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Automatic report generation with your text editor, Perl, and LaTeX

Richard Hardwick


I describe a simple system for producing standard evaluation reports. The evaluator writes plain text files. A Perl script reads the text files and uses the Perl module ``" containing a ready-made LaTeX template to generate the final LaTeX report.

I started playing with computers in 1965. I was trying to simulate the growth of the pea crop, using Fortran, for my Ph D. I first found TeX in the late 1980's. I've never been more than what the French call a lambda user. My greatest triumph was producing the European Commission's best looking — and, so far as I know, only — official document written in LaTeX (ref COM/97/0327 final).

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