[texhax] TeX underline & \hfill question

Hubert Lam hubert at lamfamily.info
Sun Dec 4 09:38:20 CET 2011

Hi Amber K

I nicked it off http://melusine.eu.org/syracuse/latex/exemples/desousa/definition.tex and modified it to my needs. Basically it is pstricks + calc + pifont packages with some very smart calculations with lengths.




\newcommand{\exampleboxtext}{\ding{46} \textsf{Example \theexample}}

   \par\noindent                        % No indentation
   \refstepcounter{example}             % Counter for this environment
   \begin{lrbox}{\examplebox}           % Name of box to contain text
  \rput[tl](0,0){   % Choose colours of framebox
  \rput[l](1cm,0){      % Patch white line
  \rput[l](1cm,0.5ex){  % Place text

Some examples within the box.

From: Amber K [mailto:skubesch at yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2011 7:15 PM
To: Hubert Lam
Subject: RE: [texhax] TeX underline & \hfill question

Thank you so much for this information!  The box with the rounded edges looks amazing; what code did you use to create it?


--- On Sun, 12/4/11, Hubert Lam <hubert at lamfamily.info<mailto:hubert at lamfamily.info>> wrote:

From: Hubert Lam <hubert at lamfamily.info<mailto:hubert at lamfamily.info>>
Subject: RE: [texhax] TeX underline & \hfill question
To: "Amber K" <skubesch at yahoo.com<mailto:skubesch at yahoo.com>>, "texhax at tug.org<mailto:texhax at tug.org>" <texhax at tug.org<mailto:texhax at tug.org>>
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 7:35 AM

By the way, here is the result:

[cid:image001.png at 01CCB2BB.FEA27570]

Also amend the \vspace[3ex] to your liking depending on how large your handwriting may be. This is to adjust the vertical height provided for the fill in lines.

From: Hubert Lam
Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2011 6:29 PM
To: 'Amber K'; texhax at tug.org<mailto:texhax at tug.org>
Subject: RE: [texhax] TeX underline & \hfill question

Hi Amber K,

Are you trying to create lines for people to handwrite/fill in (cloze)?

If so here’s my implementation.



\newcommand{\Cloze}[1]{\begin{minipage}[b]{\widthof{\Huge \textbf{#1}}} \vspace{3ex} \dotfill \end{minipage}}

% creates a minipage of the width of the required text which \dotfill can fill up


A \textbf{relation} is a \Cloze{rule} that maps \Cloze{elements} from the \Cloze{domain} to the \Cloze{range}.


This will create dotted lines with variable length \dotfill s. The package calc does the magic in calculating the hspace required.


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Subject: [texhax] TeX underline & \hfill question

When I create lesson plans, I like to make handouts with lines that fill the page as well a solutions keys where I put text on the lines.  I've been manually adjusting the widtch value in inches one line at a time until they line up, and I'm really hoping there is an easier way.

Right now, if the handout looks like:

Conclusion: \hrulefill

I am typing this for the key:

Conclusion: \underline{\makebox[4.94in][s]{\color{red}{Answers will vary but should be based on evidence collected}{\hfill}}}

Where the 4.94in part was the value I needed to manually adjust.  When I want to have everything underlined, I found a suggestion online to do something like this:

\underline{\makebox[5.7in][s]{Choice 2: \color{red}{Students should select a second choice from one of the five options below. They }{\hfill}}}

This works extremely well for those cases, but I'm hoping there is way to do something like that without having to either have everything underlined or nothing at all.  I searched for a way to remove underlining from part of the command (like \textnormal) but I haven't found anything to work for removing underlining.  Any suggestion would be very greatly appreciated.



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