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Multiline string eats LaTeX tags due to backslash

asked 2022-09-18 21:56:27 +0200

diana.davis gravatar image

updated 2022-09-19 08:51:48 +0200

FrédéricC gravatar image

To create a multipage LaTeX document where each page is exactly the same except with a different name at the top, I want something like the following:

common_beginning = '{\bf To: '
list_of_names = ['Anna', 'Bev', 'Carlee']
common_end = """}

This is small text.
Here is some more.

The issue is that when I compile the strings, I get:

'{\x08f To:'

'}\n\n\x0cootnotesize\nThis is small text.\n\normalsize\nHere is some more.\n\newpage\n'

In this example, it is eating the \b and the \f at the beginning of the LaTeX tags "\bf" and "\footnotesize". In my actual document, it eats the \n from "\newpage" and the \t from "\textwidth" as well. In any case, the backslashes really seem to mess things up. Is there a way around this?

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answered 2022-09-18 22:37:53 +0200

rburing gravatar image

updated 2022-09-18 22:41:48 +0200

Use raw strings instead:

common_beginning = r'{\bf To: '

Or use escape sequences correctly:

common_beginning = '{\\bf To: '

(That is, write \\ to get a literal backslash.)

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Oh wow, I was just one keystroke from success. :) Thanks so much! It works perfectly now.

diana.davis gravatar imagediana.davis ( 2022-09-19 01:25:37 +0200 )edit

You're welcome! :)

rburing gravatar imagerburing ( 2022-09-19 12:49:57 +0200 )edit

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