Re: Markdown to PDF

Subject: Re: Markdown to PDF
From: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: Ryan Young <ryangyoung -at- gmail -dot- com>, tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:40:46 -0800

My understanding is that LaTex is pretty capable with formatting. Are you sure you are finding the right docs to tell you how to do it?

But if that doesn't work, you could use Pandoc to output to DocBook XML. Then you can use the DocBook output toolchain (free) to get a lot of control over it. If you really need to get picky with the PDF you can get into modifying the XSL-FO that is produced, but that might be more than you want to get into. The free XSL-FO processor (Apache FOP) is not as good at some things as one of the commercial FO processors (mainly Antenna House or RenderX XEP).

Or you could output to HTML and then use CSS and a formatter like PrinceXML (commercial) to create PDF. You might need to use some proprietary PrinceXML CSS stuff to get certain formatting effects because CSS is not as capable as XSL-FO (not yet anyway).

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin Consulting, Inc.
http://markgiffin.com/

On 2/18/2015 8:56 PM, Ryan Young wrote:

Hello,

At my new job, what documentation there is is in Markdown. The engineers
set up a script using pandoc to create some functional PDF output. The
problem is that pandoc requires LaTex to produce the PDF, which doesn't
give me very much control of things like the location of images in the
document (or the ability to create links).

I've played around with Atom and SublimeText, but neither gives me all that
much more control over the PDF output. I've also suggested the company
start using Confluence, which would solve the problem, but it seems like
that will take a bit of planning.

Any suggestions?


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