[texhax] Last char of a string

Paul Isambert zappathustra at free.fr
Thu Jul 7 17:07:44 CEST 2011

Le 07/07/2011 15:05, Michael Barr a écrit :
> Is there any easy way to find the last character of a string?
> Why?  Well the online journal I do the tex editing for uses runin 
> subsection titles.  They have to end with a period or other 
> punctuation. So I want to look at the last character of the title and 
> add a period unless it already is a period (or question mark or even 
> an exclamation point).

You're probably using pdfTeX, even if you don't know it. So there is 

\def\first#1#2{#1} \def\second#1#2{#2}
     \ifnum\pdfmatch{[#1]$}{#2} = 1


(I put the character to test between brackets so it isn't considered as 
a metacharacter, e.g. with "?" or ".".)


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