In the post Fake small caps with XeTeX/fontspec? I have found the following definitions to fake small caps

   \def\mycommandaux#1{\mycommandauxii #1\relax\relax\egroup}
   \ifnum`#1=\uccode`#1 {\normalsize #1}\else {\footnotesize \uppercase{#1}}\fi   

   % ...

   \mycommand{This text is set in fake small caps.}

\mycommand works properly in the main text. However, when \mycommand is used inside other commands like \title of \footnote it removes the spaces between the words.

So I wonder if there is any way to make the above command to work inside other commands or if there are other ways to achieve the same result.

In the code above \normalsize and \footnotesize can be replaced some \fontspec instructions. An advantage of the approach (or similar) is that it could work for generic fonts without small caps (I am aware of fontinst and the support for creating small caps in fontforge)

  • What is the question?
    – user10274
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 2:01
  • @MarcvanDongen The question is why does the posted code not work when used within another command like \title or \footnote.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 4:18
  • 1
    It can't work: it's a verbatim-like approach as \obeyspaces alters the tokenization of spaces. You need to use an alternative token-by-token mapping that respects spaces. These are always a bit tricky!
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 6:13
  • Any suggestion on how to do the alternative token-to-token mapping?
    – Guido
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 7:04
  • @AlanMunn Thanks for the clarification. It was sort of clear but Guido would do himself a favour if he stated an explicit question.
    – user10274
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


A different approach: with \fakesc you can store the "faked" text in a control sequence for later use.


\NewDocumentCommand{\fakesc}{ o m }
  \guido_fakesc:n { #2 }
    \tl_use:N \l__guido_temp_tl
    \cs_set_eq:NN #1 \l__guido_temp_tl
\cs_new_protected:Npn \guido_fakesc:n #1
  \tl_set:Nn \l__guido_text_tl { #1 }
  \tl_replace_all:Nnn \l__guido_text_tl { ~ } { \q_space }
  \tl_set:Nn \l__guido_temp_tl { \group_begin: \footnotesize }
  \tl_map_inline:Nn \l__guido_text_tl
    \token_if_eq_meaning:NNTF ##1 \q_space
      \tl_put_right:Nn \l__guido_temp_tl { ~ }
      \int_compare:nTF { \char_value_uccode:n { `##1 } = `##1 }
        \tl_put_right:Nn \l__guido_temp_tl { {\normalsize ##1} }
        \tl_put_right:Nn \l__guido_temp_tl { \tl_upper_case:n { ##1 } }
  \tl_put_right:Nn \l__guido_temp_tl { \group_end: }
\quark_new:N \q_space
\tl_new:N \l__guido_text_tl
\tl_new:N \l__guido_temp_tl

\fakesc[\mytitle]{This is the title}

\author{An Author}

\fakesc{All inside this are fake caps} and this is normal


But this is just a hack and real small caps should be preferred. The argument to \fakesc must consist only of letters and spaces. No fancy characters or commands.

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  • Who's guido (from \guido_fakes)?
    – einpoklum
    Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 20:21
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    @einpoklum Guido is the questioner; I usually take the OP's nickname for the prefix.
    – egreg
    Commented Mar 9, 2014 at 20:38
  • I have problem to use the command in \@makeschapterhead. It worked in \@makechapterhead but not in the stared version. Maybe some problem with table of contents.
    – Sigur
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 15:20
  • @Sigur Since this code doesn't use \@makechapterhead and I can't imagine how you're using it, it's difficult to say. Anyway, using faked small caps is the very last resort, better using a font that has the real thing.
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 15:24
  • @egreg, yes, I agree. But unfortunately the editor uses a font without small caps, so I have to fake it. I redefined the chapter head from the book class to change the font and I use \fakesc{#1} inside its definition. It worked for numbered but no for the stared one. Strange. If you have time I can try to make a mwe.
    – Sigur
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 15:29

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