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Publicon problems converting sample document to LaTeX

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  • Subject: [mg50289] Publicon problems converting sample document to LaTeX
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 03:35:56 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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My first attempt at translating a Publicon document into LaTeX and 
printing the result was a bit of a disaster.

I tried the supplied file DefaultSample.nb, saving it to LaTeX.

First I tried to use Y&Y LaTeX to process this, but it choked on .tfm's 
it couldn't find.

Second I tried MiKTeX.  At least LaTeX processed to the end of the 
document.  But:

(1) There was no \maketitle in the generated LaTeX, so no title appeared!

(2) None of the .ps files (originating from the \includegraphics 
commands) rendered in the Yap viewer and none printed.  (See below for 
the Yap report.)

(3) The wide math display (4) was horribly translated into LaTeX as just 
an equation environment, whereas some sort of amsmath structure was 
clearly required in order to keep the long lines from wandering 
off-screen and off-paper to the right.  I suppose this is more than one 
can ask at present from such a translater -- that here the burden should 
fall upon the author of the Publicon notebook, but then this might mean 
considerable manual intervention into the LaTeX markup, and that in turn 
vitiates some of the purpose of using Publicon to produce TeX.

Here's the report I got about the (first?) PostScript special include 
not being able to be rendered:

   Error: /typecheck in --image--
Operand stack:
    --nostringval--   PermitFileReading   --nostringval-- 
PermitFileWriting   --nostringval--   (\000)   745   745   8 
--nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
Execution stack:
    %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
--nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1   3   %oparray_pop 
1   3   %oparray_pop   1   3   %oparray_pop   1   3   %oparray_pop 
.runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2 
%stopped_push   --nostringval--   11   5   %oparray_pop 
--nostringval--   12   5   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
    --dict:1057/1123(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:71/200(L)-- 
--dict:95/300(L)--   --dict:81/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
MiKTeX GPL Ghostscript 8.01: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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