[OS X TeX] OT: Applescript help

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Wed Mar 10 00:15:05 CET 2010

On Mar 9, 2010, at 5:58 PM, Vic Norton wrote:

> Your labeling is what had me buffaloed, Alan. I assumed your  
> "csv2latex" did what it says it does---convert "comma separated  
> values" to tabular latex data. In fact it does almost nothing to  
> "comma separated values". It does convert "tab separated  
> values" (like you would copy off of a spreadsheet) to tabular latex  
> data. An appropriate name for your routine might be "tsv2latex".
> The compiled "csv2latex" does convert "comma separated values" to  
> latex tabular data.
> Now that I've figured out that I'm supposed to use "tab separated  
> values" in TeXShop, "Paste Spreadsheet Cells" works fine---and I do  
> appreciate having this tool at my disposal.

Yes, you're right, the basic format is tab separated since it's  
designed for cut and paste. Maybe I should just change the name as you  
suggest and be done with causing this confusion.


> Regards,
> A no longer perplexed Vic
> On Mar 9, 2010, at 12:30 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>> On Mar 9, 2010, at 11:57 AM, Vic Norton wrote:
>>> I'll have to say that the TeXShop "Paste Spreadsheet Cells" macro  
>>> is a complete mystery to me. When I run "csv2latex" from terminal  
>>> I get what I would expect. Running "Paste Spreadsheet Cells" from  
>>> TeXShop with some csv data in the clipboard doesn't give me  
>>> anything like tabular data. In effect it just pastes the csv data,  
>>> commas and all, into the TeXShop document.
>> Unfortunately there's a naming problem that has arisen.  There's  
>> another csv2latex program around that converts a csv file to latex  
>> table format.  Perhaps that's what you have when you run from the  
>> command line.  My script modifies the contents of the clipboard  
>> directly, and now (as Herb notes) should reside within ~/Library/ 
>> TeXShop/bin
>> Alan
>>> Obviously I am missing something.
>>> Regards,
>>> Vic
>>> On Mar 9, 2010, at 10:42 AM, Alan Munn wrote:
>>>> Hi, this is somewhat off-topic, but ultimately relates to TeXShop.
>>>> Someone has requested a change to csv2latex (the script  
>>>> underlying the Paste Spreadsheet Cells macro in TeXShop) so that  
>>>> the $ character is not escaped (currently, that is the  
>>>> behaviour). This is easy to implement with a command line option  
>>>> to the ruby script, but I'm struggling with a way of passing that  
>>>> option via Applescript. The current Applescript uses "choose from  
>>>> list" to present the list of table style options.  What I'd like  
>>>> to do is add a checkbox to that dialogue corresponding to the  
>>>> option, but this doesn't seem to be possible.  Can anyone  
>>>> familiar with Applescript suggest a way of implementing this?
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Alan
>>>> -- 
>>>> Alan Munn
>>>> amunn at gmx.com
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Alan Munn
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