Using Overleaf as a blogging clientI use Overleaf for all my writing and presentations. Iâd like to use Overleaf for blogging as well. I usually write my blog like posts in Medium but Medium cannot yet show posts that contain tables, figures, and citations. So, I was looking for a workflow that might be useful for bringing in the power of Overleaf and blogging where one can customize the appearance of the paper and share in an html format.
I suppose one can go in a number of directions. From the simple to a little more complex,
- I can convert a LaTeXdocument Iâd write in Overleaf to HTML and email the document to a Blogger or Wordpress site. That might be the easiest?
- If I want a little more flexibility in terms of how I want the site to appear and tweak things, I can use Github to use Github pages to push and serve my article as a static file that people can read
- An alternative way is to use static site generators and a web hosted solution such as Surge or Netlify to serve the paper.
Publishing an Overleaf Article as a blog post through Wordpress or BloggerFor this, you need the following:
- An Overleaf Account (Free, you get 1 GB free space)
- A Blogger or Wordpress Account.
- An installation of Pandoc
- An installation of Git
- An Email Client
Go to blogger, set up an account if you do not have one, or select a blog where you want to work. Then set up your account so that you can email files to blogger directly and get published instantly. Here is a screenshot:
git clone URL
Now you use Pandoc to generate the html from the LaTeXdocument, and the code is
pandoc -f latex -t html â"filter pandoc-citeproc â"bibliography sample.bib -o post1.html main.tex
Explanation of this code
- pandoc is for invoking the pandoc programme
- -f and -t are from and to, so from latex to html
- filter: use it if youâd like to use a bibliography file and references, in this case the file name is sample.bib
- -o is for output and give it a file name, in this case post1.html
- main.tex is the name of the file that gets converted