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I will confess my denseness, but I've read your explanation of what you 
want several times, and I'm not sure I understand what you want. My 
response below was to another user who was talking about using LyX. It 
was not intended to address your original post as I don't understand 
your desire.

What I *think* you're saying is that you want to write in Markdown, with 
all the #Headings and *italics* code and then have LO automatically 
convert that to its own formatted Headings and italics, etc. I don't 
know of any converter (other than, perhaps, Pandoc) that can do that.

I have used a converter to go from ReStructuredText (a markup language 
similar to Markdown) to .ODT, but it doesn't work very elegantly. One 
reason is there are so many different way of formatting something in LO, 
the converter doesn't know which way you might prefer. For example, LO 
can format a heading directly or through paragraph styles with or 
without automatic numbering. If you try to convert a Markdown #Heading 
to LO, your converter won't know if you want direct formatting or 
formatting with a paragraph style. My experience is that most converters 
convert to direct formatting, which then means I have to go back and 
change it all to styles, which sort of defeats the purpose of the 

You then mention wanting to create presentations from your Markdown. 
There again I'm confused. Markdown's purpose is to be a front end to 
HTML which is a continuous stream of content formatted for a web 
browser. When I hear the word "presentation," I think in terms of LO 
Impress or MS Powerpoint. Those formatted documents are *very* different 
from what you get with HTML.

So, if you're trying to write in Markdown and end up with a document 
that looks like a Powerpoint presentation, I think what you're asking 
for is very ambitious, especially since Markdown wasn't intended for 
that type of document. But, if you're using "presentation" in a 
different sense, then I go back to my original comment, I don't 
understand what you want.

Good luck with your efforts


On 11/21/2016 10:29 AM, H wrote:
Interesting but I want to emphasize that this is not a solution for 
what I seek to accomplish.

On 11/21/2016 9:07 AM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
You can do much the same with LO itself.

I've always loved the PDF output from LO's PDF converter. For some
reason I've never been able to figure out, its PDF output seems sharper
and crisper than the PDF output created by other programs, including
LaTeX or LyX. It may just be me.

I've also been impressed with LO's HTML output. It has a couple
different options, either of which which will produce a fairly simple
HTML file which can easily be edited further with any text editor.

And, where an OpenDocument file is needed, you have it without any need
for further conversion.

I confess I'm fairly OCD when it comes to my endless search for the
perfect document creation tool (which of course doesn't exist). In the
FOSS world, I've tried everything from LO to LaTeX, LyX, Markdown, and
ReStructuredText, but I almost always come back to LO.

I usually try one of the other alternatives when I need to do something
LO won't do only to learn later that LO would have done it quite well if
I had only taken the time to learn it.


On 11/20/2016 10:41 PM, gordon cooper wrote:
To divert a little, but not talking about Markdown.

We were looking for a simple way of of producing documents in html,
thought we were on the right track until some of the potential users
asked for pdf too.  We now use Lyx for the authoring, it produces
formatted text, without formatting marks having to be typed in.

 From the Lyx master, we output in pdf and html, with DVI and xhtml
available as options.  Where Open Document format is needed, the html
can be directly pasted in to .odt, but with one failing. A Table of
in Lyx loses the page links in the paste function . There is an easy
work-around, just create a new ToC in Libre Office - about 4 clicks,
and delete the original ToC.

Gordon Cooper

MX-Linux Documentation Team
Tauranga N.Z.

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