[XeTeX] Automate table creation

Tobias Schoel liesdiedatei at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 1 13:55:39 CET 2012

Look for looping packages, e.g. multido and pgffor. pgffor's foreach 
command seems to be quite suitable, except I haven't yet made it work 
inside tabulars.

On 01.03.2012 04:27, Aleksandr Andreev wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I am wondering if someone could guide me as to how to create a macro
> in XeTeX that will do the following.
> Background: I'm creating some files that demonstrate whether or not
> OpenType features are correctly implemented in a font (for now, I am
> only concerned with the correct positioning of diacritics). For this,
> I would like to create a set of tables.
> Across the columns of the table, I will have the diacritic marks; for
> illustrative purposes, let's say they are U+0300, U+0301 and U+0311,
> etc. (the actual file will have about 20 such marks)
> Down the rows, I am putting characters, say U+0410 (Cyrillic A),
> U+0415 (Cyrillic Ie), etc, about 50 total, not necessarily contiguous
> within Unicode.
> In each cell of the Table, all I need is to combine the character and
> the diacritic.
> So, for example, I'll have:
> begin{tabular}
>   &  ̀&  ́ \\
> A&  À&  Á \\
> etc.
> Here's the question: is there any way to write a TeX macro to build
> this table automatically -- i.e., I feed it the list of characters and
> diacritics, and it creates the Table? Basically, I'm being lazy and
> not wanting to type out the entire 50x20 table.
> Thanks!
> Aleksandr
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