[OS X TeX] iWork and TeX

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sun Jan 23 05:55:40 EST 2005

On 23 jan 2005, at 3:57, Will Robertson wrote:

> However, the actual transformation from XML is something I don't have 
> any idea about. The possibilities could be exciting, for doing a 
> "rough layout" in Pages and transferring that to TeX, but I think that 
> it would be a *lot* of work transforming all of Pages concepts to TeX.

Simon Spiegel (who posts on this list, but also visits arstechnica.com, 
like I do) provided me with a sample Pages XML file. Just the words 
"Hello World!" on a single page. That was turned by pages into a 196 KB 
file (uncompressed), due to all the templates that were inserted as 
well. There is a lot of unneeded garbage in those files, and 
transforming it into LaTeX that is clean enough to continue working 
with it, is going to be very tricky. Indeed, it is a matter of what 
you'd like to translate: I think content & structure are the only 
things to bother about, not the visuals.


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