General repository of small scripts and applications
Aid to writing letters using PanDoc + LaTeX to create a PDF output file. Includes two support files for copying into ~/.pandoc:
The raw letter template, which contains a YAML metadata block with all the variables needed to write a basic letter. It should be edited to contain your name and address for ease of use.
The content of the letter goes below the block. You don't need to write a sign-off at the end as that will be dealt with automatically.
The LaTeX template use for converting to a PDF, essentially using the standard "letter" class that comes with your TeX distribution.
If you inserted a recipient's name in the metadata your letter you'll get "Dear $name" and "Yours sincerely", otherwise "Dear Sir or Madam" and "Yours faithfully". If you want to fiddle with any of this stuff it's all in this template file.
To invoke manually:
pandoc --to latex --template letter in.markdown -o out.pdf
To use the support script:
writeletter new in.markdown # creates a fresh markdown file writeletter make in.markdown # converts to PDF (appends .pdf to name)