[pdftex] How to covert pdf file into latex file?
Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jul 13 10:00:17 CEST 2006
> On Wednesday 12 July 2006 20:57, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> > >>>>> "John" == John R Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> writes:
> > >
> > > You cannot back up from a pdf file into InDesign or Quark
> > > either.
> > Are you sure? If a program uses all the features defined in the PDF
> > standard when producing a pdf file, I'm pretty sure that you can
> > extract a lot of logical markup from the pdf file.
> Well this would be a task on the order of converting a rtf file
> to xml or vice versa. And I know of no one who has even attempted this kind
> reverse engineering on a pdf file.
me neither. (i wrote my faq answer in good faith.)
there _is_ (supposedly) a way of getting badly-marked-up latex from a
pdf file, which i explain in the answer, though i've not managed it
incidentally, i've found the alleged path from pdf to rtf for input
into word is pretty hopeless too: the tool seems not to notice tex's
"calculated" spaces (it presumably wants explicit "space" characters).
as a result the generated text is pretty unreadable. (if this route
worked, it could be also used to produce latex.)
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