+------------------------------------+ | NEWCOMMAND.PY | | | | More flexible argument processing | | than what \newcommand provides | | | | By Scott Pakin, firstname.lastname@example.org | +------------------------------------+ Description ----------- LaTeX's \newcommand is fairly limited in the way it processes optional arguments, but the TeX alternative, a batch of \defs and \futurelets, can be overwhelming to the casual LaTeX user. newcommand.py is a Python program that automatically generates LaTeX macro definitions for macros that require more powerful argument processing than \newcommand can handle. newcommand.py is intended for LaTeX advanced beginners (i.e., those who know how to use \newcommand but not internal LaTeX2e commands such as \@ifnextchar) and for more advanced users who want to save some typing when defining complex macros. With newcommand.py, the user specifies a template for a macro's arguments. newcommand.py then custom-generates a macro definition according to the user's specifications and includes a user-friendly "Put code here" comment to indicate where the macro's main code should appear. newcommand.py supports arbitrary interleavings of required and optional arguments, starred macros, mandatory literal text, macros with more than nine arguments, optional arguments delimited by parentheses instead of square brackets, and optional arguments whose value defaults to the value given for a prior argument. The generated macros can easily be pasted into a LaTeX document and edited as desired. Installation ------------ You'll need a Python interpreter (http://www.python.org/). Besides that, just make sure that newcommand.py is placed somewhere in your path and that spark.py is somewhere that newcommand.py can find it. Copyright and license --------------------- Copyright (C) 2010 Scott Pakin, email@example.com This package may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License, either version 1.3c of this license or (at your option) any later version. The latest version of this license is in: http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt and version 1.3c or later is part of all distributions of LaTeX version 2006/05/20 or later.
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newcommand – Generate new LaTeX command definitions
Generating any other than the simple \newcommand-style commands, in LaTeX, is tedious (in the least). This script allows the specification of commands in a ‘natural’ style; the script then generates macros to define the command.
|License||The LaTeX Project Public License|
|Contained in||TeXLive as newcommand|
support for development of TeX macros|