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1 ben 1 .TH "CSV2LATEX" "1"
2     .SH "NAME"
3     csv2latex \(em convert a csv file into a LaTeX document
4     .SH "SYNOPSIS"
5     .PP
6 ben 60 \fBcsv2latex\fR [\fB\-\-nohead\fP] [\fB\-\-longtable\fP] [\fB\-\-noescape\fP] [\fB\-\-guess\fP] [\fB\-\-separator \fIc\fR|\fIs\fR|\fIt\fR|\fIp\fR|\fIl\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-block \fIq\fR|\fId\fR|\fIn\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-lines \fI#\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-position \fIl\fR|\fIc\fR|\fIr\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-colorrows \fI0-1\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-reduce \fI1\fR|\fI2\fR|\fI3\fR|\fI4\fR\fP] [\fB\-\-repeatheader\fP] [\fB\-\-nohlines\fP] [\fB\-\-novlines\fP] [\fB\-\-landscape\fP] [\fB\-\-font \fI#\fR\fP] [file]
7 ben 1 .SH "DESCRIPTION"
8     .PP
9     This manual page documents the \fBcsv2latex\fR program.
10     .PP
11     \fBcsv2latex\fR is a program that reads a "comma separated values" (csv) file
12     and outputs a LaTeX file with one or more tabular environments to display
13     the printable values of the csv file. The LaTeX code is flushed on the standard output.
14    
15     .PP
16     So-called "comma separated values" files are common formats for exchanging two-dimensinal
17     tables between programs such as spreadsheets editors, to represent almost any kind of data.
18     By default, a csv file is made of printable data separated by commas (`,'), each comma
19     representing a `cell' separator, and each line representing a row. By extension, cell
20     separators can be represented by tabs if the comma is considered as printable data.
21     Moreover, some non true csv files can be assumed as two-dimensional tables as well.
22     In some circumstances, if the printable data includes the cell separator of the
23     exchange format, the latter can use a second extra character to embrace the printable
24     data into a block (e.g: quoted text). Thus, it is still possible to parse the file by
25     using the block delimiter (used twice to embrace the cell) instead of the separator.
26    
27     .PP
28     \fBcsv2latex\fR aims to parse various csv formats plus formats that fits
29     into the above definiton, assuming the data is text, and to produce a yet simple LaTeX file
30     using the "tabular" environment for a table-style layout.
31     Some options of output will also use macros provided by extra
32     LaTeX packages that are commonly included in the main LaTeX distributions.
33    
34     .SH "OPTIONS"
35     .PP
36     This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax,
37     with long options starting with two dashes (`\-'). A summary of
38     options is included below.
39     .IP "\fB-h\fP \fB\-\-help\fP " 10
40     Show summary of options.
41     .IP "\fB-v\fP \fB\-\-version\fP " 10
42     Show version of program.
43     .IP "\fB-n\fP \fB\-\-nohead\fP " 10
44     Do not output the LaTeX document header.
45     This is useful when the output is to be included as a separate file into the master document.
46    
47     .IP "\fB-t\fP \fB\-\-longtable\fP " 10
48     uses the 'longtable' package instead of the 'tabular' one.
49     This is useful when the input is long, with \fB\-\-lines 0\fP option.
50     This option uses the extra `longtable' LaTeX package.
51     If you also use \fB\-\-nohead\fP option, do not forget to add
52     the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{longtable}".
53    
54     .IP "\fB-x\fP \fB\-\-noescape\fP " 10
55     Do not escape TeX control characters from the input.
56     This is useful when the input contains already TeX code.
57    
58     .IP "\fB-g\fP \fB\-\-guess\fP " 10
59     Try to guess the csv format.
60     This is useful when the input is not strictly a comma separated set of printable data.
61     For example, a line like %Foo, Bar%:%Wizz: Hey% may be parsed as "Foo, Bar" then "Wizz: Hey".
62    
63     .IP "\fB-s \fIc\fR|\fIs\fR|\fIt\fR|\fIp\fR|\fIl\fR\fP \fB\-\-separator \fIc\fR|\fIs\fR|\fIt\fR|\fIp\fR|\fIl\fR\fP " 10
64     Set the given separator as cell separator of the csv format.
65     `c' means a comma (default).
66     `s' means a semicolon.
67     `t' means a tab.
68     `p' means a space.
69     `l' means a colon.
70    
71     .IP "\fB-b \fIq\fR|\fId\fR|\fIn\fR\fP \fB\-\-block \fIq\fR|\fId\fR|\fIn\fR\fP " 10
72     Set the given block delimiter that embraces the printable data of the csv format.
73     `q' means a simple quote.
