# [OS X TeX] Scripting

Jerome Laurens Jerome.laurens at u-bourgogne.fr
Sat Jun 29 03:25:46 EDT 2002


Ross Moore wrote:
>
> > Hi Folks
> >
> > I want to write a script which will take a Word file and convert some of
> > the most common character formatting in that file and replace it with
> > latex commands. So, for example if a string of characters is italisized
> > in word the script will replace it with that string surrounded by
> > \textit{}. And so on for some other bits of formatting that will not
> > convert with find/replace in Word.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions, for a scripting novice, of which
> > scripting language would best accomplish this? Should I learn Perl,
> > Applescript or what?
>
> Definitely Perl.
>

I doubt Perl is aware of Microsoft Word file formats. I am afraid using
Perl underlies some reverse ingeneering on the word files except perhaps
for rtf ones, and except if someone has already done the work...

AppleScript could be a good alternative if MS Word gives sufficient
control to apple scripts

IMHO, it might be more practical to simply use MS Word macros. At least
it should be...

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