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On 25/01/13 05:20, Jerry wrote:
> On Jan 24, 2013, at 1:42 AM, Rainer M Krug wrote:
> On 24/01/13 01:02, Jerry wrote:
>>>> On Jan 23, 2013, at 1:02 AM, Rainer M Krug wrote:
>>>> On 22/01/13 23:37, Jerry wrote:
>>>>>>> On Jan 22, 2013, at 1:38 AM, Rainer M Krug wrote:
>>>>>>>>> Also, I played with pandoc a while back and its conversion of a very 
>>>>>>>>> simple LyX
>>>>>>>>> file to Word was not perfect. I went LyX -> LaTeX -> docx. I did not 
>>>>>>>>> investigate setting options very much. I recall that equations made 
>>>>>>>>> the trip 
>>>>>>>>> and were editable in Word 2011 (Mac) built-in equation editor, but 
>>>>>>>>> equation 
>>>>>>>>> numbers were lost. Today's effort, also on a simple but different 
>>>>>>>>> document,
>>>>>>>>> LyX -> LaTeX -> docx, one equation was not typeset (only the markup 
>>>>>>>>> appeared),
>>>>>>>>> a .eps file was not found even though it was present, and section 
>>>>>>>>> labels were 
>>>>>>>>> translated as literal text. Converting to .odt was worse, and at 
>>>>>>>>> least once 
>>>>>>>>> caused it to crash when it was attempting to repair what it thought 
>>>>>>>>> was a 
>>>>>>>>> damaged converted file. (But what _doesn't_ cause LibreOffice to 
>>>>>>>>> crash?)
>>>>>>>> I also tried to go the LyX -> LaTeX -> docx route, but the results 
>>>>>>>> were not as 
>>>>>>>> usable as via xhtml. So I would suggest to try the route via xhtml.
>>>>>>> How did you get from XHTML -> docx? Pandoc (according to the first 
>>>>>>> paragraph of
>>>>>>> the user's manual) does not accept XHTML input files. Jerry
>>>> Well - using
>>>> pandoc -o newfile.docx newfile1.xhtml
>>>> works as expected and produces a docx file.
>>>> So I can only say it works. I only used the converters and format 
>>>> definitions as 
>>>> mentioned earlier.
>>>> Truy it:
>>>> simple lyx file, export to LyXhtml and use above command to convert to 
>>>> docx.
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Rainer
>>>>> Thanks, Ranier. I have just now tried this on a simple document (two 
>>>>> equations, two 
>>>>> sections, a footnote, a figure with caption, a greyed comment, and two 
>>>>> cross references
>>>>> (to an equation and to a section).
>>>>> As usual, the LyXHTML looks very good. But in the docx, the equations are 
>>>>> not rendered
>>>>>  and contain spurious text, the figure caption and figure name are 
>>>>> separated from the 
>>>>> figure and are shown as normal text, spurious text is inserted relating 
>>>>> to the image, 
>>>>> and all of the cross-references move the cursor to the title rather than 
>>>>> to where it 
>>>>> should move. The footnote is printed as ordinary text as is the greyed 
>>>>> text also.
> Without doubt this is not perfect. As I said, I can't comment on equations 
> and I did not worry 
> about the captions. Have you tried LyX -> eLyXer -> pandoc as well?
>>>>> pandoc -o newfile.odt newfile1.xhtml
>>>>> results in a similar result, but with completely nonfunctional cross 
>>>>> references and no 
>>>>> spurious text relating to the figure image.
>>>>> I'm using OS X, LyX 2.0.5, Word 2011, LibreOffice, and pandoc 
> For my case (no crossreferences, no inseted references, but formating in the 
> text (italic for 
> species names) and only some pictures which I deleted anyway to reduce the 
> size of the docx as 
> I had to email it for further revisions it worked better and faster then any 
> other solution.
> Have you tried to go ia LaTeX and pandoc?
>> Yes. I have commented on this recently.

