{automation} is about automating certain tasks when creating a (La)TeX document, e.g., with the help of {packages}, custom {macros} or {tools} for {compiling}.

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Automatic tabular cell switching

Now I want to automatically switch cols and rows by counting. I have already pinned the issue down to the alignment character &: \newcounter{myRow} \newcounter{myCol}[myRow] \setcounter{myRow}{1} ...
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Automating hline in longtable spanning many pages

Typesetting a document with lots of multipage longtables, How is it possible to automate a \hline at end of page. \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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Repeat and enumerate a part of document

I have 4 sets/groups of exam questions. I want to enumerate them from 1 to a number of persons. Because a number of students exceed 4 I must repeat the sets. If I had 40 students therefore I would ...
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typesetting long lists of numbers - is automatic tabling possible?

I have quite a lot of lists of numbers I need to put into my document. I am not sure how best to typeset them. Inspired by reading Add \midrule Every 5 Lines Automatically the other day, I sort of ...
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draw colored world/US map in LaTeX

I'm trying to draw maps similar to these in a LaTeX pdf document: I want to auto-generate them from a list of pairs (country,color) to determine the colors. I have found the package pst-map2dII ...
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Automate the description of the paper

Most or all papers have a final paragraph in the introduction that describes the sections that are present. I'd like to generate it automatically, I guess this should be possible because it is mostly ...
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Creating a LaTeX Template which is filled by a script

I have create some sort of Template I'm using for my reports. The Data shown in those document is collected by a script running on a webserver. I was wondering if there is an appropriate method for ...
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Create a service using Automator to compile .tex file in Mac

I'm using Mac OS 10.9.3, TeXLive-2013 and Scrivener to write my papers. I'd like to use Apple's Automator in order to create a service (available from the Finder's right-click menu over a file) called ...
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Make a polygon with automatically labelled nodes according to their coordinates

The goal: Make a polygon (and a circle containing that polygon at the nodes of the polygon, without the polygon's lines) with automatically numbered nodes according to their coordinates (x,y) [which ...
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Randomise rune selection with allrunes

The allrunes package provides a lot of runes. Some families, such as the Medieval runes, have a variety of variant forms; the runes for 'd', for example, include: I want to decorate a page border ...
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Does a (Lua) approach exist, to read XML data into a .tex file?

I am having a lot of data in .xml files which look like this: <DATA> <NAME="name" /> <VERSION="1" /> <VARIABLES> <TEST> <ELEMENT atr="0" ...
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How can I programmatically populate a PDF's pdfcreator field?

As I understand it, embedding (as metadata) the typesetting engine that was used to produce a PDF document is good practice. Here is an example of how this can be done using the hyperref package: ...
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How to use arara with TeXShop

I try to use arara with TeXShop on my Mac, but I don't understand some steps either javascript, probably because of my english & my programer level. I create first the arara.engine in the ...
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Suppress 2-letter ligature when 3-letter ligature would apply

Automatic handling of ligatures in TeX seems notoriously difficult but I was wondering whether in a font that has an ff and an fl ligature but no ffl one, it was possible to suppress the usage of any ...
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Print a short title in the header

I'm creating a style file to use as a template for submissions to a specific journal. That journal requires a short title in the header. I could easily hard-code such a short title in the style file ...
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Cancel the use of \baselineskip when at the top of page

I've defined a macro \myaddress which prints my address at the end of a document, cf. Simplify how I write my address in documents. That macro includes the use of \vspace{\baselineskip} to separate it ...
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How can I read in files paragraph by paragraph?

I have an interesting project here and, while I could do it manually, it seems to me to be an interesting puzzle to automate it. I have the following structure: ./ +- main.tex | +- originals/ | | | ...
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Querying a SharePoint list and typesetting the response with LuaLaTeX

I would like to generate some reports from data stored in SharePoint lists. It is possible to query the lists using web services and retrieve the data in a xml data format. For example, sending a ...
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Adding blank pages when generating multiple copies of a document [duplicate]

I'm generating multiple copies (right now, 2, but a general solution would be nice) of a letter with minor variations using datatool. I just realised that if I'm printing it double-sided. and if the ...
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How to use sed to comment some lines in tex files (has “%” a particular meaning for sed ?)

I've been reading something in Most useful sed one-liners for TeX users which is related to my problem, but albeit interesting, it is not what I need. I have many tex (beamer class) files in ...
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How to batch convert PS to PDF without leaving windows open?

I am new to TexShop and new to this forum so please forgive me if the question is dumb. I need to convert about 13,800 postscript files to PDF. TexShop can do it but the only ways I know how means ...
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Optimal arrangement of pictures/boxes in a page

Does anybody come up with a way to automatically arrange a few figures or boxes in a larger rectangle or page? Here it is a real world example: One is producing a beamer presentation. One has 4 or 5 ...
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Avoid repeating [hbt] and \centering for every table

In a document I'm writing, I'm using the familiar [hbt] option for my floating tables, and I center them. I'd like to avoid repeating that every time I'm creating a table. I assume it's easy to add ...
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Parametrized inclusion of sub-files

I'm preparing a Resume using LaTeX, mainly for the purpose of easy customization. In particular, I wish to be able to generate different outputs from the same input file by changing a few parameters. ...
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Possibility of extending LaTeX capabilities given technology advancements?

