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I have an equation that uses (\varphi) which I'd like to define with a text, like the following (hardcoded) example:

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The "traditional" way would be to do this in the surrounding text:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}

\textbf{Textbased}

Blabla where $\varphi$ is \texttt{definition}

\begin{equation}
\varphi = 1337
\end{equation}
\end{document}

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Now, doing a simple \text{def} would work, however this affects the alignment, as the equation is centered around the total equation, which includes the \text{def}. Furthermore, the definition is not right-aligned as desired:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}

\textbf{Quadbased}

\begin{equation}
\varphi = 1337 \qquad \text{defs}
\end{equation}
\end{document}

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Another option is listing a tag. This does what I desire, which is to define some variable to the side of the main equation. However, its main problem is that it actually replaces the equation number like so:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}

\textbf{Tagbased}

\begin{equation}
\varphi = 1337 \tag*{defs}
\end{equation}
\end{document}

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Anyone that has a solution?

1 Answer 1

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Welcome! You could use \newtagform from mathtools.

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\newtagform{defs}{\text{defs}~(}{)}
\begin{document}
\usetagform{defs}
\begin{equation}
\varphi = 1337
\end{equation}
\usetagform{default}
\begin{equation}
E=m\,c^2
\end{equation}
\end{document}

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As illustrated, with \usetagform{default} you can switch back to the default tag form.

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