I created a class in which I'd like to pass some parameters in \documentclass[parameters]{}. The parameters I need to pass are pdftitle and pdfsubject to the hyperref package. I succeeded in doing so, but if exist spaces in the title they simply vanish. So far I have written the following in my class:



\def\pdftitle{} % define the token to be called in the options
%   sets the token to be a recognizable command in the class options:



        pdftitle = \pdftitle,
        pdfsubject = \pdfsubject

And here an usage example of the class:

    pdftitle = Do You See Spaces Here?,
    pdfsubject = Where Are My Spaces?

    dummy text

You can see in the options that the pdftitle and pdfsubject got rid of the spaces:

No spaces in the title and subject

Although I could simply write those options in the document, they need to be in the class file. So here's my question: how do I preserve the spaces in the string I pass as a parameter? I'm compiling it with LuaLaTeX.

  • Even though when I enclose the string with brackets I got no spaces. – Levy Jan 4 at 23:07
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    That's expected, I'm afraid. The code for absorbing global options zaps all spaces. – egreg Jan 4 at 23:10
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    Related/possibly interesting github.com/latex3/latex2e/issues/85. – moewe Jan 4 at 23:11
  • @moewe I changed the name of class in the code (it was different), try to compile again to see if it works now. – Levy Jan 4 at 23:21
  • Sure. LaTeX zaps them as egreg explained and you can't even protect spaces from zapping by enclosing them in a brace group. – moewe Jan 4 at 23:23

You can make this work:

Title:          Do You See Spaces Here?
Subject:        Where Are My Spaces?

using input

    pdftitle = {{Do You See Spaces Here?}} ,
    pdfsubject = {{Where Are My Spaces?}}

    dummy text

The fact that you need braces to protect the spaces is an unfortunate feature of the core latex option handling, the fact that you need double braces and a space before the comma seems to be a feature of xkeyval's version of key=value parsing.

There are some plans to have an option not to drop spaces here but it is a tricky area, changing anything has the potential to break every latex document....

  • Thank you! It worked! – Levy Jan 5 at 0:40

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