A very simple tool for mailmerge tasks using LaTeX templates interspersed with Python code.
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latex-mailmerge

This is a very simplistic tool that takes a Latex document with Python Code embedded between \begin{python}\end{python} and a CSV or XML file and evaluates all the Python code for every line in the CSV or every of the XML file. During the evaluation of the embedded code, a variable for every column of the CSV file is available that contains the corresponding value at the current row. In the case of XML input, a variable for every child of is created.

For every row in the CSV file, respectively every of the XML, the part of the Latex document between \begin{document} and \end{document} is copied with the results of the Python evaluation pasted in.

The Python snippets don't share any state between them. There are no security measures whatsoever taken to prevent a malicious document from eating your data.

I use it to generate certificates for course attendance.

Usage

  1. Prepare your CSV or XML. For CSV, there should be no empty lines and every column should have a header. If it's not ,-separated, but ;-separated (as produced by OOCalc) add the --oocalc switch at step 3.
  2. Prepare your Latex template. It should be a normal Latex document, except you can have Python code between \begin{python} and \end{python}. In this code there are magic variables available: The headers of your columns and _text. Python expressions can ignore _text, Python statements should assign to text. See the example folder for an example template.
  3. Run python mailmerge.py template.tex data.csv. It produces out.tex. XML files are recognized via the .xml extension.
  4. Run (pdf)Latex on out.tex

Try running without arguments to get some usage information. See the examples folder for examples.

Magic Variables

In your template you can use the following magic variables:

  • _text: Assign to this in Python statements. The code block will be replaced by the value of _text
  • _line: An integer that is set to the current line of the csv.

Besides these every column header in your csv defines one variable.