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41 <!-- Fill in your name for FIRSTNAME and SURNAME. -->
42 <!ENTITY dhfirstname "<firstname>BENOIT</firstname>">
43 <!ENTITY dhsurname "<surname>ROUITS</surname>">
44 <!-- Please adjust the date whenever revising the manpage. -->
45 <!ENTITY dhdate "<date>january 24, 2009</date>">
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48 <!ENTITY dhsection "<manvolnum>1</manvolnum>">
49 <!ENTITY dhemail "<email>brouits@free.fr</email>">
50 <!ENTITY dhusername "Benoit Rouits">
51 <!ENTITY dhucpackage "<refentrytitle>CSV2LATEX</refentrytitle>">
52 <!ENTITY dhpackage "csv2latex">
53
54 <!ENTITY ubuntu "<productname>Ubuntu</productname>">
55 <!ENTITY debian "<productname>Debian</productname>">
56 <!ENTITY gnu "<acronym>GNU</acronym>">
57 <!ENTITY gpl "&gnu; <acronym>GPL</acronym>">
58 ]>
59
60 <refentry>
61 <refentryinfo>
62 <address>
63 &dhemail;
64 </address>
65 <author>
66 &dhfirstname;
67 &dhsurname;
68 </author>
69 <copyright>
70 <year>2003</year>
71 <holder>&dhusername;</holder>
72 </copyright>
73 &dhdate;
74 </refentryinfo>
75 <refmeta>
76 &dhucpackage;
77
78 &dhsection;
79 </refmeta>
80 <refnamediv>
81 <refname>&dhpackage;</refname>
82
83 <refpurpose>convert a csv file into a LaTeX document</refpurpose>
84 </refnamediv>
85 <refsynopsisdiv>
86 <cmdsynopsis>
87 <command>&dhpackage;</command>
88 <arg><option>--nohead</option></arg>
89 <arg><option>--longtable</option></arg>
90 <arg><option>--noescape</option></arg>
91 <arg><option>--guess</option></arg>
92 <arg><option>--separator <replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>s</replaceable>|<replaceable>t</replaceable>|<replaceable>p</replaceable>|<replaceable>l</replaceable></option></arg>
93 <arg><option>--block <replaceable>q</replaceable>|<replaceable>d</replaceable>|<replaceable>n</replaceable></option></arg>
94 <arg><option>--lines <replaceable>#</replaceable></option></arg>
95 <arg><option>--position <replaceable>l</replaceable>|<replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>r</replaceable></option></arg>
96 <arg><option>--colorrows <replaceable>0-1</replaceable></option></arg>
97 <arg><option>--reduce <replaceable>1</replaceable>|<replaceable>2</replaceable>|<replaceable>3</replaceable>|<replaceable>4</replaceable></option></arg>
98 <arg>file</arg>
99 </cmdsynopsis>
100 </refsynopsisdiv>
101 <refsect1>
102 <title>DESCRIPTION</title>
103
104 <para>This manual page documents the <command>&dhpackage;</command> program.</para>
105 <para><command>&dhpackage;</command> is a program that reads a "comma separated values" (csv) file
106 and outputs a LaTeX file with one or more tabular environments to display
107 the printable values of the csv file. The LaTeX code is flushed on the standard output.
108 </para>
109
110 <para>So-called "comma separated values" files are common formats for exchanging two-dimensinal
111 tables between programs such as spreadsheets editors, to represent almost any kind of data.
112 By default, a csv file is made of printable data separated by commas (`,'), each comma
113 representing a `cell' separator, and each line representing a row. By extension, cell
114 separators can be represented by tabs if the comma is considered as printable data.
115 Moreover, some non true csv files can be assumed as two-dimensional tables as well.
116 In some circumstances, if the printable data includes the cell separator of the
117 exchange format, the latter can use a second extra character to embrace the printable
118 data into a block (e.g: quoted text). Thus, it is still possible to parse the file by
119 using the block delimiter (used twice to embrace the cell) instead of the separator.
120 </para>
121 <para><command>&dhpackage</command> aims to parse various csv formats plus formats that fits
122 into the above definiton, assuming the data is text, and to produce a yet simple LaTeX file
123 using the "tabular" environment for a table-style layout.
124 Some options of output will also use macros provided by extra
125 LaTeX packages that are commonly included in the main LaTeX distributions.
126 </para>
127 </refsect1>
128 <refsect1>
129 <title>OPTIONS</title>
130
131 <para>This program follows the usual &gnu; command line syntax,
132 with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of
133 options is included below.</para>
134
135 <variablelist>
136 <varlistentry>
137 <term><option>-h</option>
138 <option>--help</option>
139 </term>
140 <listitem>
141 <para>Show summary of options.</para>
142 </listitem>
143 </varlistentry>
144 <varlistentry>
145 <term><option>-v</option>
146 <option>--version</option>
147 </term>
148 <listitem>
149 <para>Show version of program.</para>
150 </listitem>
151 </varlistentry>
152 <varlistentry>
153 <term><option>-n</option>
154 <option>--nohead</option>
155 </term>
156 <listitem>
157 <para>Do not output the LaTeX document header.
158 This is useful when the output is to be included as a separate file into the master document.
159 </para>
160 </listitem>
161 </varlistentry>
162 <varlistentry>
163 <term><option>-t</option>
164 <option>--longtable</option>
165 </term>
166 <listitem>
167 <para>uses the 'longtable' package instead of the 'tabular' one.
168 This is useful when the input is long, with <option>--lines 0</option> option.
169 This option uses the extra `longtable' LaTeX package.
170 If you also use <option>--nohead</option> option, do not forget to add
171 the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{longtable}".
