I'm changing the focus of this question after experimenting a little further, I've left the original question in the quote at the bottom.
As the original question points out, newer versions of Word (I think from 2013 onward) support the importing of PDFs into editable form (though obviously with not 100% faithful reproduction).
However, Word doesn't seem to play nicely with PDFs I create with Tex, and it would be handy if they did so that my supervisor can proofread the doc.
My question therefore is what the differences are or what needs to be done to a TeX PDF in order for Word to be able to open it? Or is it impossible for some other reason?
As per the previous comments, I tried LuaLatex and XeLaTeX, but the same issues persist (see screen shots). I then thought that it might be due to the fact that on OSX, TeXShop's default encoding is Latin, but after shifting everything to UTF-8, there is still no difference - the result of
file -I doc.tex states that the document is
ASCII, which from my research is already a subset of
The only other curiosity I've noticed, is that if I try to get Word to open the document, treating it as
ASCII, it unchecks the box automatically, and doesn't render a preview, whereas I can select any other encoding just fine (though the preview is obviously gibberish).
There must be some subtlety here which I'm missing since PDF2DOCx.com is able to do a surprisingly faithful reconstruction of the whole TeX document that can be opened in Word.
Import process for Word
(using a PDF typeset under Unicode UTF-8 (Ascii) and exported with XeLaTeX)
I realise this has been asked a million times, but I'm going round in circles at the moment, and a good number of the threads are old so I'm wondering if there is some more up to date information around with regards to converting Tex files (typeset, not raw) or better yet, PDFs in to Word 2013 or greater .docx formats?
Specifically, I'm looking for commandline tools so that I can include it in a workflow?
So far I've tried with Pandoc, but there are issues with UTF-8 formatting that I can't unpick, and you cant convert from PDF.
Word is capable of opening PDFs natively these days, and does a good job of it usually, but it doesn't seem to be able to read my LaTeX PDFs at all (if anyone has thoughts on this point too I'd be glad to hear them).
Despite the document being very large and complex, I've had some excellent results with online converters, but I'd really not like to have to use them each time if possible - thought this tells me it must be doable if only they were available on the commandline.
Has anyone come across and tools more recently perhaps that would fit the bill?