[tex4ht] several bugs and a query

Alexandre Roberts alexandre.roberts at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 18:17:55 CET 2019

Dear Michal,

I just noticed that TeX Live 2018 has been frozen. I am hoping to submit a
Word document to a publisher before the end of the month. If there is a fix
for the superscript/subscript-in-footnotes bug before then, will there be
some way to patch my version of tex4ht before the 2019 release?


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 9:24 AM Alexandre Roberts <
alexandre.roberts at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Michal,
> Wonderful, thank you again!
> Best,
> Alex
> On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:37 AM Michal Hoftich <michal.h21 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear Alex,
>> I've been busy in the last week, so I was not able to take a look at
>> these issues yet. I hope that things will settle down soon, I will
>> start to process the issue queue then. No need to worry about the
>> number of issues.
>> Best regards,
>> Michal
>> > Just a follow-up about the bug reports/feature requests I sent out a
>> week ago. I realize I asked for a lot all at once, so I thought I would
>> single out a couple that are highest priority:
>> >
>> > 1. Superscript (and subscripts) not working in footnotes (
>> https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/474005/superscript-not-working-in-footnotes-in-tex4ht-output).
>> This is the main one because it can't be fixed by find/replace. I use
>> superscript to refer to the "recto" and "verso" of folios in medieval
>> manuscripts (e.g., `folio 2\textsuperscript{r}` for the recto side of folio
>> 2), and I use subscript for line numbers when referring to manuscripts or
>> critical editions (e.g., `22\textsubscript{1-24}` for lines 1-24 of page
>> 22). Especially in the latter case, information is actually lost in the
>> conversion, since "221-24" means something quite different from "22, lines
>> 1-24".
>> >
>> > 2. Less important because it's about formatting rather than
>> information, but still problematic because it can't be fixed with
>> find/replace, is the problem of spuriously italicized (or boldface)
>> footnote hooks (
>> https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/474003/spuriously-italicized-footnote-hooks-in-tex4ht-output
>> ).
>> >
>> > The rest are less important. The section break issue can be fixed with
>> find/replace in MS Word (find ^b = Section break, replace it with nothing).
>> The section numbering issue is not an issue at all (I was confused). As for
>> formatting footnotes, that is certainly not urgent!
>> >
>> > I hope this helps. I would also like to express my gratitude to all who
>> work on and maintain tex4ht, which is a life-saver for those of us working
>> with publishers who are still in the Word world!
>> >
>> > Best wishes,
>> > Alex
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