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4.6 The conversion menu 

Sometimes you may want to convert files produced by other word processors to (La)TeX texts. Or you may want to use the extended ascii set for accented letters instead of the less readable equivalent TeX commands. This may also be necessary when you want to use the text in other word processors. A more drastic approach is to `deTeX', i.e. strip all TeX commands from a file.

4TeX currently supports the following conversions:

The conversion menu can be chosen from the utility menu (press [U] in the main menu, see Figure 4.13).  
Figure 4.13Conversion menu

The following functions are available in the conversion menu:

[I] change Input file
Enter the name of the file that you want to convert. You may enter a pattern using wildcards to select a file.

[O] change Output file
Enter the name of the file in which the output of the conversion will be stored. Obviously this cannot be the same as the input file. Wild cards are not allowed.

[P] change files Path
changes the path to the file(s) you want to convert. If you enter a directory name with wildcards (or an empty one) 4TeX will display a list of all directories that satisfy the wildcard specification. By using the cursor keys you can select the directory you want. Using this approach you do not have to type the whole directory name (correctly) but only a few letters are often enough. Press [Esc] to restore the directory name to the old setting.

[V] View input file
views the file that you will be converting.
Note: Binary files (such as WordPerfect files) can be hard or impossible to read for human beings.

[W] vieW output file
views the file produced by the conversion program.
Note: Binary files (such as WordPerfect files) can be hard or impossible to read for human beings.

[N] choose coNversion
chooses a conversion from the list of available conversions.

[C] Convert input file
starts the conversion process. Note that 4TeX does not check if the input and/or output file are valid for the chosen conversion. It does warn you when you are about to overwrite an existing file.

[R] Return to main menu
leaves the conversion menu and return to the main menu. Equivalent keys are [Esc] and [Q]

Note: the quality of the conversion programs varies greatly. To get the best results you may have to experiment, perhaps using two or three different conversions in a row.

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