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--></style></head><body lang=EN-US link="#0563C1" vlink="#954F72"><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>It’s astonishing what you can get done when you’re avoiding other work. </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Apple Color Emoji"'>☺</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'> For fun[0], I decided to see how much would need to change in the BRs to get Pandoc to produce a PDF from them, since it can happily take the same source document and also produce DOCX, HTML, and even ODT. Turns out, it wasn’t much:<o:p></o:p></span></p><ol style='margin-top:0in' start=1 type=1><li class=MsoListParagraph style='margin-left:0in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>I removed the funky Kramdown table header lines from the list of ballots and the list of effective dates at the top of the document.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoListParagraph style='margin-left:0in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>I removed some zero-length Unicode space characters that had crept into one of the 7.2.2.X.X.X sections.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ol><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>That’s it. Really.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>From there, I added a metadata file (“BR.yaml”) that contains some document variables like the title and copyright info, and a template LaTeX document with a nice-looking title page, since that’s what Pandoc uses in the background to produce a PDF. Then I converted the old title block for the document to a ‘Verso’ page so there’s still a title at the top of the Markdown file. The result is attached: I think it looks pretty close to what we were looking for, including an automatically-generated table of contents and a nice title page, and we can use the same toolset to generate all of the output artifacts. From there, next steps would be to generate a similarly nice-looking Word doc (Pandoc will take an existing DOCX as a template and use its formatting styles) and CSS for the other two formats.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>Note that we don’t <i>need</i> to go this route, but it’s cool to note that a little tinkering with the Markdown generated something that will produce all three outputs pretty easily. If you’re curious, I forked the repo and the changes and artifact output are here:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>            <a href="https://github.com/castillar/documents">https://github.com/castillar/documents</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>            --Jos<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'>[0] For interesting values of “fun” that include “avoiding house-cleaning”.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Georgia",serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Consolas;color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Consolas;color:black'>-- <br>Jos Purvis (jopurvis@cisco.com)<br>.:|:.:|:. cisco systems  | Cryptographic Services<br>PGP: 0xFD802FEE07D19105  | +1 919.991.9114 (desk)</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p></div></body></html>