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I am looking into the feasibility of using Latex to write reports. The reports which I generally write are quite repetitive and only really include small changes, such as an address, zone rules, predictions, etc.

What I was hoping to do was basically hoping to achieve is the ability to do something along the lines of defining a class (which has rather set wording and structure) and then input the necessary information such as address, etc. So I imagine it would looks something along the lines of...

\documentclass(report_centre_type1)

\address(123 some st)

\zonerules(thiszone)

etc...

There would be a rather large number inputs, but the basic idea is the wording would be change within the template at the relevant places.... ie.

Text text text blah blah blah [address]. blah blah blah text [zone].

New section(thiszone)

if(thiszone) text text text, image, table, etc.

if(thatzone) text text text, image, etc.

Hopefully that makes sense, I am just having trouble finding a tutorial for achieving this, and I may be going down the wrong path in trying to define a class for this, rather than perhaps just utilising an existing class and creating functions with the required inputs?

Any help pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated.

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If you've never designed a class before, it might be simpler to use an existing class and make a package instead, although you can also make a new class that loads an existing class. For a completely worked out example that is similar but not identical to what you might need, see Making a class to generate colored tables with a predefined layout. –  Alan Munn Jan 13 at 1:09
    
Thanks a lot Alan, I believe this is right in line with what I am trying to achieve and should be a perfect starting point. –  Daniel Jan 13 at 1:33
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You could also consider merging a data file with a template. The template in this case is a standard (la)tex document which has code to merge in your data file. This is normally done when you want to create many versions of a document (e.g. a module assessment for every student in your class or a bunch of similar letters to different places). So you could even create multiple reports in a single run, if you wanted to. –  cfr Jan 13 at 1:43

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