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This filter provides a slightly cleaner syntax for the LaTeX glossaries package. This uses a syntax inspired by pandoc-ac by Eduardo Pinho.

Use the codes below in place of the \gls{label} form in your source code:

Code Description Translates to
(+x) glossary entry \gls{x}
(++x) capitalised glossary entry \Gls{x}
(+^x) plural form of the glossary entry \glspl{x}
(++^x) capitalised plural form of the glossary entry \Glspl{x}
(-x) unlinked glossary entry name only \glsentryname{x}
(-+x) caplitalised unlinked glossary entry \Glsentryname{x}
(-^x) plutal unlinked glossary entry \glsentryplural{x}
(-+^x) caplitalised plural form of the unlinked glossary entry \Glsentryplural{x}

The unlinked versions of the syntax are recommended for figure and table captions as this will prevent the acronyms and glossary first usages turning up in your tables of figures/tables and/or messing up your PDF bookmarks.

If you are using the hyperref package to have links from your table of contents to your sections then avoid using the anything other than (-x) in your section headings as all manor of errors await you. See the details about expandable vs non-expandable commands in section 9 of the glossaries user guide.

For possessives (e.g. "label's") and other grammar in your glossary entries the glossaries package does allow you to define custom grammars, however pandoc-gls doesn't have a syntax for these (yet). For now, you can add extra text behind your labels and this will be added to the substituted latex output. For example (+FOO)'s would become foobanator's and (+BAR)ing would become BARing.


To apply this filter to your markdown code, clone the pandoc-gls.lua to an accessible directory, then run pandoc with the --lua-filters option:

$ pandoc --from markdown --to latex -o output.pdf --lua-filter \path\to\pandoc-gls.lua

In order for the glossary entries to render properly you need to include the glossaries package and a definition file (see glossary.tex in this repository for an example) in the markdown document's front matter:

    - \usepackage{glossaries}
    - \makenoidxglossaries
    - \include{<path to glossary definitions file>}
    - \printnoidxglossary[sort=word]

This will include a glossary at the end of the document, however you can place it at the front by putting the print glossary command in the include-before list.

NOTE: Glossary labels cannot contain spaces but can contain "_" (underscore) and "-" (hyphen) characters. Any other punctuation characters used within labels will cause the parsing to fail.


Lua is not my main language so this filter could probably be made more efficient. Any tips are welcome.

Currently only supports glossary entries in normal text, headings and tables. I need to add support for code blocks and other inline elements.

I need to add support for using hyperref's \texorpdfstring{TEX text}{Bookmark Text} command to the commands above so they can be used in section headings.


A pandoc filter allowing easier syntax for the Latex glossaries package with Markdown documents



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