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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX

Postby jkarmon » Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:39 pm

I am trying to reformat hundreds of pages of lessons so that they take up far fewer pages (for photocopying purposes). I am copy-pasting text from a Word document into a Google Doc.

However, anything that is LaTeX-formatted fails to paste. It's just blank. (Note: I THINK it's LaTeX-formatted.)

To see an example of the kind of document I'm talking about, go to https://im.kendallhunt.com/MS/teachers/ ... ation.html and scroll down to Student Task Statements, then click the Word version. You'll notice that there's only a little bit of LaTeX -- which is part of the problem (it's hard to spot, and I'm afraid I'm copy-pasting without noticing and replacing all the missing text). There's much more in the lessons on algebraic expressions.

Can anyone help me with this? I tried copy-pasting from Word to Notes and THEN into Google Doc, but that didn't work. I also tried command-option-V instead of command-V (and command-control-V instead of command-V), but that didn't work either.

Thanks in advance,
Jennifer Karmon

P.S. I do know how to insert a LaTeX equation in a Google Doc -- but at the scale I'm working at (hundreds of pages), the problem is not that I can't render LaTeX but that I can't spot that it's missing, especially when it's just something like "the base b of the parallelogram," where "b" is rendered in LaTeX rather than in italicized text. And, of course, ideally I wouldn't have to retype it.
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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX  Topic is solved

Postby jkarmon » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:39 pm

OMG I got it! I figured out a solution! Question withdrawn! :D

(If anyone's curious: The solution was to open the Word document *in* Google Docs, rather than to copy-paste *from* Word into GDocs. *Then* I can copy-paste from one GDoc to another without losing the LaTeX formatting.)

Sorry for the false alarm. And here I made an account and everything, all for nothing. Heh.
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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX

Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:40 pm

Hi Jennifer,

welcome to the forum!

I saw your tweet (and retweeted it to get more readers).

I don't see LaTeX code here. I don't see LaTeX involved at all, not with Word and not with Google docs. Not sure how we can help from the LaTeX side then.

Our fellow LaTeX friends may of course, recommend doing all in LaTeX. ;-) But of course, you are trying to get something done with other applications.

I hope it works; let us know, and if we can help with LaTeX, we do!

Stefan

edit: I wrote this before I saw your new post. Glad that it works!
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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX

Postby jkarmon » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:44 pm

Thank you, Stefan!

Well, I will feel pretty dumb if it was never even LaTeX involved. Isn't this LaTeX in this screenshot?

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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX

Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:51 pm

Yes, no LaTeX, here, it's the Word or Google formula displaying.

LaTeX would not make such an erratic spacing around relation and operator symbols. Look at the asymmetric space around the equal sign, and the different spacing considering the two multiplication symbols.

LaTeX is like:

\documentclass[preview,border=10pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\begin{document}
\ldots same angle as: $A = \frac{1}{2} \cdot b \cdot h$
\end{document}


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Update: Solution found // Help! Elementary teacher flummoxed by LaTeX

Postby jkarmon » Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:03 pm

Oh, I see. I apologize for wasting everyone's time from *two* angles then -- first because I solved my own problem, and second because it was never even LaTeX to begin with! Sigh and sheepish grin.


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