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## Default definitions

The commands in <ENC>enc.def files allow encoding-specific commands to be defined, but they do not allow commands to be used in other encodings. For example, the OMS encoding contains the symbol §', but we need to be able to use the command \S in any encoding, not just OMS.

To allow this, LaTeX has commands for giving default definitions for commands, which are used when the command is not defined in the current encoding. For example, the default encoding for \S is OMS, and so in an encoding (such as OT1) which does not contain \S, the OMS version is selected. But in an encoding (such as T1) which does contain \S, the version for that encoding is used.

Note: These commands should not occur in <ENC>enc.def files, since these should only define commands for that encoding. They should instead be placed in packages.

\DeclareTextCommandDefault {<cmd>} {<definition>}

This command allows an encoding-specific command to be given a default definition. For example, the default definition for \copyright is defined be be a circled c' with:

   \DeclareTextCommandDefault{\copyright}{\textcircled{c}}

\DeclareTextAccentDefault {<cmd>} {<encoding>}
\DeclareTextSymbolDefault {<cmd>} {<encoding>}

These commands allow an encoding-specific command to be given a default encoding. For example, the default encoding for \" and \ae is set to be OT1 by:

   \DeclareTextAccentDefault{\"}{OT1}
\DeclareTextSymbolDefault{\ae}{OT1}
Note that \DeclareTextAccentDefault can be used on any one-argument encoding-specific command, not just those defined with \DeclareTextAccent. Similarly, \DeclareTextSymbolDefault can be used on any encoding-specific command with no arguments, not just those defined with \DeclareTextSymbol.

For more examples of these definitions, see ltoutenc.dtx.

\ProvideTextCommandDefault {<cmd>} {<definition>}

This command is the same as \DeclareTextCommandDefault, except that if the command already has a default definition, then the definition is ignored. This is useful to give faked' definitions of symbols which may be given real' definitions by other packages. For example, a package might give a fake definition of \textonequarter by saying:

   \ProvideTextCommandDefault{\textonequarter}{$\m@th\frac14$}

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Rainer Schoepf
Thu Jul 31 16:42:26 MEST 1997