Sorry - must have overlooked it.
>> LyX -> LaTeX (plain) -> docx using pandoc:
>> Word (Mac 2011) complains "This file is corrupt and cannot be opened." It 
>> then offers to 
>> repair the file. Results are: inline equation translated and editable but 
>> with two minor 
>> errors (it did not recognize lim as a function and set it in italics)--this 
>> shows that 
>> equation translation _can_ work; standalone equation not translated, TeX 
>> code is displayed 
>> between two $ signs, and equation number is lost; image caption is lost, but 
>> the spurious 
>> word "image" is displayed nearby; labels (section, equation) are set as 
>> ordinary text within 
>> their respective domains; cross-references are displayed as ordinary text 
>> but with 
>> nonexistent links; comments are displayed as normal text but in a separate 
>> paragraph, thus 
>> splitting the paragraph in which it is contained into two paragraphs; and 
>> indexed terms are 
>> lost.
>> LyX -> LaTeX (plain) -> odt using pandoc: Opened with LibreOffice. The file 
>> is reported as 
>> corrupt and the program offers to repair it. Results--similar to above for 
>> Word except: 
>> inline equation is very poorly typeset and is not editable using the 
>> built-in equation 
>> editor; instead of the picture that was supposed to be a figure, a box is 
>> displayed which 
>> reads "Read error"; the word "image" is not displayed; clicking on the 
>> footnote cross 
>> reference moves the cursor to the crossreference;
> I guess some manual fidelling will always be necessary, and for my document 
> the fidelling 
> required after pandoc was considerably less as after any other approach.
> Please keep us posted about any progress.
>> I'm afraid there won't likely be any more progress as I have spent a lot of 
>> time on this 
>> already, plus I have exhausted most of the obvious options. OTOH, if one 
>> considers the 
>> combinatorics of combining various options, I'm sure there are more options 
>> than any one 
>> person has time to try.

Conversion is a tricky business, and depending on your needs and expectations, 
different paths
work (once of has different requirements then regular reviewing and commenting, 
equations, graphs,
many cross-references, etc.).

>> Unless there is progress from other quarters in the meantime, I suppose when 
>> the occasion 
>> arises to make a conversion, I'll look into commercial options on Windows.

Do they work as expected and reliably?

>> As a Mac user, I can of course run Windows, but I don't relish the idea of 
>> buying another 
>> copy of Office, plus converter software for Windows. I don't mind paying for 
>> commercial 
>> software except Microsoft stuff which I find is generally of poor quality 
>> (in fact, I often 
>> prefer it) but the extra hassle of going this route, with still unknown 
>> results, is not 
>> appealing. I think I recall a Windows converter from LaTeX to Word where 
>> there was also 
>> offered a manual conversion of anything that their software did not convert, 
>> for an 
>> additional fee per megabyte over a certain level of file size. What a mess.

True - even though commercial, could you please report back if you find a 
usable solution, as hee
are quite a few users fighting regul;arly with conversion issues.

>> Thanks for your suggestions.

Pleasure, sorry that they didn't help much,


>> Jerry
> Cheers,
> Rainer
>>>>> Jerry
>>>>>>>> You should try both converters (the build in and eLyXe), as they 
>>>>>>>> performed 
>>>>>>>> differently on different objects. As my document did not contain any 
>>>>>>>> equations, I
>>>>>>>> can not comment on that.
>>>>>>>> I must say, that I also used pandoc to convert to odt and then 
>>>>>>>> converted the odt
>>>>>>>>  to docx with OpenOffice (this was before LibreOffice...) and it also 
>>>>>>>> worked 
>>>>>>>> well.
>>>>>>>> I can only suggest to try the different paths out and see which works 
>>>>>>>> best, and 
>>>>>>>> then post your experiences here and add them to 
>>>>>>>> http://www.lyx.org/trac/ticket/6042 so that there is some progress 
>>>>>>>> with pandoc 
>>>>>>>> support in LyX.
>>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>>> Rainer
>>>>>>>>> Jerry

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