[pdftex] How to covert pdf file into latex file?

Magnus Lie Hetland magnus at hetland.org
Thu Jul 13 11:19:06 CEST 2006

On Jul 13, 2006, at 3:24, John R. Culleton wrote:

> 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.
>> Regards,
>>   Reinhard
> 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
> of reverse engineering on a pdf file.
> Do you?

If the PDF were *produced* by the same program, you could certainly  
structure it so as to be parseable. Adobe Illustrator does this, for  
example. (It uses PDF as its default, editable, file format, I believe.)

Then, again, Illustrator has let you edit third party PDF and  
PostScript files for years, but only on a graphics level, of  course  
(not on a logical markup level).

Magnus Lie Hetland

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