Other conversions to and from (La)TeX
Wilfried Hennings’ FAQ,
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.
A group at Ohio State University (USA) is working on
a common document format based on SGML, with the ambition that any
format could be
translated to or from this one. FrameMaker provides
“import filters” to aid translation from alien formats
(presumably including TeX) to FrameMaker’s own.
- Tr2latex, assists in the translation of a
troff document into LaTeX 2.09 format. It recognises most
-man macros, plus most eqn and some
tbl preprocessor commands. Anything fancier needs to be
done by hand. Two style files are provided. There is also a man page
(which converts very well to LaTeX…).
Tr2latex is an enhanced version of the earlier
troff-to-latex (which is no longer available).
- wp2latex is actively maintained, and is
available either for MSDOS or for Unix systems.
- Rtf2tex, by Robert Lupton, is for
converting Microsoft’s Rich Text Format to TeX. There is also a
converter to LaTeX by Erwin Wechtl, called rtf2latex.
The latest converter, by Ujwal Sathyam and Scott Prahl, is
rtf2latex2e which seems rather good, though development
of it seems to have stalled.
Translation to RTF may be done (for a somewhat
constrained set of LaTeX documents) by TeX2RTF, which
can produce ordinary RTF, Windows Help RTF (as well as
HTML, conversion to HTML).
TeX2RTF is supported on various Unix platforms and under
- Microsoft Word
- A rudimentary (free) program for converting
MS-Word to LaTeX is wd2latex, which runs on MSDOS;
it probably processes the output of an archaic version of
MS-Word (the program itself was archived in 1991).
For conversion in the other direction, the current preferred
free-software method is a two-stage process:
(Note that OpenOffice itself is not on
CTAN; see http://www.openoffice.org/, though most
linux systems offer it as a ready-to-install bundle.)
tex4ht can also generate OpenOffice ODT
format, which may be used as an intermediate to producing Word
Word2TeX and TeX2Word are
shareware translators from
Chikrii Softlab; positive users’
reports have been noted (but not recently).
If cost is a constraint, the best bet is probably to use an
intermediate format such as RTF or HTML.
Word outputs and reads both, so in principle this route
may be useful.
You can also use PDF as an intermediate format: Acrobat Reader
for Windows (version 5.0 and later) will output rather feeble
RTF that Word can read.
- Convert LaTeX to OpenOffice format, using the
tex4ht command oolatex;
- open the result in OpenOffice and ‘save as’ a
- Excel2Latex converts an Excel file
into a LaTeX
tabular environment; it comes as a
.xls file which defines some Excel macros to produce
output in a new format.
- Peter Vanroose’s rnototex
conversion program is written in VMS Pascal.
The sources are distributed with a VAX executable.
- There are a few programs for converting bibliographic
data between BibTeX and refer/tib formats.
The collection includes a shell script converter from BibTeX to
refer format as well. The collection
is not maintained.
- pcwritex.arc is a
print driver for PC-Write that “prints” a PC-Write
V2.71 document to a TeX-compatible disk file. It was written by Peter
Flynn at University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland.
- support/excel2latex (or browse the directory)
- support/pcwritex (or browse the directory)
- refer and tib tools
- biblio/bibtex/utils/refer-tools (or browse the directory)
- support/rnototex (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- support/rtf2latex (or browse the directory)
- support/rtf2latex2e (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- support/rtf2tex (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- support/tex2rtf (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- obsolete/support/TeX4ht/tex4ht-all.zip; catalogue entry (but see http://tug.org/tex4ht/)
- support/tr2latex (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- support/wd2latex (or browse the directory)
- support/wp2latex (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- Word processor FAQ (source)
help/wp-conv (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
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