[NTG-context] Why does \doifsomething think there is content?

Joel uaru99 at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 15 17:28:07 CET 2023

I am creating a book that presents readers with a list of recommended materials.
If materials are listed, then its displayed under the \subject{Materials} heading in a simple itemized list.
I'm using \doifsomething{} to check if any items are listed.
The problem I'm having is, when fed a blank macro, `\define\needsoven{}` it thinks there is content, so it displays the "Materials" heading, but an empty list. I have a custom macro that determins "if oven is needed" independent of these other items. So I need  `\define\needsoven{}` to be regarded as nothing.
How can I get \doifsomething{} to think \define\needsoven{} is an empty value?
My minimal working example is below:


    \chapter{Recipe 1}
            Spread peanut butter on sandwich.
    \chapter{Recipe 2}
        \materialsneeded{\item pizza cutter \item stove}
            Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

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