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I have been looking for a good setup to create bilingual documents for a while, and have recently stumbled onto Markdown.

I am running Linux.

In Remarkable and Atom, I get Devanagari and German output, but the formatting is not to my pleasing.

I am now trying to use Pandoc to get a Pdf output of the Markdown file, but the Devanagari is not showing.

For example in the Markdown document, I type काम kām, but only kām shows up in the Pdf.

This is the Pandoc line I enter in the terminal:

pandoc --latex-engine=xelatex -f markdown h1b.md -t latex -o h1b.pdf

And this is my Yaml header in the Markdown document:

---
toc: true
fontsize: 12pt
documentclass: article
font: Noto Serif
output:
  pdf_document:
    latex_engine: xelatex
...

I must be missing something, but am not sure what. I have tried not to change the default Pandoc Latex template, so if there is a solution where i need to add something to the Yaml code, that would be best.

Edit: if someone has a Devanagari supported Pandoc template, that would also be nice. I am currently trying to make one.

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    (See this question for an explanation of what you're seeing.) At minimum, you can try changing the font to a Devanagari font that also contains Latin characters (Arial Unicode, Mukta, Rajdhani, Chandas, etc). But the “proper” way involves more work… – ShreevatsaR Oct 2 '17 at 7:44
  • I was using the font Noto and have changed to Nakula, and all seems to be working now. Thanks for the tip. Only issue now, is that the markdown bold is not bold in the Latex/PDF (any ideas?). – badaboum Oct 3 '17 at 21:04
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    Nakula doesn't have a bold font. – ShreevatsaR Oct 3 '17 at 21:21
  • I thought that might be the issue, thanks for the speedy answer! Could you advise me for a good font for Hindi/Sanskrit? – badaboum Oct 3 '17 at 21:29
  • @badaboum You can take a look at Shobhika. ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/shobhika – Ramaprakasha Dec 24 '17 at 2:28

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