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I'm helping to organize a symposium, and I'd like to generate the event programs with LaTeX. Is there an appropriate package for this, or should I do it by hand? Thanks in advance!

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It depends on what exactly you need, if you only need a schedule or if you'll need to add the abstracts, for example. You should provide more information. (Perhaps a CTAN search could be enough.) – henrique Feb 23 '12 at 0:04
A lot depends on what goes into the program. I would be inclined to generate the programs as a table using the longtable package (assuming they might span mulitple pages) and use the datatool package to read a CSV file containing the schedule information itself. Then its easy to generate new schedules as the CSV data is updated. – Alan Munn Feb 23 '12 at 0:49

Years ago I created a conference programme manual with the help of LaTeX. We used a self-developed online tool for the different sessions, so I asked the developer to give me a list of all days, rooms, session and presentations. I fed this list into my own MySQL database and with the help of PHP generated a series of SQL statements querying the days, rooms, sessions, etc. I generated then the necessary LaTeX code and pasted this directly into the programme. The big advantage was that with any change in the original database I just had to rerun my scripts.

If you are interested, have a look at the file http://uweziegenhagen.de/compstat/final8.pdf

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I'll try to find the file again, I should have it somewhere. – Uwe Ziegenhagen Dec 21 '13 at 22:14
The link is working again. – Uwe Ziegenhagen Dec 23 '13 at 18:00
The link is non-working again, I’m afraid… – Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine Jun 17 at 18:16
I have fixed it again. Sorry. Today I would not use PHP but Python with the pandas library instead. – Uwe Ziegenhagen Jun 17 at 20:27

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