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Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets (aka bubble sheet)?

EDIT 1: No choice. I think I must use PSTricks and \multido to make it.

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Perhaps some more detail on the requirements for such a package? – Joseph Wright Dec 4 '10 at 19:02
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\newcommand{\AddToks}[1]{\toks@=\expandafter{\the\toks@ #1}}
    \rowNo=0 %
      \advance\rowNo by 1
      \AddToks{\strobe & }
         \the\rowNo & 
         \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX & \BOX%






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thanks for answering. What is the command to create an ovalbox instead of a framebox? – xport Jan 3 '11 at 13:19
@xport-is-sleeping: use \usepackage{pict2e} to allow all radii and then \def\BOX{\leavevmode\put(0,0.6){\oval(3.55,2)}} – Herbert Jan 3 '11 at 13:29
@Herbert could you take look to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/285074/… – Educ Dec 29 '15 at 14:06

Given good specifications how the sheet should look like (positions, sizes, extra markings, etc.) it shouldn't be too hard to create an answer sheet with TikZ.

As I lack these specification, I can only show you a simple proof of concept:


    \foreach \line in {1,2,...,4} {
        \begin{scope}[yshift=-\line cm]
            \foreach \count/\desc in {1/A, 2/B, 3/C, 4/D, 5/E} { 
                \node at ({\count * 0.5}, 0.4) {\desc};
                \node at (0,0) {\normalsize\textbf{\line}};
                \node[draw,circle,inner sep=1pt] at ({\count * 0.5},0) {\count};


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Oh tikz, is there anything you -can't- do? – flip Dec 5 '10 at 23:24
@flip: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/4404/… – Caramdir Dec 6 '10 at 0:00
Touché! – flip Dec 6 '10 at 0:24
thank for answering. Tikz is great, but I only know beloved PSTricks. :-) – xport Dec 6 '10 at 3:24

Not a direct solution, but there were some people working on something called 'LOFT' a while back -


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Hi flip, thank you for the link. It is very interesting info. By the way, is it open source project? – xport Dec 5 '10 at 1:13
I believe so, but, I've never seen the code... I did a little searching around after I posted this and can't seem to find anything. This really does seem like something that would exist... – flip Dec 5 '10 at 3:30
perhaps wait a bit and then offer a bounty? – Yossi Farjoun Dec 5 '10 at 23:00
I have not offered a bounty because I don't know what it is. – xport Dec 6 '10 at 3:26
@xport: see “What if I don't get a good answer?” in the faq. (Questions need to be two days old before a bounty can be offered.) – Caramdir Dec 6 '10 at 3:58

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