# [OS X TeX] Gobble left

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Apr 15 05:42:43 EDT 2005

On 15 Apr 2005, at 7:22 am, Peter Pagin wrote:

> Hi, all.
> Here's a TeX question, I guess. By means of
>
> \def\gobble #1{}
>
> a command \gobble is defined that deletes the next character (or
> space) to the right,

Not precisely.... it would be more accurate to say that it deletes the
next non-blank token or brace-delimited group. (Whitespace following
\gobble will be skipped anyway, according to the standard TeX reading
rules, before looking for the argument #1.)

> or replaces it by whatever one puts between the curly brackets in the
> definition. My question is whether there is a method for doing the
> same to the character to the left, i.e. preceding the occurrence of
> the command.

I don't see any way to do this.

JK

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