I write in latex, but I often need to collaborate with others who insist on using MS Word. so, I create my part of the document first in latex, then I convert it to MS-Word and kiss it goodbye. it's a roach motel kind of conversion---it checks in, but it won't check out. and please don't ask me to convert my collaborators. I can't. I wish. but I can't.
now, in the past, I have looked at https://www.tug.org/utilities/texconv/textopc.html but found no good solutions there. I also looked at solutions in Workflow for converting LaTeX into Open Office / MS Word Format and they were a good start.
from what I have seen, the best completely painless effortless way on me, as a user, seems to be to use OCR on the pdf file. It gets a good part of the required MS-Word formatting right. (I find the ones with interim conversion to odt to be not only painful but also having poor results.)
Alas, there is one oddity. I think that typical OCR software tends to ignore the information that pdftotext (from glyph&cog's poppler ubuntu package) can obtain. This is because there are occasional characters that are misrecognized in words.
is there an OCR program that can use the text-based information in pdf files in its scan process, too? has anyone done systematic experimentation on the quality of automated latex -> pdf -> msword (OCR) translations?