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I have the following markdown document:




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I would like to make a clickable table of contents out of it, similar to the way LaTex does, but can't find a tool that does this, which suggests to me that we should build one.

The tool should collect 'H1' headings and 'H2' headings such that it assigns the number 1 to Heading-a and the number 1.1. to Heading-b, 1.2. to Heading-c, 2. to Heading-d, 2.1. to Heading-e and so on, such that we should get the following Table of contents:

  1. Heading-a
  1.1. Heading-b
  1.2. Heading-c
  2. Heading-d
  2.1. Heading-e

How can I do this with Python/AWK/SED?

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Why don't you just use LaTeX? –  jtbandes Jul 25 '09 at 21:25
Thank you for your answers! –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 5:10
@jtbandes: The syntax of Markdown is easier to read, faster to type and easier to compile than that of LaTex. –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 5:11

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The Markdown in Python implementation has support for extensions one of which includes Table of Contents generation. Additionally Pandoc (which is a Haskell markup->PDF has support for markdown (in addition to a bunch of other formats) and can output pretty HTML, LaTeX, PDFs, etc.

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Your answer raised another problem in installing the extensions at the thread superuser.com/questions/13075/… –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 5:10

See this article for a comparison of lightweight markup languages with some information on tables of contents that might lead you in the direction of a solution.

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The link is not working. –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 4:23
The link works for me. –  Dennis Williamson Jul 26 '09 at 8:44
It seems to be the case that the original author has just removed the blog post such that you have the article in your cache. –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 12:47
The article can be found at Google's cache: site:alexandrenotebook.blogspot.com/2008/01/… –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 12:48
@Dennis: Please, see the following thread where I try to understand why the initial link does not work superuser.com/questions/13154/… –  Masi Jul 26 '09 at 13:08

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