[texhax] Two problems with \sidx

D. R. Evans doc.evans at gmail.com
Tue May 10 16:35:41 CEST 2011

I have two issues (using eplain TeX):

1. If I have the following explicit inline text in my file, it gives no error:
  {\sc nop}\sidx{{\sc nop} gate
This prints "NOP" in small caps and inserts the text "NOP gate" into the index.

However, if I define \nop as:
  \def\nop{{\sc nop}\sidx{{\sc nop} gate}}
Then when the compiler reaches "\nop" in the text, TeX throws an error:
  ! Incomplete \iffalse; all text was ignored after line 1415.

I don't understand why this happens, nor how to fix it.

2. When I place the text inline:
  {\sc nop}\sidx{{\sc nop} gate
then although the text "NOP gate" appears in the index, it does so *at the
start* of the index.

If I look in the *.ind file, it begins:



  \item {\sc nop} gate, 21


  \item BB84, 79


So it looks like makeindex is putting the entry in completely the wrong place.

The *.idx file has the following:
  \indexentry{{\sc nop} gate}{21}
so my guess is that makeindex is sorting this entry according to either the
second "{" or the "\", which I suppose makes sense, but I haven't been able
think of a way around this: any sneakiness I've been able to think of
begins with "\" and so sorts incorrectly.

So how can I force the index entry to appear in the correct place in the


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