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“Windmills Do Not Work That Way!”*

The life and hobbies of a firmware/software developer.


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Thank goodness...

(Anonymous)
...for smart people with time on their hands.

That's really cool, Zane. I remember it being a real pain to convert to plain text for those application websites.

It sure is! Even more so when I change parts of my resume depending on the job I'm applying for and have to do the conversion more than once. This sequence of commands takes most of the busy-work out of it. I still need to adjust some vertical spacing between sections, but that's nothing compared to dealing with the horizontal spacing and all the special characters that get inserted.


detex, unicode

(Anonymous)
well, i use detex for this purpose. it's part of texlive extra utilities. also, you recommend ditching the unicode enconding in favor of ascii, while even the word 'résumé' includes non-ascii characters:). other than that, i'm always happy to see people blogging about things like this, really.

Re: detex, unicode

I'd never heard of detex. Thanks for the info. I should dig up that texlive manual!

I tried out detex, and it leaves a little to be desired for me. It just strips out the TeX commands that it recognizes, and leaves the ones it doesn't. I wind up with some spacing commands being ignored, some measurement units still being displayed, and \kill lines still showing up. For example: UniversityRaleigh, NCAugust 2008. Custom commands aren't parsed properly, either:
[3]
#1, #2 #3


And, I appreciate the irony of résumé having non-unicode characters where I'm suggesting people convert to ASCII. Some online forms choke on the unicode chars, though. :(

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