[OS X TeX] Excel tables to LaTeX - new script

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Tue Jul 14 20:55:24 EDT 2009

Hi everyone,

Tables are always a pain in the neck to write in LaTeX.  I used to 
use an Excel macro xl2latex.xls which would convert an Excel table to 
LaTeX, but now that I have the latest and greatest [sic] Excel 2008, 
which no longer supports VB Macros I'm back to square 1.

A while ago when this discussion cropped up here, some one posted a 
nice Ruby script by Tom Counsell which does the trick very nicely. 
I've now taken Tom's script and modified it to make it support more 
table types, and added an applescript which can be used as a TeXShop 
macro, so that inserting an Excel table in TeXShop can now be as 
simple as copying from Excel and pasting using the macro.

If you think you would find this useful, please try it out:


Questions and comments (and bug reports?) are welcome.

I'd especially welcome additions to the documentation which would 
explain how to use the script with editors other than TeXShop, since 
it certainly can be.

Perhaps this would be a useful thing to add to TeXShop itself.


Alan Munn						amunn at msu.edu
Department of Linguistics
and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages		Tel. 
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824 USA	Fax	517-432-2736

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