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The LATEX2HTML Translator

Nikos Drakos
Computer Based Learning Unit
University of Leeds.

February 23, 1998

Documentation revised and updated for V97.1 and HTML 3.2;
and further revisions for V98.1 and HTML 4.0 by:

  Ross Moore
Mathematics Department
Macquarie University, Sydney.

This document accompanies LATEX2HTML , version 98.1.  

This is a preliminary document for LATEX2HTML 98.1 with revisions in section ``Getting LATEX2HTML'', ``Known Problems'' and ``Environments and Special Features''. A fully updated manual is underway and will be released soon.

The manuscript was updated to version 96.1, as indicated with change-bar icons, by Herbert WSwan <> and converted to LATEX2e by   Michel Goossens <>.

Updates and extensive revisions to the manuscript for version V96.1 rev-f, were made by   Ross Moore <>, also incorporating suggestions from   Michel Goossens.

Another major revision was required to adequately describe the new features made possible with HTML 3.2, and recent developments in image-generation and macro-handling. This work was done by   Ross Moore, as were most of the revisions for V98.1. Appropriate change-bar icons indicate where newly added features are described.

 A PostScript version of the manual is available. If you'd like to get the gzip'd version instead, it is located at

Browse the following links for information concerning:

* Contributions from others -- early development
* Contributions from others -- recent developments, 1996
* Contributions from others -- recent developments, 1997
* Contributions from others -- recent developments, 1998
* Proposals for future development
* Licensing

Warning: The contents of this document are likely to change.
It is advisable not to use links to any pages other than the first page (this page).



LATEX2HTML is a conversion tool that allows documents written in LATEX to become part of the World-Wide Web. In addition, it offers an easy migration path towards authoring complex hyper-media documents using familiar word-processing concepts, including the power of a LATEX-like macro language capable of producing correctly structured HTML tags.

LATEX2HTML replicates the basic structure of a LATEX document as a set of interconnected HTML files which can be explored using automatically generated navigation panels. The cross-references, citations, footnotes, the table-of-contents and the lists of figures and tables, are also translated into hypertext links. Formatting information which has equivalent ``tags'' in HTML (lists, quotes, paragraph-breaks, type-styles, etc.) is also converted appropriately. The remaining heavily formatted items such as mathematical equations, pictures etc. are converted to images which are placed automatically at the correct position in the final HTML document.

LATEX2HTML extends LATEX by supporting arbitrary hypertext links and symbolic cross-references between evolving remote documents. It also allows the specification of conditional text and the inclusion of raw HTML commands. These hyper-media extensions to LATEX are available as new commands and environments from within a LATEX document.

This document presents the main features of LATEX2HTML and describes how to obtain and install it, and how to use it effectively.

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