Pandoc filter to include CSV files

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pandoc-placetable filter

A Pandoc filter that replaces fenced code blocks (that have the class table) with tables generated from CSV. The CSV is read from the code block and from an optional external CSV file (or URL) and concatenated. There’s an option to enable parsing of inline markdown.

Some usage examples:

```{.table file="foo.csv"}

even,"with spaces"

```{.table file=""}

```{.table inlinemarkdown=yes}
"when compiled with the inlineMarkdown flag","we _can_ write **Markdown** here"

```{.table file="foo.csv" header=yes}

```{.table file="foo.csv" header=yes aligns=LRCRR inlinemarkdown=yes
     caption="my **caption**" delimiter="," quotechar="\"" }


Prepare a markdown file containing a fenced code block like the ones above, then:

pandoc --filter pandoc-placetable

Alternatively, the program can be used as an ad-hoc csv-reader and run without a markdown file. Then the options can be provided as command-line arguments. For example:

$ pandoc-placetable --file=foo.csv --widths="0.2 0.8" | pandoc -f json -o output.html

Or also:

$ cat foo.csv | pandoc-placetable --widths="0.2 0.8" | pandoc -f json -o output.html

All options are optional and are specified as follows (cf. pandoc-placetable -h):

  • csv: The path or URL to the CSV file that is appended to the code block’s content
  • file: synonym for csv
  • header: If set to yes, then the first row of data is interpreted as the table headers.
  • aligns: For each column, one letter (L, R or C) that specifies the column’s alignment.
  • widths: For each column, a number specifying its width as a fraction of the page width, e.g. widths="0.5 0.2 0.3".
  • inlinemarkdown: If set to yes, interprets the caption and CSV fields as markdown. This requires pandoc-placetable to be compiled with the inlineMarkdown flag (see below).
  • caption: The table caption.
  • delimiter: A one-character string used in the CSV to separate fields, defaults to ,. For characters not allowed standing alone in Pandoc markdown attributes, use \t for a tab and \s for a space.
  • quotechar: A one-character string that may be used in the CSV to quote fields containing special characters, defaults to ".

If there is an id set (e.g. {.table #my-id}), the table will be wrapped in a div with that id so it can be referenced.


Using cabal and Hackage

cabal update
cabal install pandoc-placetable

Using stack

git clone
cd pandoc-placetable
stack install pandoc-placetable

The inlineMarkdown flag

When compiled with the inlineMarkdown flag, the inlinemarkdown=yesoption is available to have CSV and the caption be interpreted as markdown. Note that the flag causes Pandoc to be required as a dependency so it will take a while to build.

cabal install -f inlineMarkdown pandoc-placetable


cd pandoc-placetable
stack install --flag pandoc-placetable:inlineMarkdown pandoc-placetable


The idea and syntax for this filter was proposed by @jgm on pandoc-discuss and first implemented by @baig’s pandoc-csv2table, over which I consider this filter an improvement.

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