The pander package gives you access to all the Pandoc options you can handle. Seems like a big mountain to climb, but once you get started it’s actually not too rough.

In particular, the pandoc.[WHATEVER]() functions from pander make it easy to render nicely formatted objects in R Markdown.

An example … say you had the following character vector:

bowie <- c("Young Americans", "Station To Station", "Low", "Heroes", "Lodger", "Scary Monsters", "Let's Dance")

You could just print the object:

## [1] "Young Americans"    "Station To Station" "Low"               
## [4] "Heroes"             "Lodger"             "Scary Monsters"    
## [7] "Let's Dance"

Doesn’t look great. Maybe try it with the generic pander() function around the name of the character vector:

# install.packages("pander")

Young Americans, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters and Let’s Dance

Still not great, but until a couple days ago that’s probably where I would have left it.

Then I tab-completed into the pandoc.[WHATEVER]() functions and realized I was doing it wrong …

In this case if I want a list then I should go with pandoc.list():

## * Young Americans 
## * Station To Station 
## * Low 
## * Heroes 
## * Lodger 
## * Scary Monsters 
## * Let's Dance 
## <!-- end of list -->

That looks more like a list … at least as it would be printed in a console.

If you want to see it bulleted just wrap another pander() around it:

  • Young Americans
  • Station To Station
  • Low
  • Heroes
  • Lodger
  • Scary Monsters
  • Let’s Dance

And if you want to see the vector ordered:

pander(pandoc.list(bowie, style="ordered"))
  1. Young Americans
  2. Station To Station
  3. Low
  4. Heroes
  5. Lodger
  6. Scary Monsters
  7. Let’s Dance

The best part about these functions is that they’re documented inside R man pages (as opposed to only in the generic pandoc documentation):