[texhax] LaTeX to InDesign

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Mar 21 16:40:52 CET 2006

On Mar 21, 2006, at 10:54 AM, David C. Walden wrote:

> I already have considerable experience with various paths
> from LaTeX to Word (mixes of computer translation, e.g.,
> TTH, and manual editing).  A publisher has again asked
> me to provide a Word file, but his ultimate goal is input
> into InDesign.  Maybe they can copy from pages of a LaTeX
> generated PDF and paste into InDesign, especially if I
> turn off hyphenation in LaTeX so they don't have to deal
> with word breaks at the wrong place in InDesign's line
> folding.  My question for this list is does anyone have
> any special insight about more or less productive paths
> from LaTeX to InDesign.  (PS, I'm not interested in trying
> to educate the publisher about accepting LaTeX input.)

The best thing to do here would be to convert the LaTeX into Adobe  
Tagged Text which could then be pulled into InDesign directly. (If  
desired you could then convert to a .rtf from InDesign).

This is preferable to using .rtf 'cause then one doesn't have to muck  
w/ Word's auto-generated stylenames, and ID's algorithmic stylename  
creations (what the rules are for this, don't ask --- I've never  
figured it out, it just annoys me a lot) and you can do things like  
place graphics &c.

(who loathes putting stuff into InDesign 'cause ``the numbering is so  
primitive you'll laugh until it hurts'' as the author of one InDesign  
book told me, and there're myriad things which TeX or LaTeX can, but  
ID can't --- no straddle heads, no pdfliterals, no graphics placed as  
part of a paragraph or character style &c,)

William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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