Using Katex with Restructured Text

Published: 06.01.2020 | 216 Words | 2 minutes
Tags: [ katex restructuredtext latex ]


Including Katex into a Hugo site? That's easy! Just follow the instructions at and add the Autoloader script-tags to your footer.

But on posts that are using the .rst format the rendering was broken. For example the Latex equation "\forall x,y \in \mathbb{N}" should be rendered as

$$ \forall x,y \in \mathbb{N} $$

but instead there was $$ forall x, y in mathbb{N} $$

The issue can be found in the processing of the .rst file. Because "\" is the escape-character in Restructured Text all "\" are stripped off from the html-output.


You could just escape the "\" with another "\" so that the equation will look like this "\\forall x,y \\in \\mathbb{N}". This might work for small formulas but it's not perfect. Because now we have to type much more "\".

The more convenient solution is to use a Directive named "raw". With ".. raw:: html"" the Restructured Text-Parser will bypass a section of the content so that Katex can do the rendering. It can be utilized like this:

    Some content above.

    .. raw:: html

        $$ \forall x,y \in \mathbb{N} $$

    Normal content below the ignored section.
    The blank lines around .. raw:: html are important as it is the indetation!

More information about this Directive can be found at the Docutils referenze

That's all ;)
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