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I need some insight on this issue concerning desktop publishing.
A little over a decade ago, most typesetting for printed books used to be done in this software called Word for DOS. The software made use of macros to embed scientific/matematical equations in the body of the text (similar to Microsoft Equation Editor). In the years since, Word for DOS has become obsolete and even if you still have an operational version of Word for DOS and people who know how to use it, it is a pain to typeset your books in compared to Pagemaker and InDesign.
Is there a way of converting these "word for dos" files into their equivalent LaTeX files, for instance, so that the links to the equations are not broken and you essentially avoid the problem of retyping the whole book again?