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).
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
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 Windows 3.1
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.
Excelfile into a LaTeX
tabularenvironment; it comes as a
xlsfile which defines some
Excelmacros to produce output in a new format.
rnototexconversion program is written in VMS Pascal. The sources are distributed with a VAX executable.
tibformats. The collection includes a shell script converter from BibTeX to
referformat as well. The collection is not maintained.
pcwritex.arcis 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
FAQ ID: Q-fmtconv