[OS X TeX] Staggering

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 18:05:30 CET 2007

Jeffrey J Weimer wrote:

> On Mar 6, 2007, at 2:40 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> Is there a more elegant way, both in source and in output, to typeset
> Ooops! Spoke too soon. Here's the correction ...
> \usepackage{forloop,calc}
> \newcounter{myc}
> \newcounter{ic}
> \newlength{\mlen}
> \newcommand{\brmultiply}[3]{%
>     \setcounter{myc}{#1}%
>     \begin{center}%
>     \forloop{ic}{#1}{\value{myc}<#3}{%   
>         \hspace{\mlen}$\underbrace{\themyc\times#2}$ \\%
>         \setcounter{myc}{#2*\value{myc}}%
>         \addtolength{\mlen}{20pt}}%
>     \addtolength{\mlen}{-20pt}%
>     \hspace{\mlen}#3\end{center}%
>     }

1) I am truly awed  (I hadn't realized this was even conceivable.)

2) Where could I learn how to use forloop? (the documentation is rather 
sparse for someone like me.)

3) What I would like to do is to use the exponent as third parameter 
instead of the value of the power, say


instead of


(The usual story: you give them a hand and they ask for an arm and a leg!)

> Also, the \begin{center}...\end{center} coding does not quite follow  
> your centering. Your coding has the last value centered on the page,  
> and numbers above are offset to the left. The above centers the  
> answer based on the first line, and numbers are offset to the right  
> thereafter. I'd have to think a bit about where and how to put the  
> setlength and addtolength commands in the forloop structure to  
> accomplish your result. Perhaps someone else here will see the answer.

I truly couldn't care less   :-) . My "philosophy" in this regard is to 
get the magnum whatever out and up (under a Free Doc Lic) and let anyone 
interested fine tune the stuff to their heart's content.

Very grateful regards

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