CSV Tables in Markdown: Pandoc Filter for CSV Tables
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The pantable package comes with 2 pandoc filters, pantable.py and pantable2csv.py. pantable is the main filter, introducing a syntax to include CSV table in markdown source. pantable2csv complements pantable, is the inverse of pantable, which convert native pandoc tables into the CSV table format defined by pantable.

Some example uses are:

  1. You already have tables in CSV format.

  2. You feel that directly editing markdown table is troublesome. You want a spreadsheet interface to edit, but want to convert it to native pandoc table for higher readability. And this process might go back and forth.

  3. You want lower-level control on the table and column widths.

  4. You want to use all table features supported by the pandoc’s internal AST table format, which is not possible in markdown for pandoc <= 1.18.[1]

[1] In pandoc 1.19, grid-tables is improved to support all features available to the AST too.

pantable

This allows CSV tables, optionally containing markdown syntax (disabled by default), to be put in markdown as a fenced code blocks.

Example

Also see the README in GitHub Pages. There’s a LaTeX output too.

```table
---
caption: '*Awesome* **Markdown** Table'
alignment: RC
table-width: 2/3
markdown: True
---
First row,defaulted to be header row,can be disabled
1,cell can contain **markdown**,"It can be aribrary block element:

- following standard markdown syntax
- like this"
2,"Any markdown syntax, e.g.",$$E = mc^2$$
```

becomes

AwesomeMarkdown Table

First row

defaulted to be header row

can be disabled

1

cell can contain markdown

It can be aribrary block element:

  • following standard markdown syntax
  • like this

2

Any markdown syntax, e.g.


E = mc2

(The equation might not work if you view this on PyPI.)

Install and Use

Install:

pip install -U pantable

Use:

pandoc -F pantable -o README.html README.md

Syntax

Fenced code blocks is used, with a class table. See Example.

Optionally, YAML metadata block can be used within the fenced code block, following standard pandoc YAML metadata block syntax. 7 metadata keys are recognized:

  • caption: the caption of the table. If omitted, no caption will be inserted. Default: disabled.

  • alignment: a string of characters among L,R,C,D, case-insensitive, corresponds to Left-aligned, Right-aligned, Center-aligned, Default-aligned respectively. e.g. LCRD for a table with 4 columns. Default: DDD...

  • width: a list of relative width corresponding to the width of each columns. e.g.

    - width
        - 0.1
        - 0.2
        - 0.3
        - 0.4

    Default: auto calculated from the length of each line in table cells.

  • table-width: the relative width of the table (e.g. relative to \linewidth). default: 1.0

  • header: If it has a header row or not. True/False/yes/NO are accepted, case-insensitive. default: True

  • markdown: If CSV table cell contains markdown syntax or not. Same as above. Default: False

  • include: the path to an CSV file, can be relative/absolute. If non-empty, override the CSV in the CodeBlock. default: None

When the metadata keys is invalid, the default will be used instead. Note that width and table-width accept fractions as well.

pantable2csv

This one is the inverse of pantable, a panflute filter to convert any native pandoc tables into the CSV table format used by pantable.

Effectively, pantable forms a “CSV Reader”, and pantable2csv forms a “CSV Writer”. It allows you to convert back and forth between these 2 formats.

For example, in the markdown source:

+--------+---------------------+--------------------------+
| First  | defaulted to be     | can be disabled          |
| row    | header row          |                          |
+========+=====================+==========================+
| 1      | cell can contain    | It can be aribrary block |
|        | **markdown**        | element:                 |
|        |                     |                          |
|        |                     | -   following standard   |
|        |                     |     markdown syntax      |
|        |                     | -   like this            |
+--------+---------------------+--------------------------+
| 2      | Any markdown        | $$E = mc^2$$             |
|        | syntax, e.g.        |                          |
+--------+---------------------+--------------------------+

: *Awesome* **Markdown** Table

running pandoc -F pantable2csv -o output.md input.md, it becomes

``` {.table}
---
alignment: DDD
caption: '*Awesome* **Markdown** Table'
header: true
markdown: true
table-width: 0.8055555555555556
width: [0.125, 0.3055555555555556, 0.375]
---
First row,defaulted to be header row,can be disabled
1,cell can contain **markdown**,"It can be aribrary block element:

-   following standard markdown syntax
-   like this
"
2,"Any markdown syntax, e.g.",$$E = mc^2$$
```

Related Filters

The followings are pandoc filters written in Haskell that provide similar functionality. This filter is born after testing with theirs.

pandoc-csv2table pandoc-placetable panflute example pantable
caption caption caption title caption
aligns aligns = LRCD aligns = LRCD aligns = LRCD
width widths = "0.5 0.2 0.3" width: [0.5, 0.2, 0.3]
table-width table-width: 1.0
header header = yes | no header = yes | no has_header: True | False header: True | False | yes | NO
markdown inlinemarkdown markdown: True | False | yes | NO
source source file source include
others type = simple | multiline | grid | pipe
delimiter
quotechar
id (wrapped by div)
Notes width are auto-calculated when width is not specified