As countless questions/answers have noted in the past, LaTeX requires you to compile at least twice when there are references, TOC/LOF, etc. Many of these situations have been documented in the ...
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Updating words throughout document

In my job we deliver several of hundred physical assemblies per project - typically to offshore platforms in Nordsj√łen - each one has a corresponding tag (and also other metadata such as item ...
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Automatically remove ruler when no header is present

This is a question triggered by Automatically remove page number in one-page documents. When activating the fancyhdr package, it is necessary to clear the headers, which I do below with \fancyhf{}, ...
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Automatically remove page number in one-page documents

I find LaTeX's choice of putting a page number in one-page documents stylistically odd, so I would like to suppress that behavior. I've previously done this manually, but it would be better to not ...
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Inputting files alphabetically

I am creating an anthology of poems and songs, and have a main file where I am using \input to insert separates TeX files which contain the poems. I was wondering if there was a simpler way of ...
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Create an accessory that executes latex->dvi2ps->ps2pdf in WinEdt

I use WinEdt Build 20131031 (v. 8.1) 64-bit with Windows 7 and MikTeX 2.9. I would like to create an accessory ("latexdvi2ps2pdf") in execution modes for compiling tex documents in the following ...
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Is LaTeX intended for unattended typesetting?

With markup converters like Pandoc, it is now possible to generate LaTeX documents without ever touching any LaTeX code. However, obtaining aesthetic page breaks for slightly complex documents, ...
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Is there a package for automating equation colorization?

I'd like to have the equation colorization process be somewhat semantic, i.e., I can still type equations or math the ordinary way, except they occur in an environment in which the colorization ...
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Add additional title page if page number is large

I have a document that generates automatically. Sometimes number of its page becomes too large and I want to add additional title page for every part of it which is, for example, 2000 pages long. So, ...
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Automatically emphasize \author names in bibliography and citations

This is a follow-up question to Make specific author bold using biblatex. Using biblatex and biber and either XeLaTeX or LuaTeX, would it be possible to extract all names from the \author command, ...
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How do I automate writing list of symbols in my masters thesis?

I'm using documentclass{article}. I have symbols, both in inline text and inside equations. How can I automate the process of listing them?
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Library of reusable equations

I want to do something that sounds simple. I want to create an external file where I will store my equations. Then I would like to be able to these equations and input them in a document without ...
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Automated copy and paste?

I have found a program that can convert PDF to LaTeX, and so I have .tex files of various math textbooks. I want to make a list of theorems from the book, and so I have been manually copying and ...
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Put from external file?

I need to write a command that read a line from a text file and expand to the content of this line, the next command read the next line and so on. ... \command{arg} ... \command{arg} ... ...
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Letter with different addressees [duplicate]

I would like to generate several cover letters which except for the title and the address of the recipients are identical. I do not want to change the title and address every time, but rather want to ...
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Overwrite TikZ auto placement of weights in graph

So I have the following graph: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage[english]{babel} \begin{document} ...
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Hbox overfull: automatic linebreaks on spaces

I have a problem Overfull \hbox (13.62198pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 49--50. I read similar questions and all the solutions introduced a manual intervention directly into the text - e.g. using ...
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Is there an OCR that can convert an image of a formula into a TeX markup?

Is there an OCR software that can convert a graphical image (in PNG, GIF, TIFF, PDF... format) of a mathematical formula into the corresponding TeX markup?
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How to define a complicated hyphenation for Chinese pinyin

I am setting a document with Chinese pinyin. I use \- to separate syllables in pinyin phrases (eg. zhong\-wen). This not only allows for proper hyphenation, but also allows spell check in ...
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Short syntax for including multiple times the same pages in pdfpages

Using the pdfpages package I can do something like this to merge some pages of a document. \includepdf[page={1,1,1,2,2,10,10,10,10},nup=1x2]{mypdf.pdf} In this case 3 times pages 1 and 2 times ...
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Adding text to a different part of the document

I'm writing a LaTeX document at the moment which has problems (which are created in a {theorem} environment) for the reader in it. I'd like to put solutions to those problems in the end of the ...
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What tools are there to make LaTeX more viable at work

I do data mining in R, Python and various object oriented languages. I like using LaTeX to present my results; either to myself (i.e. use them for result interpretation/analysis) or to send to ...
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How can I automate the workflow for producing multiple versions of a document? [duplicate]

Say you have two versions of the same LaTeX document. For instance, you have one version of your lecture slides for actually delivering a lecture: as you're really not a big fan of the "wall of ...
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How to just print the calculation using sagetex

I want a command \simp which takes an algebraic expression E_1 and outputs E_1 = E_2 where E_2 is the simplified form of E_2. To do so I tried to use sagetex like this: \documentclass{article} ...
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TikZ to PDF from the command line

I am generating TikZ files using figures from MATLAB (using a MATLAB function from the stack exchange). I then open these files using TikzEdt, and generate the PDF file. Is there a way to make it ...
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How would you run the equivalent of a functional test/output test on a piece of LaTeX code?

In most programming languages one has the equivalent of a functional test, that can test code and see if the required output is correct and find edge cases. Is there a way to write similar tests, to ...