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# How to break the 9-argument limit

If you think about it, you will realise that Knuth's command definition syntax: ```latex \def\blah#1#2 … #9{<macro body>} ``` is intrinsically limited to just 9 arguments. There's no direct way round this: how would you express a 10th argument?&nbsp;&mdash; and ensure that the syntax didn't gobble some other valid usage?

If you really must have more than 9 arguments, the way to go is: <!– {% raw %} –> ```latex \def\blah#1#2 … #9{%


} \def\BlahRelay#1#2#3{%

% arguments 1-9 are now in
%   \ArgI-\ArgIX
% arguments 10-12 are in
%   #1-#3
<macro body>%

} ``` <!– {% endraw %} –> This technique is easily extendible by concert pianists of the TeX keyboard, but is really hard to recommend.

LaTeX users have the small convenience of merely giving a number of arguments in the `\newcommand` that defines each part of the relaying mechanism: Knuth's restriction applies to `\newcommand` just as it does to `\def`. However, LaTeX users also have the way out of such barbarous command syntax: the [`keyval`](http://ctan.org/pkg/keyval) package. With [`keyval`](http://ctan.org/pkg/keyval), and a bit of programming, one can write really quite sophisticated commands, whose invocation might look like: <!– {% raw %} –> ```latex \flowerinstance{species=Primula veris,

location=Coldham's Common,
locationtype=Common grazing land,

} ``` <!– {% endraw %} –> The merit of such verbosity is that it is self-explanatory: the typist doesn't have to remember that argument twelve is `soiltype`, and so on: the commands may be copied from field notes quickly and accurately.

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