} }
\my_includepdf:Vn \l_tempa_tl {example-image-a4}

For completeness, this doesn't work:

! Missing = inserted for \ifnum.
<to be read again> 
l.68 ...cludepdf:Vn \l_tempa_tl {example-image-a4}


How should I think about how I can fix this?

  • \tl_set:Nx \l_tempa_tl { pages={\l_my_fancy_tl} } – egreg Aug 6 '16 at 5:28
  • @egreg Thank you! I was sure that I'd tried that, but I must have made a mistake somewhere. – cfr Aug 6 '16 at 15:23

You're not expanding the value of \l_my_fancy_tl: change the code to do

\tl_set:Nx \l_tempa_tl { pages={\l_my_fancy_tl} }
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  • Maybe I tried it with a sequence and that didn't work and then failed to try it after switching to a token list. – cfr Aug 6 '16 at 20:40

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