Introducing Markdown and Pandoc

Using Markup Language and Document Converter

  • Thomas Mailund

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About this book


Discover how to write manuscripts in Markdown and translate them with Pandoc into different output formats. You’ll use Markdown to annotate text formatting information with a strong focus on semantic information: you can annotate your text with information about where chapters and sections start, but not how chapter and heading captions should be formatted. As a result, you’ll decouple the structure of a text from how it is visualized and make it easier for you to produce different kinds of output. The same text can easily be formatted as HTML, PDF, or Word documents, with various visual styles, by tools that understand the markup annotations. 

Finally, you’ll learn to use Pandoc, a tool for translating between different markup languages, such as LaTeX, HTML, and Markdown. This book will not describe all the functionality that Pandoc provides, only how you can use it to write documents in Markdown. If that is something you are interested in, Introducing Markdown and Pandoc will get you started.

With this set of skills you’ll be able to write more efficiently without worrying about needless formatting and other distractions.

You will:
  • Why and how to use Markdown and Pandoc
  • Write Markdown
  • Use extensions available in Pandoc and Markdown
  • Write math and code blocks
  • Use templates and produce documents


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Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Mailund
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  1. 1.Aarhus NDenmark

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