[XeTeX] XeTeX, fancy headers and htlatex

Rene Borgella macmechanic at fastmail.fm
Tue Jan 30 19:44:15 CET 2007

Robert Spence wrote:
> Rene,
> Just a brief footnote to my posting of a few minutes ago:

Hello Robert,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help and offer to help even
more :-)

I would love to see your examples, etc.  One of the things I like about
TeX is that I can write a document once and get it typeset beautifully
for printing as well as easily make html docs without a lot of extra
work.  Mostly I've used LaTeX and am now exploring using XeTeX to see if
that would work best for me.  Now, on to some of the specifics . . .

> I find it's a good idea, when trying to produce PDF and HTML in  
> parallel from a (La)TeX source document, if as much of the HTML  
> formatting as possible is done via CSS.  

Ok, this makes sense. I am no wiz but I try to make nice web pages that
are w3c and css compliant. That said, I really am a LaTeX novice -- I've
used LaTeX for 3-4 years now and mostly have been able to do most of
what I need, but my needs are not sophisticated.  Indeed, I really don't
know what some of the stuff in my preamble exactly does. But, by
trial-and-error and borrowing from documents that I like, I've gotten to
something that works for me.

As an example of my needs/uses, visit

where you will see that I make some of the class documents available in
both pdf and html format.  This is because I do not print out documents
for the class (there are sometimes ca. 100 and I try to save paper). The
pdf documents are, of course, written in LaTeX.  I make some of the
documents (usually assignments) avail as html.
A typical document that I'll write in LaTeX and convert to html too
would be
<http://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/rborgella/environment/ddt_ex.pdf>.  I
occasionally use math equations, and they have been a chore to get to
work in html. My work around for those is to make the equation using
LaTeXiT, then make a jpg or something to use in the web version. I know,
not very elegant!

These are examples of two documents that I wrote in LaTeX but didn't get
 very good html output


I think this is mostly because I don't know a lot of fancy stuff and how
to correctly constrain image size, etc. I get 'bounding box' errors and
the like . . .

The instructions for
> building the .css file to accompany your .html file can be  placed in  
> a file such as mycfg.cfg, which is referred to in the second  
> parameter of the htlatex command (obligatorily in double quotation  
> marks).  The resulting .css file is far from pretty, but it's valid.   
> Most of the stuff one would want to do with fancy headers only  
> affects .tex-->.pdf (via whatever route), not .tex-->.html (via the  
> command htlatex).

A lot of this makes sense, but I've never worked with a .cfg file.

> (La)TeX unfortunately doesn't go as far as HTML/CSS in terms of  
> separating form from content, which raises the broader issue of  
> whether one should be attempting to produce .html from .tex in the  
> first place, or whether it wouldn't be better to do everything  
> in .xml right from the start, and then just call TeX as a typesetting  
> engine if you want a printout or PDF ...  (On the other hand, TeX is  
> just _so_ much fun to program in ...)

I do know some html and css - but xml is something I know nothing about.
> If you like, I can send you some examples (off-list) of experiments  
> I've successfully conducted with XeTeX and TeX4ht in parallel.


> You _can_ get it all to work, with a bit of tweaking.  Do you have  
> many mathematical formulae to typeset, by the way? 

Not really and when I do have a problem, see my not elegant workaround

 Do they get
> successfully converted into graphics?  (The worst thing I've come up  
> against while trying to use XeTeX and TeX4ht in parallel is active- 
> link URLs which contain symbols like a tilde---I haven't been able to  
> work that one out at all, so far...)
I've had this problem too in LaTeX.  I seem to recall that there is a
special command for this .... I'll have to look in one of my books to
see if I can find it again.
> -- Rob Spence

Thanks so much!

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