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From: Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 10:04:37 GMT
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 > 2.09 but prohibits the use of private macros (even if defined in the
 > preamble with no name clashes, redefinitions etc of standard commands or
 > ones from the special journal .cls), presumably because this is a
 > hindrance in conversion to HTML (which has the advantage of being
 > searchable) which they use as one of their online formats.
 > Is this something one must be prepared to accept in the long run?  It

no. it just means they don't use a very sophisticated converter. i have
mildly strong views on this, since my job at present is further
development of Elsevier's latex 2 sgml. If we go to the trouble of
dealing with arbitrary macros, so can everyone else....


[if you have not heard of it before, our converter works by running LaTeX
with a highly-specialized LaTeX class, and extracting tagged text from
the dvi file. Eitan Gurari's tex4ht uses a similar process.]