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plasTeX: Converting LaTeX Documents to Other Markup Languages

Tim Arnold


This article introduces plasTeX, a software package for converting LaTeX documents to other markup languages. It begins with usage details including examples of how to create HTML and DocBook XML from LaTeX sources. Then, it describes development details: how plasTeX works and how developers can use it to create or extend a publishing workflow in a production setting. Finally, it ends with some examples of customizing the parser and renderer as well as suggestions of how others can contribute to this open source project.

Tim Arnold is a systems programmer in North Carolina. He has been involved in online documentation production since 1993 when he served as the managing editor for the online Journal of Statistics Education. He enjoys typography and book design, and his special interest is automated conversion of LaTeX sources to multiple online document formats. Contact him at

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