Tr2latex, assists in the translation of a
troffdocument into LaTeX 2.09 format. It recognises most
-manmacros, plus most
tblpreprocessor 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…).
Tr2latexis an enhanced version of the earlier
troff-to-latex(which is no longer available).
wp2latexis actively maintained, and is available either for MS-DOS 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
rtf2latex2ewhich 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 MS-DOS;
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:
OpenOfficeformat, using the
OpenOfficeand “save as” a MS-Word document.
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
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
Word can read.
Excel2Latex converts an
into a LaTeX
tabular environment; it comes as a
xls file which defines some
Excel macros to produce
output in a new format.
- runoff Peter Vanroose's
conversion program is written in VMS Pascal.
The sources are distributed with a VAX executable.
- refer/tib There are a few programs for converting bibliographic
data between BibTeX and
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.
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.
“import filters” to aid translation from alien formats
(presumably including TeX) to