[OS X TeX] Off Topic: changing command behavior (legacy issue)

Joseph C. Slater joseph.slater at wright.edu
Wed Sep 1 17:58:40 EDT 2004

On Sep 1, 2004, at 3:54 PM, Francesco Costanzo wrote:

> Hi There:
> I have a question concerning how to modify the behavior of a command I 
> have defined in a document I have written.
> Currently, I have a command that works as follows:
> \mycommand[option]{FirstArgument}{SecondArgument}
> where `SecondArgument' is a string that gets used as the argument of a 
> \label command.
> I would like to modify the behavior of \mycommand so that the 
> following two forms result in the same outcome:
> form 1: \mycommand[option]{FirstArgument}{SecondArgument}
> form 2: \mycommand[option]{FirstArgument}{\label{SecondArgument}}
> In other words, if `SecondArgument' is a string then behave as usual; 
> if instead the second argument is already in the form 
> `\label{SecondArgument}' then use as is (as opposed to doing 
> \label{\label{SecondArgument}}).

I know the books. ;) . I looked around for a little while hoping the 
mechanism for ensuremath would shed some light on the problem (you need 
something like ensurelabel). Sorry that I had no luck, but maybe this 
will provide a starting point.

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