Life with tex4ht: a teaser

TeX, TeX4ht

The grand challenge for TeX loyalists in the humanities is clear: TeX/Word interoperation.

It’s been a long day of debugging, and I’m still not all the way there. But I’ll be using this space soon to post some results on using the tex4ht suite to generate an OpenDocument file (which can then be converted by NeoOffice to Word format). It can be done, even with a 200 pp book manuscript with hundreds of autogenerated footnotes and lots of Unicode text. The current maintainers of tex4ht have done amazing work on keeping it functioning in tandem with cutting-edge packages. There are lots of issues, and hopefully they’ll be making some serious updates soon, but still.

Anyway, more to come here on this subject. TeX to Word is within reach.