I've done some experimenting to see if I couldn't get the LaTeX formula
effect to work on Linux. I have a version that works with skconvert.
While a development version of skencil is available for Windows, it is
not clear that skconvert is. Perhaps we need two different versions of
the effect depending on platform. I've attached the eqtexsvg.py file
that uses skconvert.
I also looked at a few other alternatives:
1. pstoedit with ImageMagick
According to the docs, conversion to SVG without the shareware
plug-in is possible if pstoedit is compiled with ImageMagick-c++. I
tried this. An ImageMagick window pops up and the program hangs without
drawing anything. Closing the window gives an error: "Non-conforming
drawing primitive definition `fill-rule'".
2. Going directly from dvi to SVG via dvisvg
dvisvg does produce an Inkscape readable SVG file (after eliminating
an illegal character) but there are a couple of problems. It uses SVG
fonts which it creates but does not embedded them in the resulting SVG
file. Some of the glyphs are of the wrong style and use of Greek symbols
produces illegal characters (pi => ^Y). It also has tspan nodes inside
of tspan nodes which seems a bit strange. Too buggy to use.