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

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Tue Jul 14 23:44:51 EDT 2009

At 1:07 PM +1200 7/15/09, Rolf Turner wrote:
>On 15/07/2009, at 12:55 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>>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
>	<snip>
>	There is no accounting for taste, or the lack thereof.
>	I have *never* found tables to be a pain in the anywhere,
>	in LaTeX.  Page 64 of Lamport's book makes everything crystal
>	clear.  Whereas I wouldn't touch Excel with a sterilised
>	barge pole.  For anything.
>	Fortunately freedom of choice prevails; except insofar as
>	the MicroSoft monopoly forces the rest of us to use the MS
>	junk ``because everybody else does''.

And your point is? If you don't need it, don't use it. Some of us 
live in a world where we use a variety of tools as fit our own 
workflow.  Nothing in what I posted implied that tables were 
difficult to understand, so reference to Lamport is pretty 
irrelevant. I suppose you must feel smugly superior with your 
posting. Many people use Excel for various reasons, and having a 
simple way to cut and paste between Excel and LaTeX may be useful to 
those people.  Since you're not one of them, simply go about your 
business as if nothing had happened.

(I guess I shouldn't feed the troll, but I'd like to keep this list 
the friendly place it usually is.)


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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