# zanedp

## “Windmills Do Not Work That Way!”*

### 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. :(