# Command/dodoublegroupempty

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# \dodoublegroupempty

## Syntax (autogenerated)

 \dodoublegroupempty\command{...}{...} \command csname {...} text {...} text

## Syntax

 \dodoublegroupempty\commmand

## Description

\dodoublegroupempty is used to write commands that can take zero, one, or two arguments in braces: if the user specifies less than two arguments, it adds empty arguments at the end to make up the missing numbers.

\command{#1}{#2} % or
\command{#1}{}   % or
\command{}{}     %    ,


depending on the generosity of the user. Afterwards one can use the \iffirstargument, \ifsecondargument, ... tests to determine how many arguments were actually passed.

There are variants of this command that will supply anywhere up to seven optional arguments:

• \dosinglegroupempty
• \dodoublegroupempty
• \dotriplegroupempty
• \doquintuplegroupempty

## Example

This is the standard pattern for writing a command that takes an optional number of arguments in braces:

% This command accepts two optional arguments
\def\writename%
{\dodoublegroupempty
\dowritename}

% This command looks at how many non-empty arguments
% are supplied, and acts accordingly
\def\dowritename#1#2%
{\ifsecondargument
Ms. #2 (first name #1)%
\else\iffirstargument
Ms. #1%
\else
No name supplied.%
\fi\fi}

\writename{Snow}{White} \par
\writename{White} \par
\writename