[OS X TeX] Automatic labeling for references

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Apr 5 17:01:41 EDT 2008

On Apr 5, 2008, at 3:42 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>
> On Apr 5, 2008, at 1:02 PM, Peter Pagin wrote:
>
>> I thought a little more about it.
>>
>> Why not define a new counter, \newcounter{labb},
>> and a new command, like \newcommand[1]{\lab}
>> {\label{#1}\stepcounter{labb}}
>
> 1) Without writing anything in the document, I am getting the error
> message
>
> Missing \endcsname inserted.
>       \@ne
> l.82 			\newcommand[1]
> 			{\lab}{\label{#1}\stepcounter{labb}}
>
> Companion2ed p905 says
>
> 	Missing \endcsname inserted
> 		This error can arise from using commands as part of the name of a
> counter or environment
>
> So, the error seems to occur as LaTeX is reading the \newcommand but
> I have no idea what the above means.
>
>> Then in the document run \lab{newlabel}\thelabb. Typeset and check
>> the output result of \thelabb. Replace "newlabel" with that result,
>> and delete "\thelabb". One has to make sure to get the value from
>> the end of the document, even the label is put into the middle. So
>> it is sort of quarter-automatic. But if 391 \lab commands have been
>> given, the next gets the label content "392".
>> Maybe of no interest.
>
> I have a feeling that this is what I want but I won't know for sure
> until I can fix the \newcommand,
>
> Hopeful regards
> --schremmer

\newcommand{\commandname}[#params][optional parameter default value
(if you want it)]{command text}

you left out the command name.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)