One of the book which I am translating is using "Ruby" macros and Ruby makes all pre-processing for LaTeX.

For Example, there is a command inside the document such as:

<% fig("soccer-ball") %>

which calls a Ruby script:

def fig(name,caption=nil,options={})   default_options = {
    'anonymous'=>'default',# true means figure has no figure number, but still gets labeled (which is, e.g., 
                           #      necessary for photo credits)
                           # default is false, except if caption is a null string, in which case it defaults to true
    'width'=>'narrow',     # 'native'=whatever the figure says it is, 'narrow'=52 mm, 'column'=76.5 mm,
                           #   'wide'=113 mm, 'fullpage'=171 mm
                           #   refers to graphic, not graphic plus caption (which is greater for sidecaption option)
    'sidepos'=>'t',        # positioning of the side caption relative to the figure; can also be b, c
    'float'=>'default',    # defaults to false for narrow, true for wide or fullpage (because I couldn't get odd-even to work reliably for those if not floating)
    'floatpos'=>'h',       # standard latex positioning parameter for floating figures
    'narrowfigwidecaption'=>false, # currently only supported with float and !anonymous
    'suffix'=>'',          # for use when a figure is used in more than one place, and we need to make the label unique;
                           #   typically 'suffix'=>'2'; don't need this option on the first fig, only the second
    'text'=>nil,           # if it exists, puts the text in the figure rather than a graphic (name is still required for labeling)
                           #      see macros \starttextfig and \finishtextfig
                           # For an example of how to do this, see SN ch. 3, "Gory details of the proof..."
                           # Tables and align* don't work in text, nor does \\, but paragraph breaks work;
                           # may be able to get around this with minipage.
    'title'=>nil,          # for use with 'text', goes above the text
    'raw'=>false,          # used for anonymous inline figures, e.g., check marks; generates a raw call to includegraphics
    'textbox'=>false       # marginbox(), as used in Fund.; won't work in other books, which don't have the macros in their cls files
    # not yet implemeted: 
    #    translated=false
    #      or just have the script autodetect whether a translated version exists!
    #    toc=false
    #      figure is to be used in table of contents
    #      see macros \figureintoc, \figureintocnoresize
    #    midtoc=false
    #      figure in toc is to be used in the middle of a chapter (only allowed with toc=true)
    #      see macro figureintocscootx
    #    scootdown=0
    #      distance by which to scoot it down (only allowed with toc=true)
    #      see macro figureintocscooty
    #    gray=false
    #      automagically add a gray background
    #    gray2=false
    #      automagically add a gray background if it's 2-column
    #    resize=true
    #      see macros \fignoresize, \inlinefignocaptionnoresize   }   unless caption.nil? then caption.gsub!(/\A\s+/,'') end # blank lines on the front make latex freak out   if caption=='' then caption=nil end   default_options.each { 
    if options[option]==nil then
    end   }   width=options['width']   if options['narrowfigwidecaption'] then
    options['width']='wide'; options['sidecaption']=true; options['float']=false; options['anonymous']=false   end

  # Generate fig_widths. To regenerate these, change false to true below, and then follow   # directions in ~/Documents/writing/books/physics/data/README. This data file is used by problems book.   if false && width!='narrow' then
    File.open('/home/bcrowell/fig_widths','a') { |f|
      f.print "\"#{name}\":\"#{width}\",\n"
    }   end

  if options['float']=='default' then
    options['float']=(width=='wide' or width=='fullpage')   end   has_caption = !(caption.nil?)   if options['anonymous']=='default' then
    options['anonymous']=!has_caption   end   dir = find_directory_where_figure_is(name)   if dir.nil? && options['text'].nil? then fatal_error("figure #{name} not found in
#{dir()}/figs or #{shared_figs()}, ch=#{$ch}") end   #------------------------------------------------------------   if is_print then fig_print(name,caption,options,dir) end  
#------------------------------------------------------------   if is_web then process_fig_web(name,caption,options) end end

I may make a reference to fig inside the document by using \pageref{fig:soccer-ball} but this is not handled by RefTeX. I have to write it by hand. But I want to complete it by running a command like C-c ) in RefTeX. (or using helm-reftex or ivy-reftex)

there is no label for the figure that I can use. I wonder I may define a new RefTeX macro such that it will parse the document and find all mentions with <% fig(" ") %> and give me all instances of it.

  • @Arash Asbati, Thank you and it is working. Although you could elaborate your answer a little bit how to generalize to other keywords. For example, I don't understand meaning [a-z-]. In the original post, I forgot to include second parenthesis. The original question should be ` <% fig("soccer-ball") %>` . Could you update the answer according to this.
    – ofenerci
    Jul 4 '19 at 21:25

RefTeX provides a variable for this purpose called reftex-label-regexps. You have to customize this variable with the appropriate regular expression which can look like this:


Enter M-x customize-variable RET reftex-label-regexps RET, hit the INS button, add the regexp above and hit Apply and Save. In Emacs, it should look like this:

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Now restart Emacs and open your .tex file. When hitting C-c ) RET SPACE, you should see an empty RefTeX buffer. Hit % to see commented labels. For me, it looks like this:

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Customize the value of reftex-label-menu-flags if you want to see commented labels per default.

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