I am trying to create a LaTeX command that will allow me to insert pre-defined tables with a minimum of fuss. This will also allow me to change the overall format of tables (e.g. caption above or below) globally, without having to modify each instance.
Ideally, I am thinking something along the lines of
label corresponds to the float's label (for linking purposes), and
caption corresponds to the caption displayed above (or below) the table. I would like to use
label for the filename also, e.g. the table contents would be defined in
The problem I have is that I use colons in my labels to distinguish tables, figures, and sections in a consistent manner. For example, a table relating to a structure's mass budget would have a label like
t:structure:mass; in Windows, I cannot have colons in filenames, so I would like the function
\includetable to replace colons with hyphens when calling
The closest thing I've found on Stack Overflow is http://stackoverflow.com/questions/95824/replace-a-character-with-a-string-in-latex, but I can't get this to work with colons instead of commas. Suggestions?