I am using Mathematica to generate some Matlab code. In order to have a bit of documentation I would like to have a commented line in the Matlab file which holds the Latex form of the original expression. However, there is an issue with linebreaking.

An example:

test = TeXForm[{{a, b, c}, {d, e, f}}]

Looking at test and also ToString@test reveals a couple of linebreaks which are nice for formatting and export to actual Latex documents but not for my purpose. The reason is that I would like to use a string (one line - which may be very long) like "% Expression: " <> ToString@TeXForm@test in the Matlab file ("%" creates comments in Matlab code), which fails because of the linebreaks (only the first row appears as a comment).

So I thought of operating on

test2 = ToString@FullForm@ToString@test
(* "\\left(\n\\begin{array}{ccc}\n a & b & c \\\\\n d & e & f \\\\\n\\\end{array}\n\\right)" *)

where I would then easily replace/delete the \n. Yet, to no avail - see:

StringDelete[test2, "\n"]
(* "\\left(\n\\begin{array}{ccc}\n a & b & c \\\\\n d & e & f \\\\\n\\\end{array}\n\\right)" *)
StringPosition[test2, "\n"]

So I wonder how can I remove the linebreaks from TeXForm and ideally also replace the \\ with \ in the final string. This also seems to be a bit tricky because of Mathematica's special characters in strings.

The final result of something like customTeXForm[test] should be the string \left(\begin{array}{ccc}a & b & c \\d & e & f\\\end{array}\right)

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    $\begingroup$ does StringReplace[ToString[test], { "\n" -> ""}] work? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr In fact, it does. I would bet that I tried it before I asked the question here - but anyway... Thank you very much :) $\endgroup$
    – Lukas
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ in case you decide to keep the question, i posted the comment as an answer. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr Am I missing something or does StringDelete[ToString[test], "\n"] work as well? This whole things seems like a simple mistake. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jul 17, 2017 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ @MrWizard, yes it does! Just didn't occur to me:( $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jul 17, 2017 at 12:54

1 Answer 1

StringReplace[ToString[test], { "\n" -> ""}]

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