[tex4ht] usage with pdftex

Radhakrishnan CV cvr at river-valley.org
Fri Aug 13 08:04:25 CEST 2010

On 11-Aug-2010, at 12:39 AM, D. R. Evans wrote:

> Radhakrishnan CV said the following at 08/03/2010 05:51 AM :
>> I'm ashamed to tell this owing to my erratic release history. But, I am
>> writing a TeX4ht package to make e-pub seamlessly from a LaTeX document
>> along with a LaTeX document class to make PDF's from the same sources to
> Do you have a feel for the extent this will require LaTex as opposed to
> plain TeX? I notice that you explicitly say "LaTeX", so I'm guessing that
> this really isn't likely to work with plain TeX. But I thought I'd ask anyway.

Translating plain TeX to html is a bit scary. You might have noticed, Eitan depends on ams preprint package to process plain TeX files. LaTeX provides a standard markup which is predictable and that is important for any conversion process. Yes, I would say, LaTeX is needed for effective translation or should follow macro packages like eplain, which again standardizes the text content.

> (All my books are plain TeX... except the one where I allowed myself to be
> talked into Word. Never again :-) )

Do you follow a custom plain TeX macro package for all your work? In that case, we can create a custom configuration for TeX4ht that will do the job for all your work without hassles.


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