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Formatting the List of a custom float

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Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby napiro on Mon Dec 22nd, 2008

I am relatively new to LaTeX and am having a problem getting the List of [New Float] to look like the standard List of Figures.

I have created a new float (called scheme) using the "float" package and want it to include spaces between the Schemes for each chapter in the List of Schemes, as is done for the List of Figures. I generate the list using

\listof{scheme}{List of Schemes}

and while the Figures and Tables list show the desired delineation with the extra space, the List of Schemes does not. The manual to the float package seems to give some guidance on the issue (below) but I do not know how to implement it. Any help?

\float@addtolists
This command allows LATEX programmers to add something to all currently defined lists of floats, such as some extra vertical space at the beginning of a new chapter in the main text (\float@addtolists{\protect\addvspace{10pt}}), without knowing exactly which lists of floats are currently being constructed. This command currently does not operate on the lot and lof lists.
116 \newcommand\float@addtolists[1]{%
117 \def\float@do##1{\addtocontents{##1}{#1}} \the\float@exts}
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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby localghost on Mon Dec 22nd, 2008

Using the float package seems a little bit too complicated. I suggest to use the \DeclareCaptionType command provided by the caption package as an alternative. This command creates all necessary lists and files concerning a new float environment and the interface is very easy to use.


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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby josephwright on Mon Dec 22nd, 2008

Perhaps trivfloat might help here? It (hopefully) makes new floats that behave exactly like "normal" ones.
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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby napiro on Mon Dec 22nd, 2008

Thanks for the suggestions!

I went with the use of trivfloat, and it worked beautifully!

Definitely the easiest way I've seen of doing what I wanted to do.

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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby josephwright on Mon Dec 22nd, 2008

Pleased it helped (the author of trivfloat is one "Joseph Wright"!).
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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby gregsa on Wed Sep 1st, 2010

localghost wrote: I suggest to use the \DeclareCaptionType command provided by the caption package as an alternative.


Package caption is great but it still does not do this (i.e. put a space between lines for chapters) by default. Can you suggest any option that should be 'on' or a relevant parameter/command?

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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby gregsa on Thu Nov 4th, 2010

For those with dire need I can share a workoround.

Latex is creating a dedicated file which contains s list of floats which will be included in output during next execution. I believe it can have different names depending on LaTeX distribution. In my case, for document.tex and float name: 'map' name of the file is: document.lomap

It is enough to put a command:
\addvspace {10\p@ }
to add a desired space between rows.

Unfortunately, document.lomap will be overwirtten every time latex is executed, but sometimes it is the only way.

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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby sommerfee on Thu Nov 4th, 2010

gregsa wrote:Package caption is great but it still does not do this (i.e. put a space between lines for chapters) by default.


I cannot confirm this, this code is doing its job as expected:
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\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{caption}
\DeclareCaptionType{test}
\begin{document}
\listoftests
\chapter{A}
\begin{test}[!ht]
\caption{A1}
\end{test}
\begin{test}[!ht]
\caption{A2}
\end{test}
\chapter{B}
\begin{test}[!ht]
\caption{B1}
\end{test}
\begin{test}[!ht]
\caption{B2}
\end{test}
\end{document
}


(Tested with version 3.1k of the caption package, this is the one shipped with TeXlive 2009)

If you have a small but complete example for me with wrong behavior, I can take a look at it and try to fix it.

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Re: Formatting the List of a custom float

Postby gregsa on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

sommerfee wrote:If you have a small but complete example for me with wrong behavior, I can take a look at it and try to fix it.


I tested your example in my environment and it works fine. My original document still has this problem. I have spent some time to re-create it in a small example which could be posted here but did not succed.

As I have a workaround and not so much time for investigations it will have to wait...
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