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I need to find occurrences of abbreviations that are either:

  1. used before their first definition, or
  2. defined more than once

By 'defining an abbreviation', I mean manually adding the abbreviation within parentheses directly after the full phrase (as in Notepad), without any LaTeX methods.

Is there a TeX Live package, or an external script for this?

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  • without an example document to test it is very hard to guess an answer, what mechanism are you using to define the acronyms? Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 17:20
  • I edited the question. No LaTeX mechanism is used to define the abbreviations.
    – Orion
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 17:32
  • normally such things are done using a macro that automatically handles different presentation of the first use, rather than doing it by hand and then searching for such use. Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 18:22
  • Thanks, I completely agree (e.g., the glossaries package). The question is more relevant when LaTeX is not used in the first place!
    – Orion
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 18:31
  • if the question is how to search to find such idioms in a plain text file without any tex markup to mark definitions and use of acronyms, I think it's off topic, I don't see how tex can help at all. You will need perl or python or lua or some other regular expression plain text search tool Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 18:36

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