# [OS X TeX] Would you believe that?

Ross Moore ross at maths.mq.edu.au
Fri Jun 25 17:31:29 CEST 2004

Hi Jérôme,

On 25/06/2004, at 11:35 PM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:

> I've just been asked by someone who is successfully using LaTeX for
> more than ten years now.
> In fact, he was just looking for the \chapter command...
> While explaining him the \chapter syntax, I discovered that he was
> of \subsection, ...

Well, that's not actually wrong --- just perhaps a little
more cumbersome than necessary.
This is because the expansion of \begin{section} ends with
a call to \section .

So long as he is using

\begin{section}{<Title of the section>}

then all should work OK, except ...

... there will be an extra level of \begingroup
enclosing the material between the
\begin{section}....\end{section},
which has the effect of scoping any \newcommand
or \def, etc.  made within this block of material.
But that's not necessarily bad either.

Was he having any noticeable difficulties ?

is that it gives you a hook  \endsection  at the end
of each section, where you can perform extra processing,
such as references or end-notes specific to each section
of a long document.

I could well imagine some book or journal classes
wanting you to work this way.

Cheers

Ross

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