[OS X TeX] LaTeX -> Word?

Thomas Schröder hydrochlorix at gmx.net
Tue Apr 20 09:32:28 EDT 2004

Am 20.04.2004 um 11:00 schrieb Will Robertson:

Hello Will,

>> Did you try TtH <http://hutchinson.belmont.ma.us/tth/>? It's free for 
>> non-commercial use (mostly educational). It converts formulae to 
>> structural markup, not graphics. The examples display not too bad in 
>> IE, thus it shouldn't work too bad with Word.
> Note that it achieves this using HTML tables, though, so the final 
> formula will only be moderately editable,

Better than nothing, eh?

> and Word is simpy editing HTML so its output is only what you get out 
> from TtH. I'm not sure if this is what the OP was looking for.

What I want is a way to convert my LaTeX files into Word files which 
should work autamatically for the most part. If I still have to adjust 
a few things manually than that's OK, and I can also live with having 
to replace all of the images with better quality ones. But all the 
other things like table of contents, references, bibliography, 
footnotes, math, greek symbols, German language, figures, tables, 
tabulars, index, nomenclature should work automatically because if they 
don't than I guess I'd be faster doing it by hand.

> I don't know Word, but I can only suggest that the related program TtM 
> (costs for Windows, free for Linux---possibly compilable on Mac OS X) 
> could be used, which translates TeX to HTML + MathML. Then use the 
> MathML to generate Word's equations.

I guess that TtM has the same shortcomings that TtH has i.e. limited 
support for macros and packages, foreign languages, greek symbols etc.

> I wouldn't have a clue if Word's scripting ability is up to this kind 
> of translation/transformation, however.

I don't really think that Word's scripting ability would be necessary 
for this. What I don't know is if Word actually understands MathML. I 
don't think so because if it did then you wouldn't have to use 
OpenOffice as an intermediate step in creating Word files with fully 
editable math formulas.

	Bye, Thomas

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