Oohh, Perl + LaTeX = Yum!
Have you thought about taking a look at what the Sql-Ledger people are using? It seems to me that they are using perl to fill in and "compile" LaTEX templates to postscript and then passing the result off to Ghostscript to make the PDF.
I was actually thinking about doing the very same (to write cover letters) and had almost started working on it, and then had forgotten it. Thanks for reminding me. Could you possibly provide more details and/or pointers?
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