[XeTeX] xelatex to doc?

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Wed Jan 31 01:49:36 CET 2018

Hi Robert and Michal,

On Jan 31, 2018, at 8:29 AM, Michal Hoftich <michal.h21 at gmail.com<mailto:michal.h21 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Hi Bob,

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 6:57 PM, Hueckstedt, Robert A. (rah2k)
<rah2k at virginia.edu<mailto:rah2k at virginia.edu>> wrote:
With a publisher’s permission I used xelatex to provide them copy, not
camera-ready copy, for a long book that has Sanskrit in Devanagari  and an
English translation. Of course, the files I provided the publisher are pdfs.
Now, the publisher wants them in doc. When they try to cut and paste from
the pdf to doc, none of the conjunct consonants are recognized in the doc
file. I used the velthuis-sanskrit mapping, and I am wondering if using the
RomDev mapping would make a difference. I somehow doubt it. Suggestions?

You can try to compile your TeX file to HTML using tex4ht. The HTML
code can be then pasted to Word. Basic command to compile XeTeX file
to HTML is

  make4ht -ux filename.tex

This might work, but first I’d try using Acrobat Pro to save the PDF
directly into a Word document.

This *can* work really well, especially when the PDF is enriched with
some tagging and the correct ToUnicode CMap resources for the fonts.
Try it and see if the result is reasonable.

Alternatively, you can Export to HTML from Acrobat Pro; though I’d
expect that if the .doc export is no good, then the HTML export would
suffer from similar issues.

It may even be that Adobe Reader can do these exports now,
as it is the same code-base.

Development version of make4ht can compile also to the ODT format,
which can be opened directly in Word:

  make4ht -ux -f odt filename.tex

It is possible that you will need some additional configurations for
the correct compilation. It depends on used packages or custom macros
in the document.

Best regards,

Hope this helps.


PS. if you don’t have access to Acrobat Pro to try this,
can you send me a few pages. I’ll then try it for you.
If the result is good, that may be sufficient reason for you
to consider investing in a license.

Dr Ross Moore
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