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How to create readable name tags
Selecting name-tag holdersMost name-tag holders in the US are designed to hold a name tag that's 4 inches wide, 3 inches high. Most name-tag holders in Europe are designed to hold a name tag that's 90mm wide, 54mm high. The US size is better for readability but the Europe size is adequate. There are other sizes.
Name-tag holders have several different attachment mechanisms:
Of course, if you're stealing a pile of name tags rather than buying them, you'll have to make do with what you have.
Preparing the list of attendeesThe instructions below assume that you have a simple text file attendees.txt, one attendee per line, with a colon separating the name from the affiliation:
Brian May:Liverpool John Moores University Spike Lee:New York University John Cleese:Cornell UniversityAccents might work properly if your file is UTF-8 encoded.
Creating the PDFThese instructions assume that you are running Ubuntu. Install the TeX typesetting system (as root) if you don't have it installed already:
aptitude install texlive-fullDownload the readablenametags script and the default logo:
wget https://nametags.cr.yp.to/readablenametags wget https://nametags.cr.yp.to/nametagscrypto.pdf chmod 755 readablenametagsCreate the PDF:
LOGO=nametagscrypto.pdf WIDTH=4in HEIGHT=3in PAPER=letterpaper \ ./readablenametags < attendees.txt > tags.tex pdflatex tagsThis creates 4-inch-by-3-inch name tags on letter paper (with marks showing where you should cut):
For typical European name tags you would use
LOGO=nametagscrypto.pdf WIDTH=90mm HEIGHT=54mm PAPER=a4paper \ ./readablenametags < attendees.txt > tags.tex pdflatex tagsinstead. To put your own conference name, logo, etc. on the name tags, replace nametagscrypto.pdf with your own PDF or JPG, formatted as a thin horizontal strip.
Print the PDF (single-sided), cut appropriately, fold each name tag in half (essential if your name-tag holders prefer showing their back sides, and helpful for stability in any case), and insert each name tag into a holder. You might want to try printing one page of the PDF first to check that the size is good for the holder.
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