The problem I have is that when I convert a document using Pandoc from .docx to .tex, the tables get messed up. Is there a way to use pandoc that will retain the proper table formatting in .tex?

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Depends at last on your table. Complicated tables need handwork for an proper looking in LaTeX... I just saw your edit: the tex table is better, believe me. Search here for tables and there typographie ...
    – Mensch
    Commented May 26, 2015 at 13:16
  • Pandoc will convert the table but uses the longtable environment instead of the tabular environment. I need to use the tablular :/ Hi thanks for the welcome! :)
    – David
    Commented May 26, 2015 at 13:17
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    The TeX table is poor, nut it's much less poor than the original. The manual for the booktabs package gives some excellent advice on well-formatted tables. If you really need identical (rather than superior) formatting for some reason, you may need to resort to hand-tweaking. TeX is a powerful system; few conversions will be perfect. Commented May 26, 2015 at 14:18
  • I think the structure of the format is well preserved. Did you mean the formatting of the table? Do you miss the vertical line separators between columns and the left and right border lines? Commented May 27, 2015 at 13:20
  • @KurtPfeifle Yes it was the vertical line separators I was looking for.
    – David
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 23:06

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Currently Pandoc doesn't support the tabular table environment.

Someone announced in the Pandoc discussion forum about a year ago a separate Pandoc filter to achieve this:

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    I was thinking about using the filter mechanism but found an alternative. Writer2latex writer2latex.sourceforge.net seems to work better and uses xml config files to add or remove packages or formatting options. I'm still working out the kinks :)
    – David
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 18:29
  • The direct link now requires registration , but it can be still accessed with the Google cache: webcache.googleusercontent.com/… Commented Jan 11 at 13:59

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