A new entrant in the world of scientific notebooks and academic blogging. Kind of a competitor/complement to jupyter and blogdown which unites them all.

Quarto® is an open-source scientific and technical publishing system built on Pandoc

  • Create dynamic content with Python, R, Julia, and Observable.
  • Author documents as plain text markdown or Jupyter notebooks.
  • Publish high-quality articles, reports, presentations, websites, blogs, and books in HTML, PDF, MS Word, ePub, and more.
  • Author with scientific markdown, including equations, citations, crossrefs, figure panels, callouts, advanced layout, and more.

Notable claims:

Pandoc markdown has excellent support for LaTeX equations and citations. Quarto adds extensions for cross-references, figure panels, callouts, advanced page layout, and more.


Engage readers by adding interactive data exploration to your documents using Jupyter Widgets, htmlwidgets for R, Observable JS, and Shiny.

It seems to load jupyter just fine, and notably promises that it will actually render citations correctly in jupyter.

It shares authors with blogdown and presumably jupyter.

The theming and site structuring is vastly less flexible than hugo, the blogdown backend. OTOH, it leverages many more features of pandoc which leads to many well-supported advanced typographical features.

On the other hand, the website layout is weak compared to hugo, so if one wished to experiment with weird other stuff (such as this website’s content ranking systems or advanced metadata) then you are, AFAICT, out of luck.


Relationship to distill?

Academic affordances

Theming is restricted

Can output to hugo; does that remedy the weaknesses of its theming?

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GitHub-flavored Markdown & a sane subset of HTML is supported.