[IPython-User] ipython notebook codeblock with greaterthan

Min RK benjaminrk@gmail....
Wed Jan 16 02:39:13 CST 2013

On Jan 15, 2013, at 22:32, Jakob Gager <gager@ilsb.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:

> On 01/15/2013 06:27 PM, MinRK wrote:
>>> To really get a greater sign (and no blockquote) you can use the html code &gt; (don't forget the
>>    semicolon).
>>> #&gt; ls.dat  # works fine!
>>    I would suggest avoiding html entities, That would not support conversion to Tex/rst/pdf… with nbconvert.
>>    Usually you can escape the Markdown delimiter with \ (backslash), it does not work on this case,
>>    but starting the line with a non breaking space does the trick here.
>> I don't think this comment is accurate.  Markdown is 100% intended to include inline html, and any
>> converter should expect this to be the case.  Pandoc, for instance, handles html entities inside markdown
>> just fine.  If nbconvert can't handle html entities in markdown, this is just a bug in nbconvert.
> Well, unfortunately this is only partially true. Pandoc handles html entries in markdown only if the 
> target format supports those (e.g. target = html) -
> see http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/README.html#raw-html.
> However, if you want to convert markdown to latex, the html entities are simply removed and won't show up 
> in the tex file. That's why Matthias suggested to avoid html entities in the notebook (I guess).
> So this "bug" is not related to nbconvert but is rather a result of the way pandoc handles html entities 
> in markdown. (I'm currently working on this markdown-html2latex conversion in my nbconverter)

Sure, not tables and such,
but special characters like &gt;, etc. do work, and it is correct and safe to use them in markdown.
> Jakob
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