[OS X TeX] Looking texh4t and OpenDocument feedback
gurari at cse.ohio-state.edu
Fri May 26 21:08:53 EDT 2006
> OpenOffice 2 and supports the OpenDocument format, I started playing
> around with tex4ht a bit. My main motivation is to get my PhD thesis
> in a form which can be handled easily be non-Latex users.
To achieve proper output tex4ht needs to have OpenDocument
configurations for the latex style and class files in use. If the PhD
thesis uses a local class the outcome is likely to suffer.
> After a bit of
> tweaking I actually managed to generat a swx file which NeoOffice
> could open.
Recent versions of tex4ht provide odt files for a default. The swx
files require the swx command line option.
> At the moment, this file doesn't look so nice: No
> graphics have been imported,
Old version of tex4ht?
> strange things happend with some special characters
Improper instalation of the tex4ht fonts? Missing font support?
> and the first letter of every bibliography entry was cut
My impression the problem got solved on 22 Nov 2005.
> have you looked at
> the HTML code produced by TeX4Ht, have you tried to apply a HTML-
> syntax checker such as HTML Tidy
TeX4ht has an option for XHTML output, so HTML Tidy is not needed.
> I worked with TeX4ht ...
> on documents one might call complex and I don't think that
> they are useful convertors. Their output is quite different from the
> (La)TeX output
For tex4ht the problem was due to a lack of font support. The
following is a quote from the bug report (25 Feb 2006).
It is a half-free font: MS Arial. Best option is to get Microsoft's
TrueType core fonts for the web from http://
corefonts.sourceforge.net/. If you you really cannot find any support
files for Arial, I can send you my MAP and FD files. My TFM and VF
files are a bit special, since I try to write in Perl now a script
that converts TrueType to PostScript Type 1 and conserves as many
glyphs from the rich Unicode encoded fonts as possible. So the script
creates directly 8r encoded PS font files, one 9z encoded with a
dotless j (if it's missing in the original TT font, because then it's
artificially created from the j), and finally an "8p" encoded font
file that contains as many TS1/8c and expert encoding glyphs as
It is a painful task to add support for fonts that are not easily and
freely available, and much more so when dealing with thousands of
fonts of which only a few are likely to be ever used.
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