[texhax] Converting LaTeX files into MS Word
will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Nov 22 15:56:14 CET 2006
On Nov 21, 2006, at 7:03 AM, peralta wrote:
> I am about to begin writing a book for a publisher. The publisher
> says they
> prefer to receive the text via MS Word files. I will have many
> equations, and
> was considering using LaTeX, which I have downloaded and explored.
> From the
> FAQs, I believe there is no conversion program available that can
> complicated documents created on LaTeX into MS Word. Is that
> correct? If so, I
> will not use LaTeX.
Well, there's the commercial program tex2word, though the free
latex2rtf is quite good.
That said, getting equations from anything into a page layout program
can be quite arduous, and it's best to take this into consideration
Using LaTeX, and then getting a custom format to directly typeset the
book is the best option, especially if there's a tight schedule.
More typical methods involve re-setting _all_ of the equations using
an XTension or plug-in in Quark XPress or InDesign, which requires
checking _all_ of the equations, character-for-character.
Another option would be to use MathType equations in Word and then
compose the book on a Windows system which also has that installed
--- I believe the OLE objects will be preserved, but this only works
if the equations need not be coloured.
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