[OS X TeX] Tables

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Mon Aug 20 18:01:44 EDT 2007

At 11:40 PM +0200 8/20/07, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>Am 20.08.2007 um 20:26 schrieb Nathan Paxton:
>>And perhaps I need a column added later on.
>You can use a regular expression. The cells are 
>separated by ``&´´ characters. So it's easy to 
>insert another `` &´´ after n ``&´´ have 
>occurred ... Changing header and footer is 
>simple manual work.
>The regular expression describes that a line 
>starts with a set of characters of which none is 
>an ampersand. Then an ampersand follows. This 
>repeats n times. This description is then 
>replaced by itself plus an additional `` &´´. 
>Something like ^\([^&]+&[^&]+&[^&]+&[^&]+&\) => 
>\1 & or ^\(\([^&]+&\)\{n\}\) => \1 &.

These regular expressions seem to have too many \'s in them.  I think you meant

^([^&]+&){n}  (where n is the column number after 
which you want the insertion.)

The only problem with this is that in TeXShop 
(because of the OgreFind kit, I assume) there 
persists a bug in which the ^ denoting beginning 
of line doesn't actually work, so such regular 
expressions don't actually work as intended even 
though they will in another editor.

Frankly, I'd stick with Excel if the data is to 
be constantly changing.   Even without a plugin 
it's not very hard to add the relevant formatting 
to your Excel cells and then just cut and paste.


Alan Munn 
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