[OS X TeX] Binary for detex (convert latex into plain text, see also l2a)

Robert Spence spence at saar.de
Thu Aug 30 20:45:07 EDT 2007

On 31 Aug 2007, at 05:13 , Markus S wrote:

> Or is there a better way to get plain text out of latex? Exporting  
> text from the pdf file using Acrobat works, but all non-ASCII  
> characters (incl. the pervasive ligatures) and the hyphenation make  
> a big mess of the text.

Have you tried adding
to the preamble of your LaTeX file?
 From memory it has to go first, i.e. immediately after you specify  
your documentclass.

On my system, doing
texdoc cmap
in Terminal.app tells me:
The cmap package is intended to make the PDF files generated by  
pdflatex both searchable and copyable in acrobat reader and other  
compliant PDF viewers. Just include the \usepackage{cmap} at the  
beginning of your preamble, and it will pre-load the needed CMap  
translations for the fonts used in the document. It works for Type 1  
fonts, and also for Type 3 fonts with recent versions of pdftex. The  
main limitation currently is the inability to work with virtual  
fonts, because of limitations of pdftex, but may be resolved in a  
future version of pdftex. The author is Vladimir Volovich. See also  

HTH a bit

-- Robert Spence
Applied Linguistics
Saarland University

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