I think a search for \widthof on any other command with backsalsh shows also results without considering \. Is it true? How can I make a search for a command and not for its name?

  • (Just to clarify) Do you mean searching on this (rather, the main) site? Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 9:56
  • I mean searching on tex.stackexchange.com
    – Ignasi
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 10:46

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The closest that I know of (or actually just found out about) is code:"\widthof". This seems to search only for text that has been marked as code. As for its developmental status:

It's not a secret, but it's not polished either...I was interrupted in the middle of implementing it and haven't re-visited it in a while. You're welcome to use it and we won't remove it. That being said, I don't feel it's 1.0 quality at this point, so haven't added it to documentation as I expect there are bugs I'll find with more testing locally. We're doing a lot behind the scenes right now, when that settles down I'll re-visit search (we have lots of ideas/code in the pipe there). – Nick Craver♦ Sep 13 at 0:07

While I expected code:"\widthof" to return pretty much the same results as widthof (which shouldn't occur as non-code too often, right?), the former only returns 22 results, the latter 108. I haven't checked out where the difference comes from.

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    Thank you. It helps a little to restrict searches but I think it's a bit strict because it searches for complete words. If I search for code:"\includegraphics[ only 4 results are shown because they include \includegraphics[ followed by a ` ` (space) or return.
    – Ignasi
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 18:04
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    That sounds like a good point for a feature request on Meta Stack Exchange, unless there already is one. A * wildcard might make sense here.
    – doncherry
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 18:08

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