From: Dom Lachowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 18:36:27 EDT
Hi Ro Wiijkejak,
There are several ways around this:
1) Your #1 is wrong. You can keep using AbiWord, except script it on the
abiword --to html file.doc
This results in file.html being produced. Not too shabby, and the HTML
output is visually stunning.
abiword --to latex file.doc
This results in file.latex being produced. NB: the output to TeX probabl
isn't visually close enough for your needs, nor will it honor things
2) You might want to check out another program of mine: wvWare. wvWare
can save MSFT word docs into HTML and LaTeX, amongst other things.
wvWare is a sister project to AbiWord, and AbiWord uses wvWare for its
MSFT Word DOC import and export. wvWare's programs to convert DOC->HTML
and DOC->LaTeX are absolutely tremendous.
Note that #2 won't solve your WP9 problem. You'll probably be best with
some combination of suggestions #1 and #2, but how you proceed is up to
On Tue, 2002-04-23 at 18:27, email@example.com wrote:
> I'm helping a friend move over 700 chemical documents over to linux. We want to put these documents on the web for free use for everyone, but we're having some problems.
> We're sick to death of dealing with CIH viruses (that threaten to destroy the motherboards), and with buggy Win98 computers.
> Every 4 months I do a full format and reinstall of Win98, just so that my friend can do some _real work_.
> That's insanity.
> This has been going on for at least 4 years, and now I feel like I know enough linux and programming to beat this.
> This is the type of documents we have:
> MS Word97
> Wordperfect 2000 (also known as 9)
> All documents include equations, superscript and subscripts, and a lot of chemical formulae, as well as graphics.
> I'm going to make a simple front end to LaTeX using Tcl/Tk, and key bindings so its easy to write chemical formulae.
> Here are some solutions that I've thought of:
> 1) Export everything to HTML using the export features, and then convert that HTML to LaTeX using a script that I'll write. This means that for over 700 documents I gotta click, File->Save As->HTML and then run the script over the doc.
> 2) Either make(!!!) or find a decent program to convert MSWord97 and WP9 to LaTeX (including saving all elements of the documents that I mentioned previously.
> 3) Convert all documents to WP5.1 and then convert to LaTeX, since there are some programs that can do this.
> I would love and appreciate any feedback on how best to do this.
> You'll not only be helping me, but also some students who will be able to learn chemistry online, for free.
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