exporting MMD documents with footnotes/critic markup

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Adam Rice

20 Jun, 2014 05:31 PM

I would love to be able to write my work documents in MMD, but .doc files are the lingua franca of my industry. So I need to be able to export to that format. And I need to be able to include comments and footnotes.

Currently MultiMarkdown Composer will export footnotes as formatted parts of the main text, rather than footnotes as such, and it doesn't do anything to convert Critic Markup.

I recognize that Critic Markup comments would be a problem, since they are attached to a point in the file, while Word comments are attached to a span of text. I can imagine workarounds for that

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 20 Jun, 2014 08:11 PM

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    Thanks for writing in!

    My sympathies for the need to work in .doc files.

    Your best bet for converting MultiMarkdown to .doc is via the
    OpenDocument format, and using LibreOffice to convert to .doc (or RTF
    for that matter). LibreOffice does a decent job at this -- typically
    much better than Apple's converter in my experience.

    It is possible for someone to write a native MMD->.docx converter. I
    imagine it would be similar to the MMD->.fodt format, except that, to my
    knowledge, there is no single file format for .docx files (just zipped
    folders of a mess of files). I have no need for a MMD->.docx converter,
    and don't anticipate personally writing one. As MMD is open source,
    anyone can contribute should they desire, and I would gladly add support
    for it to Composer as well. Thus far, no one has taken me up on my
    standing offer to help volunteers wanting to write a better RTF
    converter, so I wouldn't hold your breath.

    As for CriticMarkup, I have written a fair amount about this already:



    I don't anticipate there being any explicit support for converting CM
    into .doc files in the future.


  2. 2 Posted by Adam Rice on 23 Jun, 2014 04:08 PM

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    Thanks for the feedback. Clearly there are more ramifications to my idea than I had considered.

  3. Fletcher closed this discussion on 05 Aug, 2014 05:06 PM.

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