Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Student Senate Bylaws in Markdown with PDF, HTML and DOCX generated outputs
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Carnegie Mellon University Student Senate Bylaws


  • Simple, effective workflow for improvement and collaboration
  • Complete history with extensive tooling
  • Straightforward text format without pitfalls
  • Easy conversion to a multitude of alternative formats
  • Increased consistency and less room for errors


To generate output files and lint files, the following development dependencies must be installed.

  • make
  • aspell
  • pcregrep
  • pandoc
  • texlive-latex-base, texlive-fonts-recommended, texlive-latex-recommended, texlive-latex-extra

On Ubuntu-based systems, use sudo apt-get install make aspell pcregrep pandoc texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended texlive-latex-extra.


  • Edit Then, run make to generate DOCX, PDF and HTML outputs.
  • Use ./ to check for errors including misspellings, non-ASCII characters and trailing whitespace.
  • Only propose changes to within pull requests. Always merge with rebase to ensure a linear history.
  • Create a new tag and GitHub release with each bylaws content revision that includes voting details and date.