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Presumably because LaTeX is designed for typesetting for fixed page sizes while HTML is designed for creating content that reflows to different window sizes and devices?

Not really - it is more that the various wrappers from tex to html are written in the spirit of the ancient web, rather than a transform to (another) simple, structured markup language. Somewhat odd considering docbook sgml should be a good match for modern html+CSS. I've considered writing something better, but have come to the conclusion that treating tex as output is just more reasonable (ie write in something like rst/markdown etc).

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