Quarto

Swiss army knife for hand-whittling scientific reports, slides and blogs



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, and also shares many authors with them

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.

and

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

So it does some of the same things that jupyter and blogdown do as regards diverse output, but attempts to tie them together into a single scientific workbook.

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

Theming

I do not yet understand how this works; presumably slightly differently for each output format.

Websites

The theming and site structuring is vastly less flexible as far as website output than hugo, the blogdown backend. If one wished to experiment with weird other stuff (such as the content ranking, recommendation or quirky indexing systems on this site) then one is, AFAICT, out of luck.

OTOH, it leverages many more features of pandoc which leads to many well-supported advanced typographical features.

slides

Slide output options are here:

TBD.

Jupyter support

Of course jupyter ends up being a thing.

Academic affordances

As an academic I want certain things in my writing tools, i.e. maths, citations and crossreferences. Quarto knows about these.

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