[OS X TeX] tex, pdf, and doc

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Mon Sep 4 12:31:21 EDT 2006

Le 4 sept. 06 à 18:08, Alex Hamann a écrit :

> Thanks to Adam, Bruno and Claus for the quick answer. I tried  
> latex2rtf  on my document (article with bibliography, no equations  
> and no special fonts) and am surprised by the pretty nice outcome.  
> The only thing not entirely satisfaying is  the bibliography - but  
> that seems to be comparably easy to correct (or I should venture  
> deeper into the latex2rtf documentation).
> The OpenOffice-solution sounds interesting as well (esp. since I am  
> already using for quick papers). I guess the fact that I do not  
> have to deal with equations makes everything a lot  easier.

On a related note: it seems the next version of MS Office will  
recognize a TeX-like input method for maths. This has been brought to  
the attention of the XeTeX list by Adam Twardoch. See for example:


 From the first message:

> One interesting point is that Office 2007 includes a new set of
> high-quality OpenType fonts from the Microsoft ClearType collection
> (http://www.microsoft.com/resources/design/ClearType.html ):  Calibri,
> Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel, as well as Segoe UI,
> Microsoft's new user interface font. All the fonts include Latin,
> Cyrillic and Greek characters with advanced typographic OpenType
> features, some include characters from additional scripts.
> One highlight of Office 2007 is the new math typesetting engine in  
> Word.
> It consists of the Cambria font that has a large mathematical  
> character
> set, and a fully new "equation editor" which is seamlessly integrated
> into new Office applications and allows mathematical input using  
> various
> text encoding schemes, including a syntax very similar to TeX.

and from the second:

> It is particularly relevant because Microsoft now implements math
> typesetting entirely based on Unicode and MathML, and extended the
> OpenType font format to implement math-related typographic features.
> What Microsoft is doing is relevant, especially that this time,  
> they're
> doing it "by the book", i.e.:
> * the new math typesetting engine uses Unicode, which is an
> international standard (ISO 10646)
> * the new math typesetting engine uses MathML, which is an  
> international
> standard from W3.org and XML-based
> * the new math typesetting uses OpenType, which will soon be an
> international standard (as ISO Open Font Format)
> * the new Office 2007 altogether uses an XML-based file format  
> natively,
> which is likely to become a standard soon (at ECMA)
> * Microsofted consulted with Donald Knuth on the development of their
> new math typesetting engine
> BTW, there is a paper that discusses some aspects of Office's new math
> typesetting. The PDF is typeset using Microsoft Word 2007 itself, and
> uses Cambria as the basic font:
> http://www.unicode.org/notes/tn28/UTN28-PlainTextMath.pdf
> I'm not really a member of other TeX lists but you're free to  
> forward my
> message to other lists that you think might be more appropriate.

See especially the last referenced PDF document, which testifies  
that, contrary to what some (me included) used to think, MS is not  
necessarily evil and does pay attention to TeX and its user community.

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