[texhax] redefine section heading in memoir class

Paul Tremblay phthenry at iglou.com
Wed Apr 12 01:12:15 CEST 2006

On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:44:16PM +0200, Lars Madsen wrote:

> One question: are there any crossreferences?
> and would it be possible to parse the sectional number in some way (I know 
> nothing about xml or xslt).
> I was thinking
> print the sections as
> \renewcommand\thesection{2.1}
> \section{Modernizing Main St: Woolworth's Stores Adapt to the New Look 
> after WW 2}
> It's a crude way, but doable.

This actually works okay. It does mean that in my XML I will have to
separate the number from the title, but doing so is not that

> Then againg, why let the xslt do the numbering, when LaTeX can?
> Are there some special design issues that needs to be meet?

XML separates content from layout. XSLT converts the XML documument
into a layout formate, such as HTML or TeX or FO. XML is extremely
flexible in this way. 

XSLT is extremely flexible and powerful for manipulating documents.
For example, I can write a simple rule to format the first paragraph a
certain way and the last paragraph a certain way. I can decide to
number my introduction or not number it depending on a simple
variable. Since I know XSLT so well, and since it is relatively easy
to use, it makes sense to use it to number my document (amongst other

Anyways, thanks for the tip on redefining \thechapter. I was thinking
exactly along these lines. While I would really like a way to create a
hanging indent for my titles (just as I can do for paragraph), I think
your suggestion should work in most situations.



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