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Similar to $title$, $author$, and $date$, is there an $abstract$ parameter that one can pass to a latex file from the title block? Example:

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closed as off topic by Loop Space, lockstep, Qrrbrbirlbel, percusse, Paulo Cereda Oct 5 '12 at 14:28

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There's been a thread about it in pandoc-discuss list – henrique Oct 5 '12 at 13:05
Although you've gotten an answer from Paulo here, questions about pandoc's input are generally off-topic here as they don't really involve TeX and therefore you would be more likely to get help on the pandoc mailing list that henrique links to. – Loop Space Oct 5 '12 at 13:30

I had a look at the documentation and found out that you can easily set new variables. Sadly, I don't think pandoc is able to automatically extract custom variables, since the documentation states that some variables are automatically set, other aren't.

We can extend default.latex from $PANDOC_HOME/templates to include an abstract verification. I made a copy from https://github.com/jgm/pandoc-templates/blob/master/default.latex and added the following code before the $body$ markup:




I saved my new file as article.latex. Now I can call:

$ pandoc --template=article.latex --variable abstract="I'm an abstract" INPUT -o OUTPUT.tex

The new block

I'm an abstract

will be available in the generated file.

Hope it helps. :)

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Gracias. Helped quite much. Not exactly what I'm looking for though, since you're passing the abstract in as arguments, whereas I want to define ALL my variables and parameters at the beginning of the .rst file in the header. – mt3 Oct 6 '12 at 7:06

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