# latex2rtf omits space symbols in every unicode paragraph until first ASCII symbol

I have written a LaTeX document in Russian. Unfortunately I have to convert it into a Word compatible format and latex2rtf seems to be the best tool for it.

But there is problem with white space in every paragraph: they are simply omitted until the first ASCII symbol - usually a dot or a number - appears. And paragraphs which start with ASCII symbols are rendered completely normal.

Here's a minimal example to demonstrate this problem:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[russian]{babel}
\begin{document}
\section{Введение}
Тестовое предложение 1 2 3 4 5. Тестовое предложение. Тестовое предложение.

Тестовое предложение 1 2 3 4 5. Тестовое предложение. Тестовое предложение.

English sentence. Русское предложение.
\end{document}


Output of latex2rtf test.tex can be found here.

This command is executed under

• Debian 7 operating system,
• latex2rtf version is 1.9.19.

What can I do to solve this problem?

• Welcome to TeX.SX! The manual page mentions that utf8 support is limited and the STIX fonts need to be on the system to get some symbols. – Andrew Swann Dec 4 '14 at 13:36
• you can use tex4ht to convert your document to odt format (which Word can open). try mk4ht oolatex test.tex, your document was converted correctly when I tried that – michal.h21 Dec 4 '14 at 13:43
• this would require some extra work, but you might just put a period as the first input to the file, and delete it later. – barbara beeton Dec 4 '14 at 14:47