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Yet another LaTeX filter

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YaLafi: Yet another LaTeX filter

This Python package extracts plain text from LaTeX documents. Due to the following characteristics, the software may be integrated with a proofreading tool:

  • tracking of character positions during text manipulations,
  • simple inclusion of own LaTeX macros and environments with tailored treatment,
  • careful conservation of text flows,
  • detection of trailing interpunction in equations,
  • proper handling of nestable LaTeX elements like {} braces.

A more complete description, including an interface to the plug-in vim-grammarous for Vim, is available at the GitHub page. For instance, the LaTeX input

Only few people\footnote{We use
\textcolor{red}{redx colour.}}
is lazy.

will lead to the subsequent output from example application script yalafi/shell/shell.py. The script invokes LanguageTool as proofreading software, using a local installation or the Web server hosted by LanguageTool.

1.) Line 2, column 17, Rule ID: MORFOLOGIK_RULE_EN_GB
Message: Possible spelling mistake found
Suggestion: red; Rex; reds; redo; Red; Rede; redox; red x
Only few people is lazy.    We use redx colour. 
                                   ^^^^
2.) Line 3, column 1, Rule ID: PEOPLE_VBZ[1]
Message: If 'people' is plural here, don't use the third-person singular verb.
Suggestion: am; are; aren
Only few people is lazy.    We use redx colour. 
                ^^

Run with option '--output html', the script produces an HTML report:

HTML report

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