# Import author list from a txt file in latex

I'm trying to import author list to my latex article. But keep getting errors. Here is my code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{verbatim}
\title{\verbatiminput{title.txt}}
\author{\verbatiminput{authors.txt}}
\date{\verbatiminput{date.txt}}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
Hello world!
\end{document}


and the authors.txt

ya zhang


and I got this error:

! LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
...

l.7    \maketitle

?


Can anyone help? Thanks a lot.

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## 1 Answer

Use \input rather than \verbatiminput:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents,verbatim}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{filecontents,verbatim}
\begin{filecontents*}{authors.txt}
ya zhang
\end{filecontents*}
\title{My title}%\title{\input{title.txt}}
\author{\input{authors.txt}}
\date{\today}%\date{\input{date.txt}}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
Hello world!
\end{document}


If you wish to format the title with different fonts (the only gain from using something like \verbatiminput, without more detail provided), you can supply that as part of the arguments:

\title{\ttfamily My title}
%...

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that works, Thanks a lot. –  user2522104 Jun 26 '13 at 15:47
I'm wondering why the author element can't use verbatiminput? The title and date elements works well. Could you tell me? –  user2522104 Jun 26 '13 at 15:51
@user2522104: The author is handled differently than the title and date. The latter two are set as-is, while the former is set inside a tabular, where some characters have special meaning. The only reason to use \verbatiminput would be if you require special symbols to be interpreted in the regular way (which should not be the case with authors). –  Werner Jun 26 '13 at 16:57
I see, Thanks a lot. –  user2522104 Jun 28 '13 at 20:54