# [texhax] def vs newlength

Konstantin Karapetyan texnic at photonica.ru
Tue Jun 14 07:04:54 CEST 2005

Hello texhax!

I would like to create a new length in my cls file and I found two
alternatives which both work:

\newlength{\PositionColumn}\setlength{\PositionColumn}{2.2cm}

and

\def\PositionColumn{2.2cm}

The second is shorter while the first looks more LaTeX-like to me.
Could you explain the difference please?

TIA and Happy TeXing!

Konstantin.