I am in the same position --- i.e., I use emacs/auctex/org-mode/biblatex
Jeffrey Windsor <address@hidden
> I'm a PhD candidate in English literature, trying to break free from
> the crappy tools that proliferate among humanists. My advisor and
> committee are all incorrigible Microsoft Word users -- there's no
> chance that they'll ever switch. I'd rather use emacs, and
> specifically org, for my dissertation. But I need to regularly send
> drafts to my committee.
in a field in which MS Word is the default option. Many of the things I
write have to be converted to doc format at some point.
Are they adding comments to the Word document, or are they simply
> In the past, I've used PDFs (created in org via LaTeX), which works
> fine from my perspective, but I've detected some grumbling from the
> Microsoft Word users. They want me to fit in with the rest of the
> crowd and send them Word docs, too.
printing it out for reading? If the latter is the case, then this might
be an opportunity to inform them (gently) about the advantages of pdf
files for exchanging documents. :)
Perhaps the easiest route would be to export to html and then save as a
> Before org, I used MultiMarkdown, which exports to RTF. Since
> discovering the more robust org-mode, I've wished I could do the same.
> The fact is, I probably *can* do the same, but simply lack the
doc file from within Open Office or Word.
For simple LaTeX export to rtf (i.e., export of tex files exported from
org-mode), I've had great success with latex2rtf:
It's as simple as typing:
It will spit out a few warnings about unknown packages, but the
resulting rtf file is usually quite good.
I think it would be pretty easy to write a function combines
> Can anyone help me out? I suspect that docbook is the key, but I've
> tried to find an answer there and am flummoxed by the docbook
> documentation. Plus, if possible I'd like to have this be a simple
> process: if possible I'd like to have a straightforward C-c C-e R and,
> voila!, an RTF (or wordml?) file appears on my desktop. I'm a Mac
> (aquamacs emacs) user running org 6.26trans, if that makes any
org-export-as-latex with latex2rtf to deposit an rtf on the desktop.
I'll see what I can come up with.
For more complicated stuff (e.g., if you use the excellent biblatex
package for managing citations), tex4ht is a nice option:
This is a very powerful export tool that will convert a tex file to a
variety of formats. It can handle a lot of extra tex packages (e.g.,
biblatex) that other exporters can't handle.
Hope this helps.