Markdown + Latex -> Fast & easy mathematical note taking

28.4.2014

I’ve started to use Markdown for taking notes some time ago and I love it because it’s fast and clear to write and read, but still can be compiled easily to nice .pdfs. The only thing that annoyed me was that when your notes start to contain formulae, they become a lot less readable. For e.g. the pandoc converter whatever is supposed be interpreted as a formula needs to be enclosed by Latex’s $ signs. So, suddenly you have to write about $f(x)$, where $x \in [0,1]$ and $f : [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, which is rather painful when all you want is to write down something about f(x), x \in [0,1], f : [0,1] -> \R. Wouldn’t it be great if your markdown converter would simply detect such suspiciously mathy looking parts of your text, mark them as “Latex math mode”, and help you with some little replacings, e.g. of the -> preferred in .txt and .md notes to Latex’s \rightarrow?

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