# How can a Word writer write a manuscript with a LaTeX writer? [duplicate]

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What software or tutorials are there that allow Word writers to write with LaTeX writers without Word writers having to learn LaTeX

## marked as duplicate by Community♦Jul 27 '16 at 16:24

• Welcome. Word writers don't have to do anything, but then somebody else will have to do the LaTeX work. Adds quite a tension to collaborative work. Better all use the same program, hich one is a group decision. – Johannes_B Jul 27 '16 at 13:44
• LaTeX for complete novices – Johannes_B Jul 27 '16 at 13:45
• If the document has to 'work' in Word, use Word: the LaTeX user will just have to get on with it. – Joseph Wright Jul 27 '16 at 14:02
• The LaTeX author should find a more talented coauthor. ;-) – JPi Jul 27 '16 at 14:37
• If the issue is that one co-author doesn't wish to learn LaTeX, then perhaps Lyx (lyx.org) could be a usfeul compromise? – BenK-G Jul 27 '16 at 14:40

Maintaining a Word file with LaTeX commands (\ref{} and \cite{} are probably the most important) has worked well for me in the past. Images can be imported into Word, even equations can be compiled using standalone and pasted in from a parallel LaTeX document. The body text can be converted using something like pandoc, which can deal with ordinary text quite happily including things like font formatting - though I suggest running it over a stripped down copy of your file. Word's "track changes" feature is useful and requires only switching on, not learning.