# [texhax] single commands to start and end superscript

Susan Dittmar SDittmar at eureca.de
Tue Feb 12 19:13:40 CET 2008

Quoting Matthew Leingang (leingang at math.harvard.edu):
> On Feb 12, 2008, at 10:01 AM, Susan Dittmar wrote:
> >I would like to change an existing macro in a LaTeX document. Said
> >macro parses a sequence of characters, outputting them one by one,
> >changing fonts or substituting symbols when encountering special
> >characters.
> >
> >What I would like to add is a 'switch to superscript' and a 'leave
> >superscript' character. Thus, I need single commands for those two
> >actions.
> >
> >I do not know enough of the bare bones to come up with those, so  any
> >help would be appreciated.
>
> Sounds interesting.  Can you post code of the existing macro and some
> examples of it in use?

Gladly.

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\documentclass{scrartcl}

% Some font declarations (as I did not want to shorten the parser macro)
\newcommand{\ChFont}{\large\fontfamily{\sfdefault}\fontseries{sbc}\fontshape{n}\selectfont}
\newcommand{\ChBkFont}{\ChFont\fontseries{m}\selectfont}
\newcommand{\ChBassFont}{\small\bf\sf}

% call the (recursive) parser and make sure it terminates:
\newcommand{\chord}[1]{%
\ChFont\sbChord#1\relax%
}
% the parser itself (originally from songbook.sty):
\def\sbChord#1{%
\ifx#1\relax%
\let\next=\relax%
\else%
\ifx#1##% double sharp because we're inside a \def
$\sharp$%
\else%
\ifx#1b%
$\flat$%
\else%
\ifx#1/%
\ChBassFont /%
\else%
\ifx#1[%
\bgroup\ChBkFont [\egroup%
\else%
\ifx#1]%
\bgroup\ChBkFont ]\egroup%
\else%
#1%
\fi%
\fi%
\fi%
\fi%
\fi%
\let\next=\sbChord%
\fi%
\next%
}

\begin{document}

simple'' example:\\
\chord{C#/Bb}

what I have now for superscripts: \\
\chord{C#{\textsuperscript{7}}/Bb}

% what I would like for superscripts (I think I know how to find the point
% for the end superscript' position, that's not yet part of the macro):
%\chord{C#^7/Bb}

\end{document}
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