# [R] Combining Sweave and LaTeX-packages?

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 18:43:45 CET 2008

```Also check out the xtable package.

On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM, Oliver Bandel
<oliver at first.in-berlin.de> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> a while ago I asked for collaboration support
> R <-> LaTeX.
>
> I got some answers, and Sweave was one, to use
> the Hmisc package another one.
>
> Both  have their advantages and drawbacks.
>
> At the moment I would absolutely prefer Sweave,
> because the inclusion is done automatically, and I do not
> have to \include{myRTeXFile} by myself.
>
> One (THE) drawback is, that the results of commands
> normally will be included as verbose text.
> This is ok for many applications, but when printing data-frames,
> this often looks unclear for the eye.
>
> But Hmisc's latex() function(s) create always *.tex-files.
> Then I have to use the include-statement by myself and also
> my working directory will be filled up with *.tex files...
>
> I just want to have the TeX-output to appear in the *.tex,
> that Sweave creates.
>
> I found out, that Sweave can also be used in a way, that
> it interprets a code chunk as TeX-stuff, for example
> the output of a function can create LaTeX-stuff and then it
> will be used "as is" for TeXing (with option "results=tex").
>
> This is fine.
>
> I have written a simple function that does a simple table layout, but so
> far is not very flexible. It just prints a data-frame in LaTeX-syntax in
> a tabular environment, but alignment is fixed so far.
>
>
> Before I might invest more time to develop a more flexible
> set of functions (and then making a package out of it) I
> want to know, if there is already something like this, so I do not
> have to invent the already existing wheel again.
>
> If there is such a package (or even more than one),
> which would you recommend?
>
> If there is nothing for this application,
> what general rules would you give, for developing such a package,
> or a package in general? Should I use S4-OOP-style?
>
> Ciao,
>   Oliver
>
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