Fran├žois Charette


LaTeX::Decode - Decode from LaTeX to Unicode


Version 0.05


    use LaTeX::Decode;

    my $latex_string = 'Mu\\d{h}ammad ibn M\\=us\=a al-Khw\\=arizm\\={\\i}';
    my $new_string   = latex_decode($latex_string); # => 'Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī'




latex_decode($text, %options)

Decodes the given text from LaTeX to Unicode.

The function accepts a number of options:

    * normalize => $bool (default 0)
        whether the output string should be normalized with Unicode::Normalize

    * normalization => <normalization form> (default 'NFC')
        and if yes, the normalization form to use (see the Unicode::Normalize documentation)

    * strip_outer_braces => $bool (default 0)
        whether the outer curly braces around letters+combining marks should be
        stripped off. By default "fut{\\'e}" becomes fut{é}, to prevent something
        like '\\textuppercase{\\'e}' to become '\\textuppercaseé'. Setting this option to
        TRUE can be useful for instance when converting BibTeX files.


The decoding scheme can be set with $LaTeX::Decode::DefaultScheme = '<name>'; Possible values are 'base', 'extra' and 'full'; default value is 'extra'.

TODO : explain these scheme!

base => Most common macros and diacritics (sufficient for Western languages and common symbols)

extra => Also converts punctuation, larger range of diacritics and macros (e.g. for IPA, Latin Extended Additional, etc.)

full => Also converts symbols, Greek letters, dingbats, negated symbols, and superscript characters and symbols ...


François Charette, <>


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Copyright 2009-2015 François Charette, all rights reserved.

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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.