# [Tugindia] Want help in creating counters

Radhakrishnan CV cvr at river-valley.org
Sun Jul 11 18:17:48 CEST 2010

On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM, Kannan Moudgalya <kannan at iitb.ac.in> wrote:
> Dear All,
>
> For an open source software project based on standard textbooks, I would
> like to modify how the counters are created in LaTeX.
>
> Normally, counters have numbers.  These are incremented automatically.  One
> can increase or decrease these numbers at will.
>
> What I want to do is to assign a string to the counter, inside the
> environment that I defined.  In other words, I want to assign an arbitrary
> string to the counter inside the environment.  The value assigned should be
> remembered and be available for cross referencing, in the table of contents
> of that environment, etc.  Actually, the word counter is a misnomer here - I
> do not want it count anything - just to accept the value that I assign.

You just need to define the \@currentlabel as your custom string so
that it can be used for cross referencing.  Does the code given below

%------- Begin -----------

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{times,lipsum}

\makeatletter
\def\curlabel#1{\def\@currentlabel{#1}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\section{This is first section}
\curlabel{string 1}
\label{sec1}

\lipsum[1]

Testing cross reference: \ref{sec2}. Name ref: \nameref{sec2}.

\clearpage

\section{This is second section}
\curlabel{string 2}
\label{sec2}
\lipsum[2]
\ref{sec1}.

\end{document}

% -------- End -------

Best regards

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