[texhax] getting to global scope from within a group (latex/ifthen) [SOLVED]

Boylan, Ross Ross.Boylan at ucsf.edu
Mon Nov 17 04:17:25 CET 2014

I don't follow: what's partial compilation?
Do you mean that in the sense the includeonly excludes some stuff?

When would this be an issue?  Are you saying that if I had multiple includes of a file with these macros, each time I included the file it would think it was the first?

I don't have multiple includes; I'm just trying to understand.

From: Donald Arseneau [asnd at triumf.ca]
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:34 PM
To: Boylan, Ross
Cc: bnb at ams.org; texhax at tug.org
Subject: Re: [texhax] getting to global scope from within a group      (latex/ifthen) [SOLVED]

On Sat, November 15, 2014 2:56 pm, Boylan, Ross wrote:
> I did a minimalist version of David's suggestion, relying on the fact that
> the internals of the ifthen package go through \ifX for boolean X, and
> this can be globally reset with \global\let.
> Would it have been better to use counters?  I just needed something global
> I could toggle.
> A quick check shows that latex counters are also updated globally using,
> e.g. \stepcounter.

I think you may have been better using a counter. That way
you'd inherit the infrastructure that makes partial compilation
with \includeonly work, whereas now a partial compilation
would always start with a "first" version of the text.

If this is for acronyms or similar, there are packages for that.

Donald Arseneau, TRIUMF CMMS, asnd at triumf.ca

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