A quick demo to getting papers written quickly in markdown
Pandoc is an awesome tool! This is especially true once properly configured for scientific writing. Personally, I write all my papers in Markdown — or RMarkdown for the fancy stuff that requires generating figures — and leave pandoc to automatically produces pdfs and LaTeX output. In fact, all my builds are simultaneously generated for 3 separate versions — corresponding to the major style guides in computer science — ACM, IEEE and LNCS formatting. I get really distracted writing LaTeX directly -- it's really easy to lose track on what you want to say when writing when you could spend half the day type-setting and resizing figures. This is where writing in markdown really shines; it allow's you the flexibility of LaTeX -- since TeX can be embedded at any part of the document -- without you going down the long road of type-setting and losing your train of thought. Best of all, if you're about to submit the paper and need to finally focus on typesetting it's easy to generate a LaTeX output of your work and edit as you normally would using the classic TeX workflow.
Packages used to build the paper include:
- pandoc -- 1.19.2
- pandoc-citeproc -- 0.10.4
- pandoc-crossref -- 0.3.0.0