| From: Kevin Philp <kevin at cybercolloids.net>
| Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:36:00 +0100
| You can read the rtf into OpenOffice and save as
| doc.....it sounds horrible but should work if you
| are not fussy about formatting.
<<<giggle>>> in my experience, (La)TeX users are
_extremely_ fussy about formatting.
actually, however, all the replies I've seen appear
to have missed a point: what is it you want to
convert? the input `.tex' or the output `.dvi'?
converting the input means, in theory, the semantic
mark-up is still available. converting the output
loses that. depending on yer documents, this can
be an important difference. _however_, (La)TeX
is a very powerful programmable processor, making
it is almost impossible to convert input `.tex's
without a lot of manual intervention and kludges.
the only tool that groks all of TeX's abilities
is TeX itself. (there is, apparently, a project
to implement a TeX processor in Java, at least in
part because of this problem.) so, AFAIK, most
conversions are usually of the output (nominally
DVI, but increasingly these days, PDF).
*the* canonical reference on many (La)TeX issues
is the “The UK TeX FAQ” [ http://www.tex.ac.uk/faq ].
the local copy I use (version 3.12, date 2004/07/15)
has this to say about conversion to/from M$-Worthless:
“Microsoft Word. [ ... ] Word2TeX and TeX2Word are shareware
translators from Chikrii Softlab [ http://www.chikril.com ];
users’ reports are very positive.
If cost is a constraint, the best bet is probably to use an
intermediate format such as RTF or HTML. [ the FAQ contains
an entire section devoted to HTML, and also has some pointers
for RTL conversions ] Word outputs and reads both, so in
principle this route may be useful.
Another, unlikely, intermediate form is PDF: Acrobat Reader
for Windows (version 5.0 and later) will output rather feeble
RTF that Word can read.”
it also goes on suggest:
“Wilfried Hennings’ FAQ
[ http://www.tug.org/utilities/texconv/index.html ],
which deals specifically with conversions between TeX-based
formats and word processor formats, offers much detail as
well as tables that allow quick comparison of features.”
I must admit I've never found any of the LaTeX to
M$-Worthless or RTF conversions I've tried to be
satisfactory (return to comment about being very
fussy about the formating!). I have had the best
success using, as the TeX FAQ suggested, RTF as
the intermediate format (obviously therefore
converting the output DVI). yer kiloage varies.
one technique I once tried is to generate page
_images_ (cannot recall the chain of conversions
nor the ultimate format), and embed the images,
one per page, _as_ the pages in the M$-Worthless;
all done on Linux. but when I tried to read the
(huge!) result on M$-Windross (using M$-Worthless),
it crashed. blue screen total system upchuck.
| On Thursday 25 August 2005 10:02, Ivan Kelly wrote:
| >how about latex -> rtf? then you can convert that to a doc somehow
| >On Thu, Aug 25, 2005 at 09:56:41AM +0100, Colin O'Keeffe wrote:
| >> Is there a way to convert LaTeX document to .doc documents,
| >> I need to do that for revision control in work, dont ask..... :)
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