# How do I provide a transcript of a conversation?

I'm looking for a package to help with the layout of an interview transcript are there any good packages to do such a task. If possible could you provide a minimum working example?

Perhaps something that aligns the names to the text, and uses a columnar layout for the people vs what they said.

I think you really just need the description environment, which you can easily tweak to your liking. What about:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{xparse}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[description]{
font={\sffamily\bfseries},
labelsep=0pt,
labelwidth=\transcriptlen,
leftmargin=\transcriptlen,
}

\newlength{\transcriptlen}

\NewDocumentCommand {\setspeaker} { mo } {%
\IfNoValueTF{#2}
{\expandafter\newcommand\csname#1\endcsname{\item[#1:]}}%
{\expandafter\newcommand\csname#1\endcsname{\item[#2:]}}%
\IfNoValueTF{#2}
{\settowidth{\transcriptlen}{#1}}%
{\settowidth{\transcriptlen}{#2}}%
}

% Easiest to put the longest name last...
\setspeaker{Bob}
\setspeaker{Billy}[Billy Bob]

% How much of a gap between speakers and text?

\begin{document}
\begin{description}

\Bob I'm looking for a package to help with the layout of an
interview transcript are there any good packages to do such a
task. If possible could you provide a minimum working example?

\Billy I'm looking for a package to help with the layout of an
interview transcript are there any good packages to do such a
task. If possible could you provide a minimum working example?

\xxx Perhaps something that aligns the names to the text, and uses a
columnar layout for the people vs what they said.

\end{description}
\end{document}


• Hi, great answer! Can I set the speaker from a command like \newcommand\myself{myname} \setspeaker{\myself}? I get an error Missing \endcsname inserted. – Ben Oct 5 '17 at 19:30

Package dramatist is intended to write plays, but I guess an interview is a mini-play too.

\documentclass{minimal}
\usepackage{dramatist}
\begin{document}
\begin{drama}
\Character{John Dow}{dow}
\Character{Jane Roe}{roe}

\dowspeaks: I am John Dow.

\roespeaks: I am Jane Roe.  \direct{\roe{} leaves}
\end{drama}
\end{document}