# [OS X TeX] Word to LaTeX

Bob Kerstetter bkerstetter at mac.com
Tue Dec 6 00:19:46 EST 2005

On Dec 5, 2005, at 10:51 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Friedrich Vosberg wrote:
>
>> I think, the problem is _not_ Word. The problem are the Word _users_.
>
> I have a 600 page book written in Word < X, from the outliner on
> down, master file, style sheets, etc, etc
>
> Word X can't even display it properly.
>
> So, I wasn't too surprised when nothing I tried, and I tried three
> or four things, really worked. As I recall, the closest I came to
> something usable was either Abiword or NeoOffice, which can save in
> LaTeX, but neither was worth the time and effort. So, I gave up and
> went on to other things.
>
> The one thing I didn't try was to buy me a wintel box to run
> Chikrii's \$100 Word2Tex. But they claim wonders so if one already
> has a wintel box, it may be worth checking it.
>
> Not to say one shouldn't try but I think that it would depend on
> the particular file. For instance, rtf2tex, I think it was, turned
> very short tables into long tables so, perhaps, if one has no table …

I don't have the macros anymore because all of my Word docs are
converted--- :) ---But I converted Word to LaTeX by writing VBA
macros to find and replace things. For example I prepended \section
to all Heading 1's,  \subsection to Heading 2's, \item to the items
in bullet lists and number lists, and on and on. Then I wrapped
\textbf{} around bold, \textsl{} around italic and so on. You can run
use bold and italic, but you can work around this by removing the
formatting for headings before converting the bold and italic. These
macros are mostly find and replace functions and can be recorded
while you do the first file by hand.  If you think about it, you can
even convert tables (convert table to tab delimited text, then change
tabs to whatever you need to mark columns) and partially convert
placeholders for graphics (find graphics and replace with
\includegraphic[]{}. After the conversion is done, the macros saves
each doc as text, which can be opened with TeXShop. The files needed
some manual clean up, such as entering itemize environments, but not
much. Obviously I was working with structured Word docs.------------------------- Info --------------------------
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