[texhax] Convert from Latex to Word

Dieter Meinert DMeinert at RosenInspection.net
Mon Jan 5 11:26:50 CET 2004

Best way I found to recover most of the equations and tables is to strip
the (La)TeX commands (by detex and manually) and import the the plain text
to word. Or convert the dvi to plain text as dvi2tty and catdvi do, though 
this will also loose some mathematical signs and readability depending on 
the options. 

Any converter is limited, especially so is latex2rtf or tex2word, due mainly
to the limits of word typesetting.

BTW: Did anyone try to create a dvi2word routine? Since word is *supposed* to 
     be a wysiwig program and to support tables and equations and bitmap 
     figures, this should be another way to crack the problem.

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-----Original Message-----
From: texhax-bounces at tug.org [mailto:texhax-bounces at tug.org]On Behalf Of Herbert Gintis
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 7:28 AM
To: Tom Schneider
Cc: texhax
Subject: Re: [texhax] Convert from Latex to Word

Dear Tom,
        I have followed this thread with interest. I have heard this question asked many times. My opinion, which may be incorrect, is that it's easy to translate text, footnotes, bibliography, and even simple macros from LaTeX to Word. It is less easy to translate formulas, although rough translation of math symbols and Greek letters is possible and easy. More complicated stuff cannot be translated, unless you create the TeX formulas with special software. Figures are impossible to translate.
        Please correct me, someone, if I am wrong here.
        I wrote my own translator from LaTeX to rtf (the rtf language is public), which is readable by Word and other word-processing software. I'm sure the CTAN translators are fine for simple stuff, since I had no trouble writing my own.
        If you do all your figures in eps, both LaTeX and Word can handle them. As for complex formulas, there is no way, unless you convert them to eps or something else Word can read, possibly from a pdf file. I don't know. 



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