[texhax] intermediate output

Toby Cubitt tsc25 at cantab.net
Mon Nov 5 17:44:25 CET 2007

Donald Arseneau wrote:
> burlen <bloring at unh.edu> writes:
>> Hi I have a document where I have used \newcommand to define a number of
>> macros. My question is can I have latex make the macro substitutions and
>> stop, no further processing? I need to submit the document as latex source to
>> publisher who does not allow \newcommand macros. My macros have arguments so
>> simple search and replace won't work.
> If your macros don't involve "programming", then a regular-expression
> replace can do the replacement.
> If your macros do involve programming, then they have to be eliminated,
> regardless of substitution method.  That is, your publisher won't allow
> that stuff.

I faced the same problem with my 'cleveref' package. To get around it, I 
implemented a 'poorman' option that automatically writes a sed script 
when the document is processed. When the original LaTeX source for a 
document is passed through this script, it replaces all the 
journal-unfriendly commands with their expansions, reducing them to 
plain text and standard LaTeX.

If your macros don't involve programming, then I would just do regexp 
replacement using your favourite out of sed, awk, perl or some other 
language with good regexp support, as Donald recommends. If your macros 
*do* involve programming, and this isn't just a one-off thing, the 
cleveref 'poorman' option might give you some clues (the code's 
documented using DocTeX, as usual).

However, I found it quite a chore to get it right, involving a lot of 
fine-control of macro expansion order and various catcode manipulation 
tricks, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if various parts of my ugly 
code could be improved a lot by a true LaTeX guru. So I wouldn't 
recommend going this route unless you're likely to reuse your macros 



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