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I want to make a number of badges using LaTeX for the participants of a summer school. There are 40 or so people, so I don't want to manually change the name and compile and then print. I could think of:

  1. Making a single document with a dropdown box with 40 choices. I don't know if it is possible to automate the choosing and printing in this case.

  2. Using a script language such as python to call latex to do the job. But I have 0 experience with Python, and I didn't find a foolproof tutorial on the web (probably because of wrong search keywords).

So...I'm waiting for you guys to come up with a good solution :-).

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You should search this side for "serial letter". This will give you some examples on how people are getting data from .csv and producing mutliple pdfs from it. – LaRiFaRi Jul 11 '14 at 12:40
Probably datatool package provides some help – Christian Hupfer Jul 11 '14 at 12:49
There's also csvsimple, which would surely be enough for this kind of task. Would take the fun out of the answer below, however.... – jon Jul 11 '14 at 13:43
Related: Template for Cubicle Tags (Desk Tags) in LaTeX. – Mike Renfro Jul 11 '14 at 14:49
up vote 8 down vote accepted



\@for \name:=%
{{Werner}{Not Here}},%
{{Gonzalo}{Not There}}%
\do {
Name: \Name\\
Afilliation: \Affiliation

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Thank you. It is a good start. Is there an \affiliation too?I tried but failed. – Troy Woo Jul 11 '14 at 13:21
@user74973 updated with two fields per name, more could be added as an exercise:-) – David Carlisle Jul 11 '14 at 13:28
Wow,I really need to learn such techniques...is it something written in the texbook? – Troy Woo Jul 11 '14 at 13:30
@user74973 \@for \@firstoftwo are defined in the latex format (so not in the texbook) The texbook of course describes the primitoves that define those commands. – David Carlisle Jul 11 '14 at 13:32

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