[texhax] MS Word to Mathtype
Firestone, Elaine R. (GSFC-616.0)[BIOSPHERICAL INSTRUMENTS INC]
elaine.r.firestone at nasa.gov
Thu Dec 15 16:54:37 CET 2011
Boy, this is news to me that Word will convert a .doc file to a .tex file. I've been using TeX (actual TeX, not LaTeX) since 1992 and MS Word for the Mac since around that same time period and I've never seen that capability in Word... Are you sure you aren't just seeing MathType's conversion of the *equations* to TeX code? There's a huge difference in just the equations in TeX and the entire document.
Elaine Firestone, ELS
BSI, Inc., Communications and Documentation Manager
E-mail: Elaine.R.Firestone at nasa.gov
On Dec 15, 2011, at 10:25 AM, William Adams wrote:
> On Dec 15, 2011, at 1:06 AM, cornwall_5 at comcast.net wrote:
>> Dear TeX Support,
>> Your website
>> had no directly clickable email link.
> Right, it's a page about an e-mail list, which ``support at tug.org'' aliases to.
>> All the links at http://www.tug.org/interest.html for the FAQs led to unintelligible webpages.
> Arcane and difficult to understand I'll grant, but if you're patient, and start at the beginning, the material is quite intelligible.
>> I do all my math documents in MS Word 2000 and Mathtype 6.0.
>> I have used MS Word since 1990 and Mathtype by Design Science since 1997.
>> MS Word has a feature which converts the MS Word document along with all the embedded Mathtype
>> images into a TeX or LaTeX document with the click of a single button.
>> I have no way of editing all this TeX code that is produced because I have no way of viewing it
>> as a readable usable document, because TeX code is not WYSIWYG, apparently.
>> (Yes, I can edit it in a text editor, but I have no idea what all that code means.)
> You're almost half-way there --- the math equation stuff is well-suited to mathematicians and they pick it up easily w/ a few pointers (see below).
>> Do you have a support group for people for whom we MS Word + Mathtype users can upload
>> or email our MS Word + Mathtype documents to you and you'll send them back to us in TeX?
> There's no such group just for such AFAIK. Your options include:
> - hire a consultant to do this: http://www.tug.org/consultants.html
> - hire a grad student or local technical typist to do this
> - import your document into LyX and use that, http://www.lyx.org
> - learn enough about LaTeX to be self-sufficient and able to do this for yourself.
> I think you'd have more luck, and find the documents at:
> to be more intelligible.
> Esp. start w/ http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/lshort/
> and if that confirms that you want to learn more you could install LaTeX and get a beginners book.
> We can probably be more helpful if you'll explain why you're moving away from MS Word and MathType and what you hope / need to achieve.
> William Adams
> senior graphic designer
> Fry Communications
> Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
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