# [texhax] A question

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Sat Sep 10 13:10:03 CEST 2016


nhoseini at uk.ac.ir wrote:
>
> Hi: I am reading a file line to \a. Then \a is a string such as "aaa bbbb 4 5 34.5". I would like to read the parts "aaa" and "bbbb" to new strings and the numbers 4, 5, etc, to number variables. Would you please help me to do that. Thanks.
>

\newcount \counta
\newcount \countb

\def \parsea #1 #2 #3 #4 #5\relax
{%
\def \stringa {#1}%
\def \stringb {#2}%
\counta = #3
\countb = #4
\message {I don't know what to do with #5 because it contains a decimal point}%
}

\expandafter \parsea \a \relax

/Caveat lector -- /*untested*/./

Philip Taylor
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