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(Posting the following as an answer rather than a comment to Ellett's Nov 22 '12 at 15:23 answer because the line breaks in code don't show up in comments.) Remarking that latex code of the following form: here is some text%comment %comment , and here is some more text is problematic because it compiles as here is some text, and here is some more text ...
Old question but I figured I'd throw in my two cents. An approach that I use, following a careful read-through to make sure that I catch as much as I can, is to first convert the latex document to RTF (using the latex2rtf package), and then open it up in Word. The figures tend to be ignored, however the wording and grammar at least can be handled by Word's ...
From a terminal window, issue pdftex fontchart You'll be asked a TFM name, such as cmr10. The picture shows a fragment of what you get from ecrm1000:
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