section numbering in tex4ht using memoir class with article option

tex4ht seems to ignore the article option in the memoir class. I say this because section numbers (and the corresponding cross-references) appear as 0.1, 0.2, etc. instead of 1, 2, etc. when outputting to .odt using tex4ht (but not when using xetex).

Is this a bug? If not, is there a way for me to modify this behavior?

• Oops, I realized that I was totally confused about this one. I had assumed that the article option was supposed to do the trick, but now I realize that I needed to add an extra line (\renewcommand*{\thesection}{\arabic{section}}) to get xetex to do it right. And now tex4ht does it right too. What is the right TeX.SE protocol? Should I delete/close this question? Should I "answer" my own question and thus close it? Or should I just leave it as is with apologies for being too quick to post it? – Alex Roberts Feb 10 '19 at 1:37
• I think it would be best to add your own answer with the correct code, to help people with the same issue in the future. – michal.h21 Mar 19 '19 at 23:04

As I mentioned in a comment, I realized that the problem had nothing to do with tex4ht but rather I was simply mistaken about memoir's default. So the answer is:

To achieve the desired output, one must add the line \renewcommand*{\thesection}{\arabic{section}} to the preamble.

MWE:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode

\documentclass[12pt,article,oldfontcommands]{memoir}

\renewcommand*{\thesection}{\arabic{section}}

\begin{document}

\section{first section}

Should be section 1 but is instead section 0.1.

\end{document}