[OS X TeX] Fragile Commands [Was: how to convert .doc to .TEX?]

Will Robertson will at guerilla.net.au
Wed Jan 19 20:30:14 EST 2005

On 20 Jan 2005, at 11:19 AM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> I prefer slightly more accurate hammers:
> \let\myemph\emph
> \usepackage{pdfsync}
> \let\emph\myemph
> This will ensure you use  the real \emph command (ensuring the same 
> layout), by storing the working, non-fragile \emph command and using 
> that instead. Note that this (obviously) disables part of pdfsync.

I prefer fixing the problem, instead of hammering it out:

      \def\emph{{\protect\@PDFSYNC}\PDFSYNC at emph}

(Trying to use \DeclareRobustCommand exceeded my TeX capacity; I guess 
it's only for simple commands.)

I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader (i.e., I'm too lazy/busy to 
do it myself) to see if this is necessary for other commands patched by 

In hindsight, this should have been done when the problem first arose :)

Was it Curtis Clifton who patched a different part of pdfsync (\par to 
\@@par or vice versa)? Maybe we should start a pdfsyncfix package until 
Jérôme is able to do it himself...

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