172 </para>
173 </listitem>
174 </varlistentry>
175 <varlistentry>
176 <term><option>-x</option>
177 <option>--noescape</option>
178 </term>
179 <listitem>
180 <para>Do not escape TeX control characters from the input.
181 This is useful when the input contains already TeX code.
182 </para>
183 </listitem>
184 </varlistentry>
185 <varlistentry>
186 <term><option>-g</option>
187 <option>--guess</option>
188 </term>
189 <listitem>
190 <para>Try to guess the csv format.
191 This is useful when the input is not strictly a comma separated set of printable data.
192 For example, a line like %Foo, Bar%:%Wizz: Hey% may be parsed as "Foo, Bar" then "Wizz: Hey".
193 </para>
194 </listitem>
195 </varlistentry>
196 <varlistentry>
197 <term><option>-s <replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>s</replaceable>|<replaceable>t</replaceable>|<replaceable>p</replaceable>|<replaceable>l</replaceable></option>
198 <option>--separator <replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>s</replaceable>|<replaceable>t</replaceable>|<replaceable>p</replaceable>|<replaceable>l</replaceable></option>
199 </term>
200 <listitem>
201 <para>Set the given separator as cell separator of the csv format.
202 `c' means a comma (default).
203 `s' means a semicolon.
204 `t' means a tab.
205 `p' means a space.
206 `l' means a colon.
207 </para>
208 </listitem>
209 </varlistentry>
210 <varlistentry>
211 <term><option>-b <replaceable>q</replaceable>|<replaceable>d</replaceable>|<replaceable>n</replaceable></option>
212 <option>--block <replaceable>q</replaceable>|<replaceable>d</replaceable>|<replaceable>n</replaceable></option>
213 </term>
214 <listitem>
215 <para>Set the given block delimiter that embraces the printable data of the csv format.
216 `q' means a simple quote.
217 `d' means a double quote.
218 `n' means no quoting at all (default).
219 </para>
220 </listitem>
221 </varlistentry>
222 <varlistentry>
223 <term><option>-l <replaceable>#</replaceable></option>
224 <option>--lines <replaceable>#</replaceable></option>
225 </term>
226 <listitem>
227 <para>Force to output multiple tabulars, each having a limited number of lines.
228 The given argument must be a POSITIVE INTEGER VALUE. This is useful when
229 the number of input rows is too big to fit into a single papersheet.
230 A good average for a4 paper is about 40 lines (default). 0 means infinity
231 (actualy about 2 Giga lines).
232 </para>
233 </listitem>
234 </varlistentry>
235 <varlistentry>
236 <term><option>-p <replaceable>l</replaceable>|<replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>r</replaceable></option>
237 <option>--position <replaceable>l</replaceable>|<replaceable>c</replaceable>|<replaceable>r</replaceable></option>
238 </term>
239 <listitem>
240 <para>Set the text position in all cells at once.
241 This simply uses one of the three basic cell formating options of the LaTeX tabular environment.
242 `l' means left-aligned (default).
243 `c' means centered.
244 `r' means right-aligned.
245 </para>
246 </listitem>
247 </varlistentry>
248 <varlistentry>
249 <term><option>-c <replaceable>0-1</replaceable></option>
250 <option>--colorrows <replaceable>0-1</replaceable></option>
251 </term>
252 <listitem>
253 <para>Alternate white/gray rows on the LaTeX output, having the given graylevel.
254 The given argument must be a REAL NUMBER BETWEEN 0 AND 1.
255 0 means black while 1 means white.
256 A nice looking value is 0.75 when printed on white paper.
257 This option uses the extra `colortbl' LaTeX package.
258 If you also use <option>--nohead</option> option, do not forget to add
259 the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{colortbl}".
260 </para>
261 </listitem>
262 </varlistentry>
263 <varlistentry>
264 <term><option>-r <replaceable>1</replaceable>|<replaceable>2</replaceable>|<replaceable>3</replaceable>|<replaceable>4</replaceable></option>
265 <option>--reduce <replaceable>1</replaceable>|<replaceable>2</replaceable>|<replaceable>3</replaceable>|<replaceable>4</replaceable></option>
266 </term>
267 <listitem>
268 <para>Reduce the size of the tabular and the font in the LaTeX output, given a reduction level.
269 The given argument must be one of 1, 2, 3 or 4.
270 The more the level is high, the more the tabular will appear small.
271 This is useful to shrink the table width when the printable data is made of very long text.
272 This option uses the extra `relsize' LaTeX package.
273 If you also use <option>--nohead</option> option, do not forget to add
274 the following line into the header of your master document: "\\usepackage{relsize}".
275 </para>
276 </listitem>
277 </varlistentry>
278 </variablelist>
279 </refsect1>
280 <refsect1>
281
282 <title>EXAMPLES</title>
283
284 <para>Create a PDF document with small text, alternate gray rows, 80 lines per table,
285 from a guessed csv format of the january stats that my boss created with his
286 super point-and-click spreadsheet program (which could not generate a PDF output!).
287 </para>
288 <para>
289 <command>&dhpackage; --guess --lines 80 --colorrows 0.75 --reduce 2 january_stats.csv > january_stats.tex && pdflatex january_stats.tex</command>
290 </para>
291
292 <para>Quickly preview a phonebook from a file formated as "Surname" "Name" "Phone" "Cellular":
293 </para>
294 <para>
295 <command>&dhpackage; -s p -b d -l 42 phonebook-sorted.txt | latex</command>
296 </para>
297
298 </refsect1>
299 <refsect1>
300
301 <title>SEE ALSO</title>
302
303 <para>tex (1), latex (1).</para>
304
305 </refsect1>
306 </refentry>
307
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312 sgml-shorttag:t
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318 sgml-default-dtd-file:nil
319 sgml-exposed-tags:nil
320 sgml-local-catalogs:nil
321 sgml-local-ecat-files:nil
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