Life with tex4ht: a teaser

The grand challenge for TeX loyalists in the humanities is clear: TeX/Word interoperation.

It’s been a long day of debugging, and I’m still not all the way there. But I’ll be using this space soon to post some results on using the tex4ht suite to generate an OpenDocument file (which can then be converted by NeoOffice to Word format). It can be done, even with a 200 pp book manuscript with hundreds of autogenerated footnotes and lots of Unicode text. The current maintainers of tex4ht have done amazing work on keeping it functioning in tandem with cutting-edge packages. There are lots of issues, and hopefully they’ll be making some serious updates soon, but still.

Anyway, more to come here on this subject. TeX to Word is within reach.

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2 responses to “Life with tex4ht: a teaser

  1. Alex Roberts

    I would love to know how to do this! My documents have, as you say, lots of footnotes and Unicode (including Greek and Arabic scripts), and I haven’t managed to get tex4ht to work (footnotes yes, but not the Unicode). I look forward to your solution.
    Alex Roberts
    Berkeley, CA

  2. Andrew Goldstone

    Still experimenting with full-blown Unicode support. For reasons I’m going to explain in a soon-to-appear post, it’s tough. Try htlatex (with unicode options set) as well as oolatex, since the odt-conversion code is not as robust, as I’ve found.

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