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MAILMERGE: repeat amount of text merging fields

author: Miguel Vinicius Santini Frasson

2009--09--23 version 1.0

The LaTeX package mailmerge provides an interface to produce text from
a template where fields are replaced by actual data, like in a
database.  It is useful to produce several letters from a template,
certificates or other such documents.  It allows to access the entry
number, number of entries and so on.

Generation of sty file and documentation from DTX and INS files
===============================================================

-> generating mailmerge.sty
latex mailmerge.ins

-> generating documentation in pdf form
pdflatex mailmerge.dtx
pdflatex mailmerge.dtx
makeindex -s gind.ist -o mailmerge.ind mailmerge.idx
pdflatex mailmerge.dtx
pdflatex mailmerge.dtx

Suggestion of instalation
=========================

1) Put inside your TEXINPUTS variable points to or

2) Inside TEXMF tree > tex > latex
   create a directory named mailmerge and put mailmerge.sty there.
   
   Inside TEXMF tree > doc > latex
   create a directory named mailmerge and put mailmerge.pdf there.

Example of usage
================

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{ifthen,mailmerge}

\begin{document}

% \ifequal{A}{B}{what if A=B}{what if A<>B}
\newcommand{\ifequal}[2]{\ifthenelse{\equal{#1}{#2}}}

\mailfields{name,friends,drives}

\mailrepeat{\section*{\field{name}'s profile}
   \field{name} has
   \ifequal{\field{friends}}{}
     {no friends}
     {\field{friends} as friends}.
   \ifequal{\field{drives}}{yes}{Drives.}{Doesn't drive.}
   \par (entry \entrynumber\ of \numberofentries)
   % \newpage optional
}

\mailentry{John,{Bart and Robert},yes}
\mailentry{Sara,{Jean, Phillip and Maria},no}
\mailentry{Edward,,yes}

\end{document}


Licence
=======

Copyright (C) 2009 Miguel V. S. Frasson (mvsfrasson@gmail.com)

Licence: LPPL

This package may be distributed under the terms of the LaTeX
Project Public License, as described in lppl.txt in the base
LaTeX distribution, either version 1.2 or (at your option)
any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.