[tex-eplain] Position of optional argument

Rodolfo Medina rodolfo.medina at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 23:13:08 CEST 2009

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 07:16:55PM +0100, Rodolfo Medina wrote:

>>>> I've been using the eplain \@getoptionalarg and \@optionalarg commands in
>>>> a certain macro.  It turns out to me that the optional argument must be
>>>> put *before* the non optional argument.
>>>> How can I set things - if possible - so to put it after it?

Oleg Katsitadze <olegkat at gmail.com> writes:

>>> Try this:
>>> [...]

Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina at gmail.com> writes:

> All right, now it seems to work:
> \catcode`@=\letter
> \def\myhallo#1{%
>   \def\temp <at> arg{#1}%
>   \@getoptionalarg\@myhallo}
>     \def\@myhallo{%
>       \message{^^JArg: \temp <at> arg}%
>       \message{^^JOptional arg: \@optionalarg}%
>   \ifx\@optionalarg\empty Hallo, \temp <at> arg!
>   \else Hallo, \temp <at> arg and \@optionalarg!
>   \fi
>     }
> \myhallo{John}[Mary]
> bla bla
> \myhallo{Paul}
> \bye

...But still, something strange: I can't put the \@optionalarg in \definexref,
and I need to:

\input /home/rodolfo/macros/eplain-3.2

  \def\temp <at> arg{#1}%

  \temp <at> arg



There are problems, as one can see processing the above example with tex or

I still need help, thanks in advance.


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