[BlindMath] Grind EQ to Translate LaTeX to Word

Michael Evers michaelevers at southalabama.edu
Wed Aug 25 13:16:34 UTC 2021

Equatio and math Type will get the job done, but it is not all that
accessible.  You will still have to do some editing.

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Subject: Re: [BlindMath] Grind EQ to Translate LaTeX to Word

Hi Elizabeth,

I have tried GrindEq in the past, and the results were not entirely
positive. The software does convert LaTex to Math Type word, but it's
often in a form that math player tends to struggle with. So instead of
reading the equations correctly, it often gives some kind of error. I
experimented with several documents or papers by different people and ran
into the same problem each time. Basically, you have to manually edit the
LaTex and make some changes to beat the document into a form that GrindEq
will convert into a readable word document. That means a lot of extra work
and plenty of trial and error figuring out what works and what doesn't. I
also tried another conversion program and ran into some similar issues,
but don't remember the name of that other software.

>From discussions on this list, my sense was that this is the case for
much any conversion tool. In fact many of the solutions that are bandied
about aren't as good in practice as one might initially be led to believe.

As for Pandoc, I once wanted to give it a try but couldn't figure out how
to use it and make it work. The instructions on exactly what to install
and how to get it running weren't entirely clear. Is there anyone on this
list who knows the exact steps and can share?

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Subject: [BlindMath] Grind EQ to Translate LaTeX to Word

Apologies if this has been asked before, but we're working with
instructors in a math course who have created PDF files from LaTeX. We'd
like to convert the files to either Word with embedded equations in the
Office format or to

I've seen the software GrindEQ mentioned and wondered if anyone had
experience with it.

I have also heard of  Pandoc, but was wondering if anyone knew of a
version of Pandoc that works natively in Windows or Mac. Our staff is not
particularly skilled in Unix.

Any information is appreciated.

Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
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