# Pandoc conversion - LaTeX logo not displaying correctly

I used \LaTeX to get the LaTeX logo in my .tex file. However, converting it to pdf with:

pandoc file.tex -o file.pdf

produces a file that doesn't have the correctly formatted LaTeX logo. However, pdflatex works just fine.

How do I resolve this?

EDIT: Minimal example:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\LaTeX{} is a program for typesetting documents.
\end{document}
• Pandoc uses by default the pdflatex engine for conversion. If I take the one-liner from above: \LaTeX is a program for typesetting and save it as logo.md and process it pandoc logo.md -o logo.pdf the result is as expected (a correctly displayed logo). If you "just" have a complete .tex file, I would rather use the pdflatex command directly. – blue_tiger300 Mar 17 '16 at 8:26
• @blue_tiger300 Yes, you're right. I have a complete .tex file, and the pdflatex command directly works. (I'm left wondering why, though). – naiveai Mar 17 '16 at 8:34
• Pandoc sets the option -s automatically and uses its internal template to generate the pdf. My guess is that there is clash between your full .tex document and the template. But then again it is just a guess. Maybe you want to open a ticket on the pandoc github site?! – blue_tiger300 Mar 17 '16 at 9:07
• What are you trying to achieve with pandoc file.tex -o file.pdf? Why are you running pandoc on a latex file? – DG' Mar 17 '16 at 10:14
• I normally use Pandoc to convert pretty much anything. I am learning LaTeX and was trying to integrate it with the tools I use. – naiveai Mar 17 '16 at 11:13

1. Don't use pandoc to run LaTeX files. Pandoc is a document converter not a LaTeX compiler.

2. Pandoc just behaves as it's supposed to. Pandoc has two parts, a reader and a writer. The reader transforms the input to an abstract syntax tree (AST) that represents the document structure and the writer transforms the AST back into the desired output format.

So, what happend to \LaTeX in your document? The reader translated it to LaTeX and stored it in the AST. The latex writer consequently saw only the string LaTeX (and not \LaTeX) and therefore wrote only LaTeX.

In other words, pandoc converted your LaTeX document into another LaTeX document containing only those elements, which can be represented in pandoc's AST.

3. Pandoc's markdown reader on the other hand can pass LaTeX code through to the writer. So a markdown file containing:

\LaTeX\ is a program for typesetting documents.

can be converted to PDF (via latex) with:

pandoc file.md -o file.pdf

and the logo will be preserved:

• The problem with markdown is that you can't use a custom preamble and/or packages (to my knowledge). Guess I'll use pdflatex then. – naiveai Mar 17 '16 at 15:08
• You can edit the template and/or use header includes, cf. tex.stackexchange.com/questions/296990/… – DG' Mar 17 '16 at 17:16