74     `d' means a double quote.
75     `n' means no quoting at all (default).
76    
77     .IP "\fB-l \fI#\fR\fP \fB\-\-lines \fI#\fR\fP " 10
78     Force to output multiple tabulars, each having a limited number of lines.
79     The given argument must be a POSITIVE INTEGER VALUE. This is useful when
80     the number of input rows is too big to fit into a single papersheet.
81     A good average for a4 paper is about 40 lines (default). 0 means infinity
82     (actualy about 2 Giga lines).
83    
84     .IP "\fB-p \fIl\fR|\fIc\fR|\fIr\fR\fP \fB\-\-position \fIl\fR|\fIc\fR|\fIr\fR\fP " 10
85     Set the text position in all cells at once.
86 49 This simply uses one of the three basic cell formatting options of the LaTeX tabular environment.
87 ben 1 `l' means left-aligned (default).
88     `c' means centered.
89     `r' means right-aligned.
90    
91     .IP "\fB-c \fI0-1\fR\fP \fB\-\-colorrows \fI0-1\fR\fP " 10
92     Alternate white/gray rows on the LaTeX output, having the given graylevel.
93     The given argument must be a REAL NUMBER BETWEEN 0 AND 1.
94     0 means black while 1 means white.
95     A nice looking value is 0.75 when printed on white paper.
96     This option uses the extra `colortbl' LaTeX package.
97     If you also use \fB\-\-nohead\fP option, do not forget to add
98     the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{colortbl}".
99    
100     .IP "\fB-r \fI1\fR|\fI2\fR|\fI3\fR|\fI4\fR\fP \fB\-\-reduce \fI1\fR|\fI2\fR|\fI3\fR|\fI4\fR\fP " 10
101     Reduce the size of the tabular and the font in the LaTeX output, given a reduction level.
102     The given argument must be one of 1, 2, 3 or 4.
103     The more the level is high, the more the tabular will appear small.
104     This is useful to shrink the table width when the printable data is made of very long text.
105     This option uses the extra `relsize' LaTeX package.
106     If you also use \fB\-\-nohead\fP option, do not forget to add
107     the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{relsize}".
108    
109 ben 7 .IP "\fB-z\fP \fB\-\-nohlines\fP " 10
110     Do not output horizontal lines in the table(s).
111    
112     .IP "\fB-y\fP \fB\-\-novlines\fP " 10
113     Do not output vertical lines in the table(s).
114    
115     .IP "\fB-e\fP \fB\-\-repeatheader\fP " 10
116     Repeat the first row of the first table in every table.
117     This is useful when the output is very long and separated in
118     multiple tables.
119    
120 ben 60 .IP "\fB-f \fI#\fR\fP \fB\-\-font \fI#\fR\fP " 10
121     Set the font size to be inserted on the header and use it to compute lines per table.
122     The given argument must be an integer in points unit.
123     If used in conjunction with \fB\-\-lines\fP set to 0, then the lines per tabular
124     is computed based on LaTeX \\textheight defaulting to 592 pt.
125     If the \fB\-\-longtable\fP is used, then the computation is not done.
126     If you also use \fB\-\-nohead\fP option, you should use the same font size
127     according to your own LaTeX document for best result.
128    
129     .IP "\fB-a\fP \fB\-\-landscape\fP " 10
130     Set landscape mode in the LaTeX document header. If used in conjunction with
131     \fB\-\-lines\fP set to 0 and \fB\-\-font\fP size, then the \\textheight used
132 ben 61 to compute lines per tabular defaults to (592 / 1.414) pt. If you also use \fB\-\-nohead\fP option, you should set your own LaTeX document to landscape mode for best result.
133 ben 60
134 ben 1 .SH "EXAMPLES"
135     .PP
136     Create a PDF document with small text, alternate gray rows, 80 lines per table,
137     from a guessed csv format of the january stats that my boss created with his
138     super point-and-click spreadsheet program (which could not generate a PDF output!).
139    
140     .PP
141     \fBcsv2latex \-\-guess \-\-lines 80 \-\-colorrows 0.75 \-\-reduce 2 january_stats.csv > january_stats.tex && pdflatex january_stats.tex\fR
142     .PP
143 49 Quickly preview a phonebook from a file formatted as "Surname" "Name" "Phone" "Cellular":
144 ben 1
145     .PP
146     \fBcsv2latex \-s p \-b d \-l 42 phonebook-sorted.txt | latex\fR
147     .SH "SEE ALSO"
148     .PP
149     tex (1), latex (1).
150 49 .\" created by instant / docbook-to-man

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