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Re: LaTeX journal and publisher macros

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Wed, 8 Oct 1997 09:57:27 +0100

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 > Many journals these days work from author-created tex files, and a > substantial portion of the authoring community uses amstex. I don't know of any converter myself, but do you have any idea why they still use amstex. In particular if you (or someone else) put the work in to make a converter and then openly advertised submission requirements as Submit articles in latex or amstex, in the latter case we will convert your document to latex in house before processing it.' Then at least some of those authors may think it worth the trouble to code it up in latex to start with. If they all did that then the effort to write the translater is wasted (or at least did not work in the way intended:-). Also in what way do you want to treat the latex. Do you really want some external' translator to produce a file marked up with LaTeX (+amsmath package) markup, so you can use it as input to some LaTeX-like' engines such as latex2html or ScientificWord, or do you just' want something that will allow documents (or sections of documents) marked up in amstex to be processed directly by LaTeX. To give a couple of example I know more about, on ctan you will find a couple of the latter type of converters', namely plain.sty and typehtml.sty which allow plain TeX' and HTML' markup to be directly processed by LaTeX. so you can go      \documentclass{article}      \usepackage{plain,typehtml}      \begin{document}      \begin{plain}      \beginsection This is a section      Marked up in {\it plain \TeX}.      \end{plain}      \dohtml

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Marked up in HTML.

\end{document} and LaTeX will do something more or less sensible with it, but I hate to think what latex2html would make of the above. So what kind of converter are you looking for? David`